Carver Community Center is at the heart of Century, Florida. This historic landmark serves a small community in a multitude of ways by providing a safe space for residents of all ages to learn, recreate, and congregate. Many long-term residents of Century have family members that attended school in this building.
The Carver Community Center has gained national recognition through the efforts of Dr. Marilyn Robinson, the center’s director. In 2016, she was recognized by President Barrack Obama and received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her outstanding work. While Carver is an essential institution for those in Century, they do not receive much funding. Century, Florida has a population of roughly 1,800. The estimated income per capita is only $15,000. With an average household of 2.5 people, this falls just below the poverty line for the state. The Carver Community Center has one of the lowest budgets in Escambia County, yet is heavily used. Because of this financial deficit, the exterior of the building and surrounding area have seen years of wear and tear. With no funding to maintain the facilities or make needed repairs, the ‘To-Do’ list kept growing and has laid the groundwork for a massive restoration project.