Paul Hendricks at Carver Community Center
Paul Hendricks with friends in front
of the Carver Community Center

Boys Playing a Game

Carver Group Picture

Carver Boy Playing Pool

History: Carver Timeline

1944 Carver Community Organization evolved from a study administered by the National Recreational Association.
1948 Under the leadership of John E. Ridley, Carver was incorporated as a not for profit organization. Ridley was Director from 1948–1959.
1960 James M. Landers became Director and served until 1988.
1967 Carver began planning a daycare center for children of working mothers or those enrolled in accredited or certified education programs.
1968 Carver initiated a program to encourage high school students to participate in an Indiana University educational project called “GROUPS”.
1982 After-School childcare began.
1989 David Wagner became Executive Director..
1997 Carver opened its 2nd Shift childcare services.
1999 Moved to a new location at 400 SE 8th Street.
2003 Renovations were completed for Carver Senior Services Center.

The childcare program enrolled in the Paths to Quality Assuring Childcare Standards Project which provides support in achieving goals for moving forward with quality improvements in early childhood programs.
The Stephanie Lake Children’s Fund was created by Jeff and Sherry Lake in memory of their daughter. This charitable fund to benefit Carver was established within the Warrick County Community Foundation.
Entered into a 3 year contract with the City of Evansville to manage the C.K. Newsome Community Center and the Carver-Ridley Rollerdrome facilitating additional youth/adult programs.


Approved as a Division of Aging Medicaid Waiver Service Provider for aged and disabled up to Level 3 Adult Day Services and Transportation.
Developed the Evansville National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) a registered United States Tennis Association’s Junior Tennis League site designed to provide year round tennis instruction.


Entered into a 7 year contract with the City of Evansville to manage the C.K. Newsome Community Center facilitating additional youth/adult programs.
Signed an affiliation agreement with Civic Ventures to utilize the Experience Corps model for enhanced intergenerational programming.

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