The Richmond-Perrine Optimist Club was founded in 1971 by a group of concerned residents of the Richmond Heights/Perrine area over the lack of organized sports and other activities for youth that were being provided to youth in other communities. Out of this concern, a group of dedicated residents came together and volunteered their time to form and nurture this organization. The organization initially began as a sports development program, which branched out into all kinds of civic and social activities in the South Miami-Dade Community.
In 1977, the Agency ventured into its first government sponsored social services program when it established the Perrine Crime Prevention Program. The organization has since expanded in the social service arena, and has established programs in four minority communities in South Miami-Dade including: Perrine, Goulds, Naranja, and Modello, in addition to having one of the best youth league athletic programs in all of Miami established in the Richmond Heights area. Over the years we have served thousands of needy individuals and families, and nothing gives our agency more pleasure than to see individuals that we have helped, in productive roles in this society. None of this would have been possible without the dedication and hours of volunteer work by the agency’s staff and Board of Directors. To these tireless individuals who have shown a unique passion serving this community, I say thank you! We have and will continue to serve South Miami-Dade County with a vigor and commitment that is unrivaled. We love the community and the people that we serve, and we remain true to our mission statement that is to “establish programs and services in all poor and disadvantaged communities in South Dade in order to help those who are the most needed achieve a better quality of life.