Each year we put out our Annual Report. It covers what we've been up to throughout the last year. This includes new and expanded programs, funding expenditures, and statistics such as households assisted through various programs.
Persevere: “to persist in or remain constant to a purpose, idea or task in spite of obstacles.” (American Heritage Dictionary) This definition clearly defines this past year in the world of Community Action. Despite the challenges, we have continued to meet our purpose of helping local families and seniors become more self-sufficient. We have generated new and improved ideas of doing more work with fewer resources. We have taken on each task with diligence and determination knowing how many people count on us to be there for them. Although many obstacles remain in our path, we promise to persevere.
As a non-profit organization, we have historically been dependent on grant sources from federal and state entities. Many of these grants have remained intact, but the majority has been flat funded. This means we are receiving the same amount of funding for several years despite that the cost of conducting business has increased. This too has not stopped us. We have sought out new opportunities within our communities to increases services. We are preparing grant applications to initiate or expand programs. We enhanced fundraising efforts and increased our donor base by 21.2% more people and 54.4% more contributions.
I am confident in this agency’s ability to persevere. Our Board of Directors is committed to leading this agency to continued success and is supportive of seeking out new opportunities. Our staff is devoted to the people we serve and continue to provide quality services. Our communities are dedicated to collaborations which provide valuable partnerships enhancing everything we do. Please stand with us as we stay strong, vibrant, and continue to offer a helping hand.
Jill Sutton, Executive Director