|Posted on November 19, 2012 at 12:40 AM|
The ROC Report #6
God is continuing to bless The ROC in so many ways. Everyone on the board and the team leaders are so dedicated to fulfilling the mission of Working together to help each other. So far 55 people have signed up to volunteer for ROC projects plus ten who are Board members and team leaders. These folks are our greatest blessing for they are people helping people. Our quest is to be able to fully utilize and appreciate them so they will know how valuable they are. We are also grateful for our regular donors who, although are few right now, are making sacrificial contributions to help sustain our outreach to very needy people in our community. We have also received donations of goods from merchants for which we are grateful.
I must share with you the Big News of this month. It has been six months since we made application for our 501 (c)(3) [non-profit status] and on Friday, 11-16, it finally came! We are now officially official! The status is retroactive to May 9 of this year so all contributions made will be tax deductable. This is something we are very relieved to finally have in hand. I want to give recognition to my wife, Jeanne, who worked so hard studying and writing and applying for the Articles of Incorporation and the non-profit status. She did a wonderful job and I’m so proud of her. Thank you, Jeanne!
Jeanne and I went on a vacation that was purchased for us a year ago September (before we ever dreamed of The ROC) by our friends who have retired from Manhattan to Adellaide, SA, Australia. We were gone 2 ½ weeks and it was wonderful. We were able to do this without having to worry about The ROC while we were gone thanks to Kim Regan, our Schools’ and Totes of Hope Team Leader. She stepped right up and took the emergency relief calls while we were gone and kept up with the huge responsibility of seeing that the Totes of Hope stayed on track for the children at the elementary schools. Thank you so much, Kim. You are invaluable to this ministry. I am also pleased to announce that Kim, who has only been in Rifle for six months, has assured that her presence and work here with The ROC will be ongoing because she closed on a house in Rifle on Friday. Welcome to the neighborhood, Kim!
The ROC helped 6 people with emergency funds this month ranging from a tank of gas to get to medical appointments and work to helping with utilities and rent. We expect this census to go up as the winter months come. Besides this the Totes of Hope program has increased to 200 totes per week for the elementary schools. We have picked up the Head Start kindergarten and are trying to gear up for the middle school at the beginning of the year. We are hoping that The Food Bank of the Rockies will increase their contributions to accommodate another 50 children so we can accommodate this need. Kim is aggressively soliciting chain stores to get food contributions from them as well. City market called us to come pick up 5 cases of snacks donated by vendors that the elementary schools had wanted. These were distributed last Thursday.
With the 501 now in hand it will be easier to get business on board because now we have the EIN# we can give to them for their tax deductible contributions. I will also begin to be more aggressive in going to small businesses in Rifle to get their sponsorship. We will also begin to write grants.
Thank you all for your interest in The ROC and we covet your daily prayers most of all. If you can be part of the $10 A Month Club be assured that these funds are used judiciously. We feel a great obligation to God for this ministry and so we are very careful.
If you haven’t yet become a member of the web site, where you will get automatic updates, you are invited to go to www.reach-out-colorado.org and go to the membership tab. If you are a local, you can also volunteer on line.