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The ROC Report #11

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 3:40 PM

The ROC Report #11

4-4-13

I’ll begin with the report for the month:

Totes of Hope for 250 children per week

Lodging: 4

Food: 2 boxes; $75

Gas: $75

Utilities: 2; $242.50

Auto Repair: 1; $2,326.21 [In Kind Donation from Columbine Ford in Rifle]

The ROC is grateful for our many volunteers and contributors who make this possible. God has blessed us with good helpers, board members, team leaders and volunteers who pack and deliver the totes of food for the children at the three elementary schools and Head Start in Rifle.

Great news this month! The ROC received its first grant of $2,500 for emergency services from The Duncan Foundation. This is the first grant Jeanne applied for back in January and one day the check was in the PO Box. Of course we were excited and encouraged as well. Jeanne has been writing about 3 grants per week lately and it is good to see her hard work paying off! This grant money will help free up the General Operation Expense because until now almost all emergency funding was coming out of that account.

We had a great ROC Board Meeting last night. The Team Leader reports raised great enthusiasm.

School Projects Team; Leader Kim Regan, Asst. Tami Long.

Kim reported that the Totes of Hope program went very smoothly this year thanks to our regular and faithful volunteers who truck a months’ worth of food for 250 children over to our food bank facility, unload palates of food from the truck and carry it down stairs and fill the shelves, who pack individual bags of food, load them into delivery bins, break down and carry away the empty cardboard boxes, carry the 80-100 lb bins with 10 bags of food in each up stairs and then deliver them to the schools where the school counselors distribute them to the kids for the weekend. The Food is donated by The Food Bank of the Rockies; our organization is the distributor to the schools.

Next year the plan is to begin a school supplies drive and a coat drive as well and perhaps expand the Totes program into the Junior High in Rifle.

We are also looking into expanding the program to the communities of Parachute and Battlement Mesa where the need is great in these impoverished areas. We will be meeting with the school leaders there on April 10. We hope that the Food Bank of the Rockies will be able to accommodate the needs of these children with food as well so we can distribute it to them. However, if this happens we will definitely need a larger facility to store the food in for the quantity is sure to double. Check the photo above of Roland, a large 6'5" volunteer helping to stack totes of food for the next day's delivery and you can get a feel for how full our little room gets. We are praying for a building owner in Rifle to let us use space to store and pack the food for both Rifle and Parachute. Due to the economy, there are many empty buildings in town and I’m hoping that someone would be willing to give us a $1/year lease to get the tax right off rather than just let their facility sit empty. So pray with us for that, would you!!

Latino Integration Team: Naomi Arredondo

The purpose of this team is to give opportunities for Latinos in the community to get involved in volunteer programs and to develop community leadership among them. Naomi is planning a Mexican Festival this summer that will include Latino dance groups, music and food. The whole community will be invited. This event will be a fund raiser for The ROC. She has also been actively involved in recruiting Latino to be part of our volunteer pool.

Senior Assistance. (Team Leader needed)\

Tami Long has done some research into what kind of things our Senior program could do and she made an excellent presentation to the Board. The primary thing is relationship building with seniors who live alone and have no support system in place. We would be looking for committed team members who would be trained to be sensitive to the needs of seniors, would stay in regular contact with them and provide information to them for services they would need. We are praying for an impassioned team leader for this who will help us build a program that will not duplicate services already available, but will develop other services that will enhance the quality of care that our seniors have available to them.

Emergency Assistance, Dave Bottroff

We are looking for a permanent Emergency Assistance Leader who will have the time to work with individual needs as they come to us, network with other agencies who give emergency assistance, and work with utility companies, land lords and service people to try and meet genuine needs of families in the community. With the arrival of our first grant for emergency services the Board has authorized a budget of $500/month for this. It is not much but it will prevent us from spending all we have in one month. Hopefully more grants and contributions will come in to keep up with the need. We interview and check each request that comes to us to do all we can to make sure the need is legitimate. We cannot help people on a month by month basis.

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