|Posted on May 7, 2013 at 12:45 AM|
The ROC Report #12
As I write “ROC Repot #12” it smacks me in the head that, by the grace of God, we have been doing this for one year! Jeanne and I are grateful to God for His blessings and for the support all of you have given us whether it has been through encouragement, prayers, financial support or volunteering.
As a result of the small grant we received last month the ROC Board voted to budget $500 a month for emergency services. We are praying that God will give us fund raising people as well as blessing the other grant applications that are out there so that we will be able to continue and even increase the emergency services budget. In April we helped 3 families with utilities and two with gasoline. We were able to direct 4 people to find help from other services for rent, food and furniture as well. Of course Totes of Hope continues with the weekend food program for 250 elementary children per week. Our Totes volunteers are awesome!
We set up a booth at the Garfield County Child Safety Fair in Rifle which over 600 people attended. I was Master of Ceremonies making announcements and drawing tickets to give away the prizes that local merchants had donated and Jeanne manned the booth, visited with people and signed up twelve new volunteers. This gave The ROC good exposure. The ROC booth gave out spring bulbs for people to plant (that had been donated by City Market in Rifle), mini frisbees with The ROC information on them as well as toy frogs and assorted things for the kids. It was a good day.
I met with the Garfield County Human Services Committee (HSC) this month and have networked with a number of organizations because of this contact. Jeanne and I also attended a workshop on Sustainable Nonprofits and with another committee at United Way which were very helpful and also provided us with some networking.
I also met with a representative from The Aspen Foundation, to whom we have applied for a grant. These processes take time but I believe they are interested in helping us build a stronger ROC by providing management, budget, and board counseling which I would welcome. The fact that we have made it a year has given us experience enough to realize that we want to be a stronger organization.
It was a year ago in April that The River Center Board in New Castle, after which we have modeled The ROC, voted to mentor us and give us support and show us how to get started. I began weekly meetings with their director, Lee Price, and met with their monthly board meetings for more than 6 months. So at the April River Center Board, the ROC Board “flash-mobbed” their meeting with a cake, balloons and a thank you card. They were appreciative and still support The ROC. We make referrals back and forth to each other and share together helping families sometimes as well. We thank them for their guidance and inspiration and for their service in New Castle and Silt.
Like us out on Face Book under Reach-Out Colorado and refer us to your circle of friends, if you please. Our web page is www.reach-out-colorado.org and I up date it every month with info and pictures. We continue to covet your prayers, encouragement and support as we endeavor to provide assistance to people in need.
Director, The ROC