South County Community Services (SCCS) is launching a membership drive in October. The campaign is designed to support the agency’s vision, mission and long-term promise to serve the approximately 25,000 residents in the South County service area.
Within this population there are 11 percent living below poverty level. Twenty-seven percent are ranked as seniors and may well be living on fixed incomes. “The effort is aimed at stabilizing funding and delivering needed services,” states SCCS Board President, Lorna Landrum. “The initiative began months ago with fine-tuning our vision and mission statements. When it became clear that we had to be more proactive,” she notes.
South County Community Services will be the dynamic hub connecting individuals and families at all life stages with the resources necessary to manage life’s challenges and opportunities, working together restoring and improving the quality of their lives.
South County Community Services promotes improved quality of life for all residents of South Kalamazoo County by providing emergency assistance, resource referral and service programs focusing on: individual and family support ¸ housing assistance, employment readiness, money management, health and wellness, ride assistance and volunteer opportunities to support all stages of life.
To achieve these goals the board needs to list and prioritize unmet needs, improve the community’s awareness of the services SCCS provides, and stabilize funding to execute the mission, according to Landrum. About 50 percent of the SCCS budget comes from United Way of Battle Creek and the Kalamazoo region, to which many community members give so generously. More than 250 people in the community volunteer on a regular basis and many more answer the agency’s seasonal calls for assistance with projects and programs. Others have made significant pledges to the SCCS endowment fund. “All these efforts are greatly appreciated but, sadly, this is not quite enough to sustain the mission,” summarizes Landrum.
After hours of study about needs and available resources, the board now recognizes that in order to fulfill its responsibilities, more needs to be done. Therefore the board has committed to establishing a membership program that is expected to involve more donors, raise awareness about SCCS services, and generate regular revenues to assist with the important work that SCCS intends to accomplish.
“Today we are offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for South County residents and supporters to become a charter member of the SCCS family of supporters who believe in the work done by the board, staff and volunteers already committed to serving South County families,” announces Larry Forsyth, chair of the membership drive.
There are many affordable membership levels to consider. Charter members will receive a very special membership card and charter member names will be inscribed on a plaque prominently displayed at SCCS. Call 649-2901 today to request a membership information packet which outlines all the options and benefits. The deadline for becoming a charter member is December 31, 2013.