It Takes A Community
By BY SONNY LONG - SLONG@VICAD.COM
Dec. 23, 2011 at 6:23 a.m.
Nonprofit organizations rely on all segments of a community to survive.
From donations and volunteer hours from individuals to monetary contributions from businesses and grants from local governments, charities need funding from all these sources to continue the work they do.
During Tuesday's Victoria City Council meeting, a report given by Jared Mayfield, assistant director of development services, provided the perfect example.
Mayfield, during a public hearing on the annual evaluation report on the Community Development Block Grant program, noted several nonprofits that had been assisted with grant funds during the year.
CDBG grants come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, but projects must be approved and funds administered through the city.
In addition to other assistance provided with grant funds, the Victoria nonprofit agencies assisted included Mid-Coast Family Services for construction of a new women's shelter. The agency was awarded more than $400,000 in grant funds for the project.
Other nonprofit organizations assisted with these grant funds during the year included Habitat for Humanity, Victoria Senior Citizens Association, Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Club and the Community Action Committee.
As for businesses who assist local charities, from toy drives to wish trees, the contributors are many including the Victoria Chamber of Commerce.
Whether cash donations, in-kind assistance or employee volunteer hours, Victoria businesses lead the way in assisting local nonprofit agencies and the citizens of Victoria in need.
One ongoing example is the Wrap a Child In Warmth coat campaign put on by Coldwell Banker The Ron Brown Company.
For 18 years, the business has coordinated, along with the help of Triangle Cleaners and the Victoria school district, the annual drive to collect coats and blankets for those who need them.