Lancaster & Northumberland Interfaith Service Council
President’s Annual Report for 2019
Interfaith is beginning its 38th year of service to area residents. While much has changed in our Organization from those early years, the mission remains the same-to respond to needs when other resources are insufficient or not available.
Finances: Financially we remain in a sound position as we transition into the winter of 2020. We ended 2019 with $75,979.77 in the bank. Investments currently total 136,030.24.
Grants were received from River Counties Community Foundation, Walter F. and Dorothy G. Covington Foundation, Kilmarnock, Irvington, White Stone Rotary, Kiwanis Club of the Northern Neck, Grace Episcopal Church, Mason and Lula Cole Trust for a total of $17,182.00.
Individuals and churches have been strong supporters this year and we would be remiss if we did not mention Burke’s Jewelers for including Interfaith in their Battery Replacement program.
Jane Woodle of Mosaic Consignments continues to go above and beyond in her support of Interfaith and this year we also established a relationship with River Consignments. All proceeds are put back into our treasury to assist those in need.
Dolphin Book-keeping performed a Financial Review and stated that the books were in order.
Concerned Citizens: David Lacy continues to lead this program. Thanks to his efforts, except for well issues, most jobs were completed by volunteers. As a result, funds were only needed for materials. At least 150 individuals volunteered for 1924 hours over the course of the year.
The Southside Church of The Nazarene returned again in June and October and the Northern Neck Christian Youth completed several projects. 17 jobs were completed at a total cost of $21,935.13 but David estimates the actual value of the work was $55,000. The Board felt that there are many more who need help with repairs than the number of requests being received. In response, Interfaith had a one day special screening opportunity in August. Thirteen were screened and 6 were approved for assistance. For approval, families must own the property or have life time rights, taxes must be current, and income is limited to 200% or less of the current poverty guidelines. For those needing a ramp who are renting, permission must be granted by the landlord.
Emergency Assistance: 105 families received emergency assistance which is a decrease of 17% from 2018. These requests ranged from food, electric, rent, emergency housing, and other needs. The maximum grant is still $300. 61.9 % of those helped were from Lancaster and 38.1 % were from Northumberland. Total assistance was $ $21,591.02.
The Warehouse crew has been very busy again this year. 335 families were served and 5,613 items were distributed. Volunteers responded to 250 requests for pickup of donations. Over the course of the year volunteers logged 2,704 hours. We are most grateful to the community for their in-kind donations for without their support the Warehouse would have to close. In addition, we are grateful to Booth’s Furniture, Noblett’s Appliances, The Rappahannock Record and 101.7 for their support.
Special thanks to Grace Episcopal for a second grant this fall to purchase heaters for distribution this winter and to repair the Office roof. Thanks go out to Campbell Memorial Presbyterian for funds to purchase bed frames through Booth furniture. Once again, Interfaith volunteers were able to glean from items remaining at the end of Grace Episcopal Church’s Annual Yard Sale in May and also at the end of Wicomico Parish’s Market Days in October. What a blessing.
We also experienced a break-in at the Interfaith Office. The computer was stolen, but thanks to ever vigilant volunteers, all records are backed up each day so data was not lost. We were blessed with a new laptop from Lacy Auto and a used desk top from RWC.
Sadly several former volunteers were lost this year. Yvonne Williams who served on our Board and also managed the Warehouse for a number of years and Susie Hathaway a screener at the Warehouse both died in recent months.
Other Activities: In April, a mass mailing was sent out to raise funds, we participated in the Northumberland Social Services Family Fun Day, and sent a Representative to an Informational Event for seniors hosted by Visiting Angels.
The Board has updated the Policies and Procedures Manual, reviewed current liability policies and purchased a policy covering the Board. Jim Thompson set up a new online donation option for the Interfaith website to replace the prior one that was no longer in service.
Two vehicles were donated and transferred this year. One a van went to a family of 6 and a car to a single individual. She writes,” I received a great blessing, one that I truly believe was sent by God through your organization. I wake up every morning feeling blessed and so thankful for His faith in me. I have secured employment and am able to continue to be a blessing to others in need.” The family has indicated it has meant the world to them to have a vehicle.
Thanks go out to Susan McKeown for covering the Interfaith phone and to Gene McKeown for arranging all pickups. Sometimes thankless jobs but oh so important to the organization.
The Board remains the same as last year. Edna Mason President, Larry Kight Vice President, Susan McKeown 2nd Vice, Irene Russo Secretary, Christy Smith Treasurer, County Reps-Fred Burke Jr., Louis Lee, John Hedlund, and David Lacy. Bonnie James is Warehouse Manager and David Lacy Concerned Citizens Chair.
The Council is deeply grateful for the support of the community because we could not fulfill our mission without it. We ask for your prayers throughout the year as we try to lead Interfaith in service to those with unmet needs.
Edna Mason, President