In October 2016 NeighborCorps staff members registered over 100 people to vote at the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility. This effort was coordinated through a partnership between NeighborCorps, the Middlesex County Re-Entry Taskforce, and the Puerto Rican Action Board.
CIC and CALTR are thrilled to have received a $10,000 donation from World Renew to fund continued hurricane relief at the New Jersey shore into 2017. Thank you!!
The incredible story of Harry Pangemanan, CALTR’s beloved Project Coordinator, and his journey from needing assistance himself to blessing countless others through service is featured in a recent article by the Asbury Park Press.
Harry has been working to rebuild homes and transform lives along the New Jersey shore since Superstorm Sandy made landfall. Many hundreds of volunteers have had the opportunity to work with Harry, including those pictured in this story from Community Christian Reformed Church in Kitchener, Onterio who spent a week in August 2016 working with CALTR.
View the newest CALTR video, put together by a Summer 2016 CALTR work group from New Life Community Church in Sayville, NY, who gave their time and effort to help transform lives at the NJ shore, and who in turn were transformed. Thank you, friends!
Sunday July 24, 6:30-8:30 PM
Reformed Church of Highland Park
19 South 2nd Ave
Highland Park, NJ
This event benefits CIC’s program, NeighborCorps Re-Entry Services, which provides mentoring and assistance to individuals returning to their communities from Middlesex County Jail.
Suggested donation: $10/person or $20/family
CIC’s Focus Church Campaign (FCC) has chosen First Reformed Church of New Brunswick as the 2016/17 Focus Church! This means that First Reformed will be working with CIC throughout the coming year to establish goals and objectives for expanding the breadth and depth of First’s community ministry, and working toward accomplishing those goals.
We will post regular updates here on the CIC website on our progress. Congratulations First Reformed!!
CIC is excited to announce its 2nd Annual Classis-Wide Storm Recovery Summer Trip, August 6 – 13! This year the group will repair storm- and flood-damaged homes in Andrews, South Carolina.
For more information on joining the trip, or to donate, please contact Anthony Di Grgioli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you there!
Advances in technology have recently created new ways for churches and nonprofits to fund their community services! This good news was presented to the CDC Board by Rev. Lisanne Finston, Executive Director of Elijah’s Promise. As your church strives to help people in need, what are the new ways that you can motivate donors to fund the equipment, supplies, staff, insurance, etc. necessary for operating your projects of organized care for your surrounding community?
To identify potential donors, the first step is to realize who they are. Donors in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s tend to make smaller gifts than their parents’ generation but they give more often. Provide several opportunities over the course of the year for them to contribute to specific goals. A message such as “we are striving to raise $5,000 by September 1st to get a used van so we can deliver food to homebound seniors” is more likely to motivate these donors than a request to “help fund our food pantry.”
Not only those under age fifty, but any potential donor who uses social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is likely to use the internet to make their donation, rather than write a check. If your church is one of the 29 that belong to our community development corporation, people can donate to your community services and social justice projects by using PayPal on our CDC website. A text box opens for the donor to type instructions of where to allocate their contribution.
Donors-by-internet also expect proof of what is being accomplished with their money.They want to see how the funds are being spent. The CDC strives to give its member churches a place and platform to make their project budgets public, showing in dollars and cents their good stewardship and low overhead.
It is vital to take pictures of your work in action. Teenagers in your youth group or a young person in the neighborhood might be a great help to your project if you ask them to snap pictures and send them to the CDC. Post them on your church website, too. Also keep track of how many people your project is helping, and report your statistics frequently.
Loyal donors will attend your events and volunteer. They will read your materials, spread your efforts through their social media platforms, and engage their peers. When your project can show that it has cultivated a local base of loyal donors, it will be more likely to obtain corporate and foundation grants.
Crowd-funding is another new technique made possible by the internet, allowing people to pool their money to accomplish a specific goal, with charting of the financial progress as it happens. Giving circles seek to raise not only the immediate funds needed but the donor loyalty that will encourage lifetime support of particular local projects.
Rev. Finston directs one of the most effective and high-profile nonprofits in central Jersey. See http://www.elijahspromise.org
The Board of CNBCDC has identified four models of fundraising support that the CDC can offer to community service projects operated by churches in the Classis of New Brunswick. These are: 1) finding grant opportunities for each project and assisting the project directors to apply for grants; 2) seeking regional funding, to support Classis-wide projects; 3) serving as a fiscal agent when donors need a 501-c-3 pass-through; 4) making direct grants to Classis churches for their anti-poverty / social justice initiatives.
Examples of each kind of fundraising support came up at the Board’s recent strategic planning session. 1) The first model — that in which the CDC can assist a church’s project to obtain a grant – has two categories, direct and indirect. With a direct grant, the individual church can be the grant applicant, if the funder has no restrictions on donating to churches. A grant from the Synod Foundation to the Reformed Church of Metuchen to enhance its ESL program illustrates a direct grant.
Sometimes the individual church cannot be the grant applicant, because the funder is restricted from donating to churches. In those cases, the CDC as an incorporated nonprofit can apply on behalf of the church’s service project. A grant from a garden equipment manufacturer to the CDC for a community garden located on your church property illustrates the indirect grant, in which the CDC serves as the go-between to obtain funding for your project.
2) At times a funder is looking to donate a considerable amount of money, spread out over several locations, to accomplish a regional good. If a project based at your church can be scaled to go into effect at other churches in the Classis, the CDC can go after this level of funding. An example of a project that may obtain regional funding is the NeighborCorps Navigational Re-entry, introduced to the CDC by seminary student Amos Caley. The project is currently being considered for funding as a pilot project through county government funds. The initiative would use trained teams of volunteers to accompany a person readjusting to the community after coming out of prison.
A compassionate system of services and welcoming care for re-entering citizens and their families is needed in many towns, and goes beyond what one church can do. Basing teams at several churches throughout the Classis is a solution that appeals to the potential funder. A three-member navigation team in each congregation might provide moral support to one or two reentering citizens and their families each year. NeighborCorps is not yet a definite “go” but is one of several exciting ideas that have been put forth to the CDC as services that could have a transformative effect on local lives and congregations.
3) A third way that CNBCDC can facilitate the funding of a community service project based at your church is to serve as a fiscal agent. Perhaps a community group has come to you looking to base their service project in your church building. The group has some potential donors, but has not formed its own 501c3 corporation, so it cannot provide donors with tax deductibility. The CDC as a 501c3 could step in and accept the donation on behalf of the project, so that the donor can take the tax write-off. Sometimes fiscal agents also do the bookkeeping for a project, administering the funds back to the project by paying its bills and wages out of the donated funds. A huge amount of revitalization can take place in a church when it is becomes a host site for a public service; many new people through the doors, both those seeking help and those providing help, and all those people see your faith community in action, become comfortable interacting with you, and may start to get involved in your activities beyond the public service that you offer there.
4) A fourth way that the CDC can deliver funding to your church’s community services or social justice projects is by granting you funding from the CDC! Check back to this website soon for information on a mini-grant opportunity. Any (and only!) churches in the Classis of New Brunswick will be able to apply for this money to support your projects of care and service to the public.