Thursday, January 15, 2009

2008 Annual Report

  • 2008 General Giving was about $66,682
  • Designated giving was about $47,500
  • Financial assistance was also received from the North Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Bishop's Annual Children's offering
  • Three Grants received from North Indiana Conference totaling $3,338
  • Family Services Association provided a grant for Baby College
  • Sponsors gave $20,000 to the Buddy Bag program
  • Hosted numbers Adult and church your groups from Howard County and throughout the state
  • Hosted three work teams this summer
  • To date over 2,500 youth and adults have volunteered and assisted with: organizing food drives, washing dishes, donating food, sorting and packing food, donating household goods and clothing, sorting clothing, as well as gutting and rebuilding the trailer at Riley Modern Estates
  • Monthly newsletters are sent to 657 families by email and 30 by regular mail.
  • Provided community service house for volunteers and neighbors

Administration and Community Service

  • purchased a new computer software fiance package
  • Fax Machine provided by Grace UMC has assisted numerous residents in having welfare benefits restored
  • Additional five hours per week for the Administrative Assistant bringing her to 25 hours per week
  • The ministry of KUO has been shared at 5 mission fairs
  • Pastor Jeff and Staff has spoke at 52 functions in 2008
  • Pastor Jeff won a national award through the United Nations arm of Church Women United
  • Pastor Jeff serves as the chair of a faith based group that is helping the community with its vision to strengthen families
Crisis Child Care Center

  • Closed due to lack of use. We appreciated the leadership of Lia Sawyer, Renee' Roberts and the nearly 40 volunteers who keep the center running for over a year. Special thanks to Grace United Methodist Church for allowing us to use their space.
Project E.A.T.(Everyone Ate Today)

  • Buddy Bags 34,020 meals
  • Food Pantries 22,500
  • Eat-in and Cook-outs 28,000 meals
  • Thanksgiving Dinner 840 meals
  • Christmas day Blitz 1000 meals
Grand total of 86,360 meals or 7,000 meals per month average

  • Received food from Kroger, Kroger, Kroger, Olive Garden, Park 100, Society of St. Andrews, Marsh and a number of local churches
  • Rescue Mission periodically help us with special events
  • We are a member of Food Finders in Lafayette and the Fun Food Program at Gordon's Food Service

Outreach Programing

  • Added the following Outreach Sites: Vinton Woods, Zion, Parr UMC, Riley Modern Estates, Briarwick
  • Opened three new food pantries
  • Began a family mentoring program as well as a Mothers Morning Out program at GS
  • Starting a Girl and Boy Scout Troop at GS
  • Secret Santa Store at GS, PV and Riley
  • Easter Basket workshop providing 400 baskets
  • Valentines provided for all children at PV and GS
  • Backpacks with hygiene supplies given at PV and GS
  • Distributed numerous hats, gloves, mittens and coats to those in need
  • Continued Sewing Class at GS while participating at three community sales
  • Began Adult Computer Classes
  • Held a community concert at two locations at the conclusion of Summer Cookouts
  • Summer cookouts held each week in 4 locations
  • A full bag of socks were given to every child who attend our Thanksgiving Dinners at PV, GS and Riley Modern
  • Assisted several new families moving in from homelessness at GS
  • Had a booth at the Howard County Fair, "Shining a Light on Hunger"
  • Children were blessed in numerous other ways by community organizations an volunteers
  • Summer Kindergarten Readiness Class held a GS
Sidewalk Sunday School

  • Conducted weekly for children at 4 locations with a fifth that started on January 5th.
  • Held Easter Egg Hunts, a fall party and a winter Carnival
  • Partnered with the United Methodist Church Cluster to provide a week long VBS program for the community
  • IN the past three years KUO has reached 300 different children with at least half receiving Christ

Board of Directors

  • Stephanie Bergoff was elected Board Chair
  • New Board Members include: Jim Clark, Madelyn Stanforth, John Rudy, Walt Doering and Lori Collins