BROOME COUNTY COUNCIL OF CHURCHES INC

Doing together what we can't do alone

aka Broome County Council of Churches   |   Binghamton, NY   |  www.broomecouncil.net

Mission

"CONNECTING COMPASSION WITH NEEDS; INSPIRING GROWTH WITH DIGNITY"

The Broome County Council of Churches exists to connect the energy and vitality of faith communities and volunteers in Broome County, NY with basic needs of the county's residents. We take a holistic, faith-based, ecumenical approach to service, meeting emotional, social, spiritual, economic and physical needs of people while respecting their individuality. As such, our ultimate goal is to assist people in our area to be less impoverished, more connected to one another, and better equipped to live with independence and dignity.

Ruling year info

1982

Executive Director

Rev., Dr. Joseph Sellepack

Main address

3 Otseningo Street

Binghamton, NY 13903 USA

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EIN

15-0547374

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Broome County Council of Churches is an organization that collaborates with many facets of the community to serve people with needs. Through our growing and diverse programs, the Council provides services to the hungry; elderly and lonely; disabled; sick; imprisoned; homeless and poor; and youth of Broome County. We advocate for change and reconciliation, promoting peace, justice, and genuine community across racial, ethnic, gender, socio-economic, and religious lines.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

CHOW - Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse

A grass-roots food banking and food recovery operation with a network of food pantries and community meals located in various congregations in Broome County, NY. Provides emergency food to people who are food insecure. About 40% are children. Leveraging of donations creates almost 4 meals for every one dollar contributed. Network includes over 100 emergency food programs. Distributes over 2 million pounds of food completely free of any shared maintenance charges. Provides job training and nutrition education to unemployed individuals in Broome County.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Food recovery program recovers over one million pounds o food each year that would otherwise go to waste. Food is delivered to soup kitchens and community meal programs. Approximately one and a half million pounds of food are distributed annually.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Empowers people 60+ to be independent, engaged and involved in their community. Programs include: transportation to medical appointments; grocery shopping services; education on lifestyle and health; friendly visits; reassurance calls and simple home chores; Senior Living Ministry at local nursing homes; Ramp It Up Youth Initiative provides accessibility ramps to the disabled.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Chaplains and volunteers serve Wilson and Binghamton General hospitals with 24/7 visits, referrals and advocacy. Program includes education and group mentoring on health-related issues.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Full-time jail ministry to the incarcerated and their families. Includes reentry training and mentoring with church and lay volunteers.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Provides residential wheelchair ramps for persons with limited mobility. Program coordinates work of youth and adult mentor volunteers. Ramps are provided free or at minimal cost.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Broome County Council of Churches works to create a better Broome County by feeding the hungry, assisting older adults to live independently in their homes and offering ministry to neighbors who are hospitalized and incarcerated. All of our programs rely heavily on volunteers to operate.

2020 Goals :
1) 2.3 million pounds of food will be distributed annually (50% being produce and fresh food by 2018; 52% by 2020).
2) A total of 100 individuals who have participated in our job training program will have been subsequently placed in outside employment.
3) 700 unduplicated individuals will be served through Faith in Action Volunteers annually.
4) 15 home wheelchair ramps will be constructed by Ramp It Up annually.
5) 2,000 hospital visits will be performed annually through the Hospital Ministry program.
6) 150 incarcerated individuals will be served through Jail Ministry's Discharge and reentry programs.
7) The Council will facilitate 75,000 hours of volunteer service.

Increasing volunteerism is the heart of the Council. Not only does it extend our capacity to serve more people, it is a founding principle of our organization. Our volunteers engage the poor, food insecure, lonely, infirmed, incarcerated, and those in long-term care facilities. We will maintain and increase volunteer capacity annually by improving ongoing training and support, honoring volunteer milestones, reviewing the effectiveness of individual volunteers and developing a feedback mechanism for volunteer stakeholders.

Promoting congregational-based ministry is a high priority of the Council, and one which leads to direct volunteer engagement. We encourage collaboration. As an ecumenical organization, we know the worth of working with diverse individuals and groups to achieve objectives that impact the common good.

We are telling our story in compelling ways so that donors know that we are good stewards of their donations and they are true partners in our success.

With an annual budget of $1.2 million and a paid staff of 20, the Broome County Council of Churches manages the efforts of 931 active volunteers. Together they amass annually 71,537 hours of volunteer time with a value of over $1.5 million.

Additionally, through our network of businesses, congregations and volunteers, we generate over $2.5 million dollars annually in in-kind contributions. There is never a charge for any of our services.We are headquartered in a $1.5 million facility on the South Side of Binghamton, NY. We have delivery trucks, tool trailers, vans, and gardening and warehouse equipment valued at $250,000, all used to carry out our mission. Interest earned on our approximately $600,000 endowment is used to supplement revenue and to pay for certain capital expenses as determined by the board of directors.

We will continue to closely monitor our quantitative indicators, measurable outcomes, finances and fund development activities.

Measurement of quantitative data is completed frequently using databases to track the services we provide to the community, volunteer hours and the amount of food we collect and distribute. The Council utilizes professional software to track all donations, expenditures and expenses. We expect to complete baseline and follow-up satisfaction surveys for our stakeholders by mid-2020. We are currently working to develop a volunteer training, support and retention program The target date for implementation of the volunteer training program is January 2019.

Because we rely heavily on donations from the local community to support our work, the Council will continue to show we are good stewards of the funds and products we receive by highlighting the impact that donors make possible in Broome County.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BROOME COUNTY COUNCIL OF CHURCHES INC

Board of directors
as of 3/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. George Cummings

SEED Planning Group

Term: 2012 - 2018


Board co-chair

Dr. Blake Shipp

Union Center Christian Church

Term: 2016 - 2021

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No