BROOME COUNTY COUNCIL OF CHURCHES INC

Connecting compassion with needs; inspiring growth with dignity.

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

Mission

Connecting compassion with needs; inspiring growth with 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)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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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 neighbors in need. Through our growing programs, the Council provides services to those experiencing food insecurity, older adults age 60+, incarcerated individuals and their families, and patients at our local hospitals.

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 individuals and families experiencing food insecurity. 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

Located in a food desert, the Greater Good Grocery was founded as a community effort to provide access to fresh and healthy food on the Northside of Binghamton.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

CHOW - Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of meals distributed annually by CHOW.

Total pounds of food rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Broome Bounty

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total pounds of food recovered from grocery stores and restaurants through CHOW's Broome Bounty program. This metric was high in 2020 due to COVID-19 food chain changes.

Number of adults over age 65 with a source of ongoing care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Older adults

Related Program

Faith In Action Volunteers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of older adults served through the various programs of Faith in Action Volunteers.

Number of clients engaged in the criminal justice system in the last 12 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Jail Ministry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Approximate number of incarcerated individuals receiving supportive services from the Jail Ministry.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

Immediate priorities 2021-2024:

- Attract and retain a talented workforce through a focus on employee wellness, competitive wages, and an improved benefits package.
- Expand CHOW to underserved areas and increase the cold storage capacity of our agency partners.
- Grow the Greater Good Grocery product selection through vendor relationship-building and increase the customer base and total sales utilizing digital advertising techniques.
- Blend traditional with expanded digital development strategies focusing on stewardship, donor cultivation, and retention.

2021-2024 Strategies:

- Utilize modern digital engagement tools and techniques to recruit millennial and professional volunteers.
- Build a culture that encourages employees to learn about and promote Council programs.
- Standardize operating procedures and policies in an employee handbook.
- Recruit board members to support our strategic initiatives and to reflect those whom we serve.

With an annual budget of over $1.8 million and a paid staff of 25, the Broome County Council of Churches manages the efforts of volunteers that annually amass over 77,000 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. 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 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.

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 08/03/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Bob Adams

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