Fit-2-Serve, Inc.

Equip people for works of service

aka Fit-2-Serve, Inc.   |   Mattoon, IL   |  fit-2-serve.net

Mission

To equip people for works of service. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

Ruling year info

2009

Director

Dr. William J Duey

Main address

1320 Lafayette Avenue

Mattoon, IL 61938 USA

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EIN

26-3532941

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

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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?

Generation-2-Generation

Intergenerational service learning (ISL) is a partnership based on reciprocity and mutuality involving people of different ages working together to gain skills, values, and knowledge. Each month (Sept-April) of the academic year, approximately 560 elementary students from our local schools visit area senior living facilities and engage in ISL. During the summer (June-July), youth enrolled in the Mattoon Family YMCA camp programming participate in ISL with the seniors.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Seniors

Fit-2-Serve gardens over 2 acres of land interspersed throughout our community. The harvest from the gardens not only provides an opportunity to equip people to serve but lends support to our Farm-2-Table classes. Each month (Sept-Apr) of the academic year, approximately 150 1st graders from our local schools learn how food gets from our farms, is prepared and served, then consumed as they gather around the table. We utilize our experiential classroom setting and a teaching kitchen to instruct the students about farms, harvesting, ingredients, who makes it possible to have the food they eat, cooking practices, and so much more!

Population(s) Served

Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted as saying, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” We believe firmly in the precious resource that exists in our community: the people. Our target audience is youth; and current enrollment in our local schools is over 3,400 students, not including preschool-age youth. What potential lies ahead! Through our Community Bridges programming, we engage students from kindergarten through the 3rd grade, and we are currently piloting Talents-2-Strengths (T2S) with all 5 Williams Elementary 4th grade classes. T2S seeks to increase each student’s awareness of their talents and encourage them to utilize them in their home, at school, and in the community. One of the best ways to help children succeed - not just during their school years, but throughout their lives - is to help them develop their unique talents and learn how to turn them into strengths.

Population(s) Served

School-2-Farm programs are increasing throughout our nation, both in rural and urban communities, impacting practices at schools and early childhood care facilities. In partnership with the FFA program at Mattoon High School, Fit-2-Serve facilitates School-2-Farm programming with approximately 120 2nd graders during the academic year.Farm2School.jpg

School-2-Farm programming begins in September with a trip to the community garden to assist with the harvest The students then return to the garden in May to help plant for the new growing season. Three trips are made to Mattoon High School during the academic year to learn various farming techniques lead by FFA students. The School-2-Farm team visits individual classrooms in the months of March and April where we begin planting indoors.

Currently, food harvested from the community gardens is not purchased to be consumed by students through the cafeteria meal offerings; but it is our hope that, in time, this will come to fruition.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Community partnerships are the keystone to our organization. During a recent meeting with the "Birth-to-Three" program, we were able to collaboratively host a "Mom's Night Out" centered around feedback from what the moms needed. Through collaboration (their program & feedback), we successfully hosted and met the goal of the evening!

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Fit-2-Serve, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/24/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Amy Westra


Board co-chair

Ms. Kay Dorner

Kayla Kerner

Mattoon Family YMCA

Jeanne Gross

Retired

Beau Scott

Youth Minister

Toby Montgomery

Youth Minister

Kay Dorner

School Psychologist