COMMON GOOD COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

LEXINGTON, KY   |  http://www.commongoodlex.org/

Mission

Our Mission at Common Good exists to advance the wholistic community development in North Lexington through leadership, education, recreation, and spiritual formation. Common Good's Vision is for our community to live up to its God-given potential evidenced by thriving children with strong families in flourishing neighborhoods. Our desire is that community members be reconciled to God and each other.

Ruling year info

2012

Principal Officer

Laura Gallaher

Main address

1015 N LIMESTONE

LEXINGTON, KY 40505 USA

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EIN

45-3950421

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Our programs

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After school and summer mentoring and tutoring

Common Good works with 70 elementary - high school students to provide quality educational assistance and leadership development. This is accomplished with 3 program staff and 48 weekly volunteers. We also have "Club Times" that include spiritual formation, art, writing, cooking, positive movement. This program is from 2:45-6 pm during the school year and 1-5pm during the summer for 6 weeks.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Families

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Common Good's goal is to impact student's lives in North Lexington so that they see the value of education, of leadership development, and desire to grow into community members who understand their own potential and value. We desire to see the Common Good of North Lexington by investing in students and their families. Common Good works with students from kindergarten through their transition to post-secondary education. Long term success has been shown by the number of first generation college students coming from our program, 8 out of 11 in our first five years. We desire to show students from varied backgrounds and experiences that higher education is an option for them and we are here to offer support and mentorship to help them attain those goals. Common Good is addressing the need that was noticed in our neighborhood concerning the lack of affordable after school care for students. Arlington Elementary had no after school program until Common Good came along in 2012. Now 35 students from that school are able to have a hot meal, homework help and a safe place to be until 6 pm Monday - Thursday. We hope to have those numbers continue to grow over the next 5 years as we have a waitlist every year of students whose parents desire for them to be in our program. Long-term success would look like continued appropriate growth that still offers quality care and value to the students attending.

Our strategy for continuing to grow our program of higher education enrollment involves the long term commitment we make to our students. The relationship does not end after high school. We continue to support by scholarship, by phone calls, by visiting them at college. We hope to increase this support in the next 5 years by strategically focusing on and developing the Mission Transition program. Our staff now includes a development director who will be able to pour energy into developing funding for that program and our executive director has a passion to grow that program into a flourishing and vibrant resource.In order to successfully grow the number of students in our after school and summer program, we will need to continue to grow our resources both financially and with volunteers. We desire for our growth to be controlled and directed and making sure that each student gets the love and investment that we at Common Good find is critical to their development. We could add more numbers currently with the space we have, but we just added 12 spots last fall and will keep those numbers for at least one year to make sure we are keeping our commitment level to the current students.  One step in the direction of growth of the organization was the hiring of a Development Director who will help to build the ongoing capacity of the organization. This position was created at a budget deficit this year, but the goal being that the grants, foundations, fundraisers and partnerships that this position will create will set the organization up for positive growth.

Common Good currently has 5 full time staff and we employ 2 interns during the summer. Laura Gallaher is the Exec. Director and founder and her knowledge of the students and families in the community provides an invaluable resource. Karissa Porter is the Development Director and is new to the staff and her position and connectivity will help bring fresh perspective and new partnerships. Their are 3 program staff and their diversity, language skills and passions bring our organization an amazing resource. Our current budget is around $200,000. Common Good is a trusted organization with a reputation for really great work impacting the lives of students and families and as such is a much sought out partner. We partner with many community and government organizations including: Lexington Parks and Rec, NOLI CDC, Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition, Seedleaf, Councilman James Brown, Lexington Art League, KY Refugee Ministries, and Arlington Elementary School. These partnerships are key to our work. We have just completed an application for VOCA funding through the KY Dept. of Justice and will know by October 1, 2017 if we received that funding to increase our capacity to serve children and families who have been victims of crimes. We are also a partner on a grant from the Knight Cities foundation to create and build more community gardening and play space in our community park.

Financials

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COMMON GOOD COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Board of directors
as of 2/3/2021
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Board co-chair

Mr Richard Grier

Centenary United Methodist

Term: 2021 - 2023


Board co-chair

Ms Susannah Sizemore

Tom Eblen

Retired

Katie Grabau

Law Clerk, US District Court

Valentin Gomez

Neighborhood member/Parent

John Blaine

University of Kentucky

Jeremy Hobbs

Centenary United Methodist

Christy Hiler

Cornett

Sarah McGinnis

Laban Miller

Mizari Suarez

Kris Winders

Richard Grier

Centenary United Methodist

Susannah Sizemore

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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