Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency Inc

aka WAGES   |   Goldsboro, NC   |  www.wagesnc.org

Mission

WAGES provides opportunities and services to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. WAGES serves Wayne, Greene, Lenoir, Pitt, and Wilson Counties in North Carolina.

Ruling year info

1967

Principal Officer

Mrs. Patricia Beier

Main address

601 Royall Ave

Goldsboro, NC 27534 USA

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EIN

56-6070824

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The counties we serve have higher unemployment, and higher poverty rates than the North Carolina state wide average. Due to this there is less opportunity for education, less affordable housing, and more hunger. We take pride in being part of an organization that works with the communities and their leaders to resolve issues relating to education, employment, housing, nutrition, health, and senior care.

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?

Head Start / Early Head Start

WAGES Head Start & Early Head Start are quality comprehensive child and family development programs that serve infants and toddlers, preschool children ages three to five and their families. The ultimate goal of WAGES Head Start & Early Head Start is to ensure that children enter kindergarten prepared to succeed and to give parents the tools they need to guarantee their child’s success.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

The WAGES Foster Grandparent Program provides meaningful and challenging volunteer opportunities for seniors age 55 and older. Foster Grandparents support the future by serving as mentors, tutors, and caregivers to special needs children. They serve at 14 volunteer stations throughout the county.
Foster Grandparents volunteer at least 20 hours per week. Eligible volunteers may receive a tax-free hourly stipend. When you share your love, time, and experience, you have the power to help a child who needs you. Foster Grandparents serve special needs children in elementary schools, day cares, and Head Start centers. When you volunteer, you’re not just helping others – you’re helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends!
The Foster Grandparent Program is part of Senior Corps.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Seniors

The WAGES Senior Companion Program provides meaningful and challenging volunteer opportunities for seniors age 55 and older.
Senior Companions help older adults live independently in their own homes and provide respite services to enable caregivers to have some much needed time off. Senior Companions assist with daily tasks such as light meal preparation, light housekeeping, monitoring medications, as well as accompanying clients to the grocery store and doctor’s appointments.
Senior Companions volunteer at least 20 hours per week. Eligible volunteers may receive a tax-free hourly stipend. You can make a difference that strengthens and helps preserve an individual’s independence. When you volunteer, you’re not just helping others – you’re helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

In keeping with the overall mission of WAGES, the Self-Sufficiency Project provides comprehensive case management and programming that will empower the entire family unit, and ultimately the community, by equipping each family served with the skills, training and support essential for their advancement to raise and remain above the North Carolina Poverty Guidelines.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

The Nutrition Program for the Elderly addresses nutritional and social needs of seniors in Wayne County through the Congregate and the Home Delivered Meals (Meals On Wheels) programs. The Congregate Nutrition program promotes the health and well-being of older people through a nutritious meal and provides opportunities for health, education, social, recreation, and other community activities. Congregate meals are provided at the following sites:
Goldsboro Senior Center
Mt. Olive Senior Center

Population(s) Served
Seniors

The Weatherization Program helps to reduce the energy cost for low-income households through client education, air sealing, and adding insulation where practical. To insure client safety, the program also checks for hazards, lead-based paint, mold and mildew, carbon monoxide, and improper ventilation. Once a program that just replaced windows and doors, Weatherization is now more involved with evaluation of the home and educating the client as it relates to overall energy usage.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors

The HARRP program focuses on the repair and/or replacement of heating and cooling devices in homes of eligible elderly and disabled persons. The programs serve Wayne, Greene, Wilson and Lenoir Counties.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors

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 children enrolled in Head Start / Early Head Start / Child Care Partnership

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

Infants and toddlers, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Head Start / Early Head Start

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of children enrolled

Number of meals served or provided

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

Seniors

Related Program

Nutrition

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Nutritious meals prepared in the WAGES kitchen and delivered by Meals On Wheels, or served at congregate sites.

Number of volunteers

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Infants and toddlers, Seniors

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Individuals volunteering for any of our programs

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.

WAGES is dedicated to helping people improve their quality of life and health and to gain independence.

Identifying community strengths and needs
Mobilize existing community resources and support and seeking additional avenues of support to assist in meeting the needs of our community.
Raise funds from donors to expand our services and to address potential funding needs

WAGES has an actively involved Board of Directors, an experienced management team, professional social workers, case managers, and a solid base of dedicated volunteers.

We meet or exceed all the goals that our funders set for our grants.
We have not met our goal to raise significant funds from donors.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency Inc

Board of directors
as of 9/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Shirley Edwards

Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency

Term: 2022 - 2021

Shirley Edwards

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/2/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/02/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.