GSC IMMIGRANT INITIATIVE INC
105 Broadbill Ct
Georgetown KY 40324
Contact Information
Nonprofit GSC IMMIGRANT INITIATIVE INC
Address 105 Broadbill Ct
Georgetown, KY 40324
Phone (502) 370-5240
Contact Name Bruce Gordon
Financial Summary
 
 
Statements
Mission Statement

Our mission is to support the development and well-being of the immigrant communities in Scott County, Kentucky, through educational, health, economic and cultural initiatives.

Background Statement The Hispanic Initiative formed in October 2003 to provide emergency aid to the Hispanics of Georgetown and Scott County.  We incorporated on August 16, 2006 as a non-profit Kentucky corporation and received IRS 501(c)3 status in October 2008.
Impact Statement

We are a small, local organization and often know the individuals and families who we serve.  We have no hard and fast rules of what we can do; our Board of Directors votes support for each case, often by telephone or e-mail.  Few other organizations are as responsive as ours.  Our top 5 activities in 2013 were Education, Recreation, Medical & Dental, Utilities, and Rent Assistance.  Our priorities remain the same for 2014.

2013 Expenses:
 
1)  $9,133 was devoted to Education.  The school system has stopped teaching GED classes in Spanish, although the test can still be taken ins Spanish.  Many Hispanics could pass the GED (with some refresher courses) but cannot read, write, or understand complex issues in English, and have no idea how to register for the GED test in Spanish.  In November 2012 we made an arrangement with a small Hispanic church near a trailer park to use their basement to teach GED in Spanish.  We bought lighting fixtures, a white board, a lockable cabinet for teachers' supplies, books, and even geometry drawing sets.  We paid the church for utilities and paid two instructors and a classroom monitor (a babysitter for the small children that the adults often bring with them to class).  We enlisted volunteers from Georgetown College's Spanish immersion classes to help individuals.  The church is within walking distance of the trailer park, and we have had about 20 students for classes, twice a week.  This program is continuing and expanding in 2014.  We also have classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) which we hold in a different church and have been relatively low cost.
 
2)  Recreation: $2,164.  The large trailer park on the south side of Georgetown had a vacant field required by zoning laws for a park.   Students coming home from school wandered around the trailer park with nothing to do.  We bought soccer goals, cut the grass, painted lines on the ground, and distributed soccer balls to many children.  A local church came and played Hispanic music at several events.  A old patch of concrete has been cleaned, and in 2014 we plan to put asphalt over it, add goals, and make it into a basketball court.
 
3) Medical & Dental assistance, $1,246.  One of our members is a retired nurse who understands medical situations and  drives people to medical & dental appointments in Lexington.  The doctor's visits are free in some situations, but we often pay for the prescription medications which the doctor may prescribe.  We have paid for emergency gall bladder surgery.
 
4)   Utilities Assistance, $1,654.  Winter utilities are always a problem because many Hispanics have construction jobs, employment is hard to find during the winter, and many are not covered by unemployment insurance.  We expect utilities assistance to be unusually high in the winter of 2013-2014 because the winter has been very cold and utilities bills are unusually high. 
 
5) Rent assistance, $762.  A tree fell on a trailer during a storm, and we paid three nights for a motel room for the occupants.  A family had the husband sick and wife unable to work, so we paid the rent.
 We also support events, such as the Georgetown Kite Festival in April of each year, and educational meetings in Spanish on everything from marital relations to home finances.  
Needs Statement

1) Educational opportunities for low-income Hispanics are limited because they do not have the minimum funds for books or equipment, which are usually not provided by state or local agencies. Hispanics are often not eligible for state support because they lack Social Security numbers. Many charities focus on college educations, but the Hispanics need support to get through trade or community schools.

 

2) Low-income Hispanics have no reserves to dip into when they or their children are sick. An Urgent Treatment Center visit costs nearly a hundred dollars, plus the costs of any medications. One visit to a hospital emergency room can cost a thousand dollars. Minimum medical care is critical to getting people back into the work force.  As a small charity, we know members of our local Hispanic community and respond rapidly to personal crises.

 

3) We hold a Festival Latino each September, which has family events and dancing, and we bring local civic leaders to the Festival to describe plans which would affect Hispanics and to try to get Hispanics involved in community events.   We have a strong presence at the annual Georgetown Rotary Kite Festival, and were key participants in the Mexican Dance Mask Exhibit at the Georgetown Museum in May and June, 2010.

 

4) Hispanics often work in farming or construction, trades which lay off workers during the winter. Utility bills, food, and rent must be paid, and the Hispanics are temporary workers often not eligible for unemployment insurance. With no social safety net, there are crises which we cannot ignore. We cannot let people go without food, shelter or heat if we can possibly help them. We give interest-free loans or grants to meet crisis situations, knowing that the chances of being repaid are slim. 

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Health Care / Patient & Family Support
Tertiary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy /
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Kentucky
Georgetown, Scott County, Kentucky   40324
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
We began as the Georgetown-Scott County Hispanic Initiative in 2006 to help the local Hispanic community, who were usually poor, uneducated, uninsured, and not covered by unemployment benefits.  We found that we had many immigrants from other countries who had language and employment problems.  In 2013 we changed our name to the GSC Immigrant Initiative to cover these other groups who need our help.  
 
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? Education of immigrants is our long term strategy, but people need to have food, housing, and medical care before they can benefit from education.  Few organizations are as responsive as ours in crisis situations.  When a tree fell on a trailer on a weekend and the occupants had no financial reserves, we got them a motel room that night and paid until a church stepped in for longer term help.  Many charities worry about being taken advantage of, but we often know the people personally and we have not had any trouble with slackers.  We call ourselves the "Initiative" because we step out quickly and take action long before the more formal charities can respond.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?
Our Board of Directors is our "staff" and none are paid.  Our President and others are from the educational community, tying us in to schools.  Teachers become aware of home problems of the students, but the teachers have few resources to help - but we can respond quickly.  We have paid for Hispanic students to go on field trips with their classes.  
 
We have a retired nurse who speaks broken Spanish and can help with the many medical problems which come up in the community.  Free clinics provide prescriptions, but do not pay for the medicines they prescribe.  The Hispanics usually do not have drivers licenses and don't know the way to the clinics, so we reimburse our members to drive patients to clinics, sit with them through medical appointments, drive them to get prescriptions filled, and drive them home.   
 
 Our Treasurer has a degree in Accountancy and keeps records on a computer, and is thus able to track our budget and expenses to provide all the reports required for taxes or to request grants from various organizations.  He also files our tax and annual Kentucky State reports at no charge.
 
Our Secretary is manager of the Scott County Public Library and has helped with information and resources not readily available from other sources. 
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact? Our GED in Spanish program is the only program which has measurable indicators:  number of classes held, and number of students registered.  We had zero at the beginning of 2013, and 56 students at the end of 2013.  Of those 56 students, either ready to take the GED or the OPT (preliminary test for readiness to take the GED).  Number of students passing the GED is a useful indicator, but does not show the benefits of even basic education given to people who are minimally literate.  We have two instructors for each class, with one instructor at one end of the classroom giving basic education while the other instructor at the other end of the classroom teaches people who may be candidates to take the OPT or GED.  Basic education is therefore important even without people taking and passing the GED.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?
As 2013 began, we had found a church basement with a room which could be made into a classroom, but had poor lighting, no cabinets, white boards, etc.  We did not even know that we would end up using it for GED classes, as the County was providing GED in Spanish.  In July the County school system stopped providing GED in Spanish, and we rushed to pick up the students who were dropped, and added more students.  We are now running GED in Spanish more effectively than the school system, with more students and at significantly less cost per student.  We cannot handle more than about 20 students per night in the small basement, so we cannot increase our program.  We also have to contend with the small children that the parents bring to class because they cannot afford babysitters, so we pay a classroom aide to keep the children quiet (or outside if weather permits).  
 
 As 2013 began, we had little more than an idea of having a soccer field for the children of the trailer park.  By the end of the year, we had lots of children playing disorganized soccer games, and a church band came by monthly to play music and give out snacks to the community.  For 2013, we plan to continue with the soccer field and possibly create a basketball court, large enough for eight or ten children to play.
Board Chair
Board Chair Kay Combs
Company Affiliation BCTCS
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Maria Church Scott County Public LibraryVoting
Kay Combs BCTCSVoting
Bruce Gordon RetiredVoting
Garnett Jones Retired nurseVoting
Diana Kuta Scott County SchoolsVoting
George McCombe RetiredVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 40%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Scott Turner
Term Start Jan 2013
Email Scott.Turner@scott.kyschools.us
Experience  Scott Turner is in charge of early childhood education at Scott County Schools.  He is in an excellent place to identify children at risk, or to help with registering children in school when their parents do not know anything about the school system or requirements.  
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 35
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? No
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Garnett Jones July 2006 - June 2009
Scott Turner July 2008 - June 2010
Senior Staff
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Comments
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We deliberately avoid generation of policies and procedures other than those required by law, taxes, or by our contributors.  Most decisions are made at our monthly membership meetings which have enough members of the Board of Directors present to make decisions.
 
We have no paid staff and no directors or officers receive renumeration.  Everyone is a volunteer. 
Description Trade school education for Hispanics so they can get better jobs.  We differ from normal scholarships because we respond immediately to needs when students cannot meet their bills, allowing them to continue in classes.  We have a program to teach GED classes in Spanish, which is no longer covered by the school system.
Budget 4000
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Population Served , ,
Description In 2012 we paid $2,095 in medical bills for low-income Hispanics, and budget $1,500 in 2013.  We respond to crisis situations without red tape, and pay for prescription medicines when necessary.  Nobody else seems to provide this help to poor Hispanics who may be undocumented.
Budget 1500
Category
Population Served , ,
Description In 2012 we paid $653 for rent help to a Hispanic family in crisis.  This was not repeated -- once the crisis was past, they were able to support themselves adequately.  We budget $1,500 for these expenses in 2013.
Budget 1500
Category
Population Served , ,
Description

We support events such as the Georgetown Kite & Cultural Festival, bringing Mexican dancers and foods to the Festival.  We held a seminar about Family Finances in Spanish in 2012, and will continue these programs in 2013.  This could become a major effort if Comprehensive Immigration Reform passes and people need information about how it will affect them.

Budget 1500
Category
Population Served , ,
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Program Comments
CEO Comments
If we had additional funds, we would like to help the Scott County Schools' International Club at Western Elementary School.  That after-school activity supports mainly Hispanics.  Going to the club makes the children miss the school bus, and the school does not have the funds to drive the children home after the club.
 
We would also like to support the backpack lunch program, which gives packed lunches which do not require heating.  The children bring them home on weekends.  If both parents work on weekends, that gives children something to eat at home without heating the stove.  This program is not primarily Hispanic, but supports children of all backgrounds.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
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Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $20,950.00
Projected Expenses $20,800.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$6,500$5,000$7,000
Government Contributions$500$500$500
Federal------
State------
Local$500$500$500
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$14,139$11,080$9,401
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Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$708--
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$500$1,191$2,938
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$19,623$19,492$17,418
Administration Expense$418$178$392
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.080.941.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses98%99%98%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$3,044$1,846$3,326
Current Assets$3,044$1,846--
Long-Term Liabilities----$3,326
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$3,044$1,846$3,326
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments

This organization files the 990N, which contains no financial information. All financials were provided by the organization. Numbers are unaudited.

Address 105 Broadbill Ct
Georgetown, KY 40324
Primary Phone 502 370-5240
Contact Email brugor@mac.com
CEO/Executive Director Scott Turner
Board Chair Kay Combs
Board Chair Company Affiliation BCTCS