Cassie Slone, President, previously lived in Naples Florida where she served on a Board that provided similar programs for 20 years to foster children residing in Collier County. Once she returned to Lexington, she met with the Cabinet of Health and Family Services local and state level supervisors both whom informed her that there was a desperate need for these programs in Fayette County. She then contacted Stoll Keenon & Ogden and asked for assistance in appling for the 501 c3 standing, which was granted in December 2012. A Board of volunteers was soon assembled. Each year the organization increases the proceeds at each fundraising event, increase the amount of grants written and increases the number of children to benefit from our services.
The Education Advancement program focuses on providing productive learning skills. The FCC follows the belief that education is the key to helping break the cycle of poverty and abuse in families. This program will provide one-on-one tutoring for three hours per week. Children entering care typically test two to three grade levels behind because of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment in their biological home. Academic delays are also a result of frequent placement changes, switching schools often, turmoil and stress. Individualized tutoring is setting the stage for a more successful education experience by using highly trained tutors to work with the student. In order to track the progress and assess specific needs, students are pre and post-tested. A pre-test is conducted to assess strengths and weaknesses. A post-test is administered after 6 months to determine level of progress. Tutoring can be extended for up to one year if the students needs more time to achieve grade level.
Our 2nd program, The Enrichment program was formed to focus on providing productive social experiences to children interested in participating. The FCC works with the Cabinet of Health andFamily Services and local foster placement agencies, who provide direct oversight of the children, to determine needs of these children. The FCC will fund any enrichment activity that the child wants to participate in; sports, music, theater or the arts. FCC will also pay for any needed uniforms/instruments needed to successfully participate. These at-risk children have experienced loss and psychological injury that often leaves deeper scars than the identified abuse. Although provisions of food and shelter are the first step, it is through additional learning opportunities and experiences that children are able to find the strength to heal and grow.
Our 3rdprogram provides funding for Summer Camp. This program simply sponsors the fees associated with summer camps. Most ofthese children have come from impoverished homes, never having the opportunity to attend any summer activities. This affords the opportunity for a child to get the experience of “camp”.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
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