COMMUNICATIONS/MEMBERSHIP TEAM ANNUAL REPORT
In 2008 the Team fulfilled the following duties:
E-mailed the weekly bulletin via Sandy Pauer. Until July Valerie Baker Easely edited and mailed the monthly newsletter, which has since been discontinued. The monthly business meeting minutes are being sent to the membership electronically each month via the weekly bulletin.
Oriented fourteen new members through the leadership of Pat Wise, who also submitted IFC announcements to The Coloradoan.
Laine Walnicki has coordinated the preparing and mailing out of Covenants to membership, with the assistance of Pat Wise. Laine has also forwarded pertinent information to Webmaster Jon Mendenhall to maintain the membership directory.
Broadcast weekly Interfaith Dialogue radio series on Thursdays at 6:00 pm on KRFC 88.9 FM in cooperation with IFC.
The team has been responsible for arranging meeting places for the forthcoming year and so announces these for 2009.
February--Foothills Unitarian Universalist Church
July--Our Saviours Lutheran Church
March-- St. Pauls Episcopal Church
August--Community of Christ Church
April--Westminster Presbyterian Church
September-- First United Methodist Church
May--Plymouth Congregational Church
October-- Catholic Charities Northern
June-- Har Shalom Congregation
November--Blessed John XII Catholic Church
December-- Heart of the Rockies Christian Church
Richard Thompson, Chair
FOOD TEAM ANNUAL REPORT
Humanitarian canning trips totaled four in 2008. These trips yielded: 55 cases of strawberry jam, 42 cases of pinto beans, 70 cases of cinnamon applesauce, and 111 cases of canned potatoes for a total of 7,244 pounds. Funding grants this year went to: Catholic Charities Northern, Food Bank for Larimer County, Homelessness Prevention Initiative and the Salvation Army.
On behalf of the Food Team for 2008, The Salvation Army gave an informative presentation for the May 15 Program. The Food Team also hosted the September 18 program with Kate Walker from Catholic Charities Northern presenting the ever increasing demands for their services. Kate discussed how the impact of the economic crisis on all agencies will only get worse and the demands more pressing.
Sandy Pauer, Chair
HEALTH TEAM ANNUAL REPORT
The Health Team had two programs this year, one of which hosted the successful Dental program in July that served over 900 people. The dentists came in from all over CO and set up shop at the Ranch and did general dentistry as well as helping folks prepare for major dental issues so that everyone could have good healthful teeth. We said goodbye to 3 members who moved out of town, and welcomed 2 new members to our team. We provided 6 grants this year and had to place one on hold until our new funds come in this year.
Although the program was moved up a few months to January, we have been focusing on Pandemic Flu and other disasters and how we as a team can play a part should such a disaster strike or how we might work with others in preparing for this type of thing. We have also continued to monitor and discuss Health Care for all of Colorado and what changes are being made in that area.
Kate Walker, Chair
HOUSING TEAM ANNUAL REPORT
Programs: Our programs in 2008 were held in April and October. The April program was an overview of the UniverCity initiative (the concept of the linking of Old Town, the Poudre River and CSU), and the progress of the building of the Hope Center. In addition, we prepared a glossary of terms and acronyms used by the government and social agencies. The October program was a breakfast at the Mission followed by a tour of affordable housing on the west side of Fort Collins. Thirty-one people toured the housing in vans provided by the City and NFRCC, and others joined us at Care Housing. We partnered with the City of Fort Collins, the Northern Front Range Continuum of Care (NFRCC), Catholic Charities Northern, Neighbor to Neighbor, Fort Collins Housing Authority, Volunteers of America, Mercy Housing-Springfield Ct., and Care Housing to hold the tour.
Grants: Crossroads Safehouse Homelessness Prevention Initiative
Neighbor to Neighbor The Salvation Army
Winter Day Shelter
Team Discussions: The Citys You plus Two rule; gave recommendation to membership;
Poverty in Fort Collins after watching DVD produced locally; the Winter Day Shelter located in City facilities and moved to Community of Christ Church in Nov. of 2008; the progress of the Hope Center to open in late February 2009;
Anita Hildebrand, Co-Chair
SOCIAL CONCERNS TEAM ANNUAL REPORT
The Social Concerns Team had a very active year. In June we received grant requests for eleven grants. Because the requests were for several hundred dollars more than we had to grant, the amounts given were less than those requested. In one case we successfully worked to get the computer requested donated. We had two programs. The last one in Nov covered areas of poverty suggested by the Pathways Past Poverty. There were seven seniors in poverty, single parent and two parent families in poverty, mental health and mental health with drug and alcohol issues. It was a very good year!
M. Katie Harper, Chair
In September 2007, we initiated an environmental stewardship project by adopting Butterfly Woods Natural Area. During 2008, twelve members and spouses and friends collected trash at this Fort Collins City Natural Area near LaPorte for a total of 30 person-hours of effort.
Bob Dana, Coordinator