Services Coordinating Council Members Are The Reason We Are Here

Shining a spotlight on our Do-­gooders  

By Jackie Torok, Managing Editor

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 5:03 pm

Last Thursday night, I headed up to Leland again to attend the first meeting of 2017 for the Northern Brunswick County Services Coordinating Council.

When I attended this group’s meeting last November, I announced the Beacon would begin featuring a different community organization in our Tides section every week, starting with the Jan. 5 edition. I explained in a subsequent column each story will offer a brief history of the group, explain its primary functions and fundraisers, if any, list its officers and provide contact information for anyone who might like to join it, along with a photo.

Our first profile was on the Cedar Grove Improvement Association. This week, on page 11C, it’s on the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club.

We’re looking to profile Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions and Elks clubs, General Federation of Women’s Clubs, VFWs, American Legion chapters, Toastmasters, 4­Hers, quilters, poets, dancers — any civic group or service organization designed to enrich Brunswick County and its residents — until we’ve shone a spotlight on them all. We expect this will take years, but we think it’s worthwhile. Besides, it’s part of our job!

Back to last week’s NCCSCC meeting. To refresh your memory, NCCSCC is a coalition of “organizations and entities representing a multitude of providers serving the needs of children, elderly, indigent and poverty ­stricken” designed to “identify areas that are possibly being overlooked, or undeserved, as well as, areas where there may be overlap in assistance so that we can better direct our limited resources.” Check out its website, NBServiceGroups.org, for more information.

One reason I attended this meeting was to let its members know about a fundraising promotion we’re offering here at the Beacon. This is my chance to tell you about it, too.

The Beacon will create fliers for community organizations like the ones I’ve mentioned previously, plus service groups like Boy Scout troops and PTOs, that they can use to sell subscriptions. The organization will get a cut of every subscription it sells via the fliers, which are coded to make sure they receive the funds. It’s a way for groups to raise money, a way for us to grow our readership and a way for people to learn more about this community while supporting it in a tangible way — a win­ win­ win.

If your organization is interested in participating in this effort or needs more information, just give our circulation coordinator, Sam Tyndall, or general manager, Angie Sutton, a call here at our office. Or, you can email me and I’ll make sure they follow up with you.

 

My other goals were the same for this meeting as they were for November’s meeting: To find out more about the group and its members and offer assistance to its members from the Beacon to spread the word about what they’re doing and why. Here’s a little bit of what I learned:

 · Communities In Schools of Brunswick County needs mentors, especially men, to work with students in Brunswick County Schools.

· Brunswick County Schools need all kinds of assistance and donations, especially to help students who qualify for free and reduced lunches.

· Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministries Inc. (WARM) serves all of Brunswick County to make urgent home safety repairs and accessibility upgrades for people in need. Fifty­ two Brunswick County residences, including six in Leland, are on a waiting list to receive assistance from WARM.

 · Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity is in the process of building a house in Leland.

· Weather has delayed the completion of the long ­a waited Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. center in Leland until March.

· Manna Ministries continues to coordinate food distributions to our hungry neighbors, and the need is growing.

· Crosswinds Church is continuing to work on building what it calls its Hope Center, which is designed to serve as a site for various events meant to help people in need.

· Hope Harbor Home, our county’s shelter and resource center for domestic violence victims, needs more people to assist its clients and provide clothing for them that is suitable for wearing to job interviews.

 · The Point-­in-­Time (PIT) Count, an annual effort led by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimate the number of Americans, including veterans, without safe, stable housing, is set to take place in Brunswick County on Jan. 26. If you’re able to help out or volunteer for any of these efforts, or if you or someone you know could benefit from them, email nbcccserv@gmail.com and they’ll happily point you in the right direction.

I want to thank NBCSCC and everyone at its meetings not just for what they do, but also for being so hospitable to me and appreciative of the Beacon. If only all were so gracious!

Jackie Torok is managing editor of the Beacon. Reach her at 754-­6890 or editor@brunswickbeacon.com.