The Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission, Inc. (BROC) honored its volunteers in Alleghany, Ashe and Wilkes Counties with a covered dish supper at the recent annual 48th BROC Board Meeting at the Senior Center in Fairplains at the Elderly Nutrition Meal Site with over 80 in attendance.
The BROC Board of Directors and staff would like to extend thanks to the Wilkes County Commissioners, United Way of Wilkes County, our partner agency, faith-based organizations, individuals, businesses and to all the other human resource agencies BROC collaborates with to meet the needs of those less fortunate.
Committee reports, project reports, recognition of outstanding volunteers, and election of board officers were on the agenda.
BROC, a Community Action Agency, and a partner with United Way of Wilkes County, noted that “We believe in Helping People—Changing Lives.” The agency receives operating funds from federal, state and local governments, as well as foundations, donations and local fund raising. The agency, BROC board of directors and staff are committed to meeting the challenges before us and the citizen’s needs in each of our communities. The agency continues to ask for the support of our funding sources, volunteers, community leaders, and others who have stood with Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission (BROC) during its 48 years of existence.
Together, with a new year beginning, the agency truly wants to “Make a Difference” in the quality of life for the citizens in becoming self-sufficient in our communities.
The organization is a local private, non-profit human service agency governed by people from Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany Counties. BROC collaborates with other Human Services Agencies to meet the needs in each county to prevent duplication of services.
We Care Planning Committee-Ashe County
Sylvia Miller reported on the committee. The committee raised around $700 from the quilt raffle. The committee is hosting a “Down by the Creek” yard sale in September and a fall gospel singing.
We Care Planning Committee, a supportive arm of BROC in Ashe, has had a very busy year with “Down by the Creek” yard sale, peanuts sale, Christmas tree fund raiser, and “Keep the Heat On” fundraiser. They received funding for the above project also through the Ashe County Government. The Garden Seed Program was successful this year.
The BROC Board members, guest and staff received the 48th Annual Report including: the Creation, Mission Statement, Governance, activities, accomplishments, BROC Board of Directors, staff and a letter from the Executive Director.
The agency’s activities and accomplishments of each program were presented in depth by each program director.
The BROC Head Start report was presented by Ms. Brenda Roten-Head Start Director. Roten shared enrollment for year was 152. Head Start recognized former Head Start children from Ashe who graduated in 2014 and with honors; one student received a full scholarship to East Tennessee State University and two other also received scholarships and grants.
The BROC Weatherization Assistance Program upcoming budget is $348,601. The weatherization crews completed 43 units with materials and labor cost of $129,825, and will complete five more units in June.
Housing and Home Improvement for July 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014 completed five jobs in Wilkes County at a total cost of $3,953.00 thru May.
Heating Appliance Repair and Replacement Program (HARRP) FY 2013-2014 budget $148,296. Completed 23 jobs at a total cost of $79,041.53 with seven (7) more units to complete in June.
The Community Services Block Grant Emergency Assistance Program (CSBG) between July 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014 served 1,310 families with emergency services at a total cost of $169,104, from other grants, private donations, faith-based organization, local resources, and businesses.
There were 1,206 families assisted with emergency services that could not be counted towards the CSBG Program due to being less than $100 or an additional service at a total cost of $83,942.
The CSBG Family Self-Sufficiency Program for the program year July 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014, provided 33 participants with 179 services to clients enrolled in the Family Self Sufficiency program, at a total cost of $23,298. CSBG Funds used $16,660, with $7,297, from other grants, private donations, faith-based organizations, businesses and local resources.
Vital EA Stats
• Zero families have applied and are currently on the wait list for services
• Four families have exceeded the Federal Poverty Guidelines are eligible for graduation
• Six families have exited the program prior to achieving outcome
• 24 families are actively participating in the program in the three counties.
The BROC Elderly Nutrition Program report was given by Mary Edna Faw, Program Director. The total congregate meals from July 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014 were 22,313 Home Delivered meals and 22,422 meals served by the four meal sites with 358 participants enrolled with average attendance of 101. The total volunteer hours for the 11 months were 6,020. The total number of volunteer miles was 28,257.
The financial report was presented by Dare Stromer in depth for all programs under the umbrella of BROC for the past 11 months, from July 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014. The report showed accounts, budget amounts and the expenditures of each project. By the end of the fiscal year, all funds will be expended.
Joseph Kilby, of North Wilkesboro, was elected as BROC Board Chair. Mr. Kilby and other officers were elected by the group at the meeting.
The following officers were elected for 2013 - 2014:
Joseph Kilby, of Wilkes, Chair; Dale Baldwin of Ashe, Vice Chair; Elnora Holbrook of Wilkes, Secretary; Mike Testerman of Wilkes, Treasurer; Keith Elmore, of Wilkes, Assistant Treasurer.
Members from the each county selected the county representative to be on the Executive Committee were Michael Parlier, Alleghany County; Sylvia Miller, Ashe County and Don Ray Royall, Wilkes County.
The BROC Board, Executive Director, and staff reported this was a very special night for the agency to honor the BROC Board of Directors, volunteers, businesses and community leaders, civic groups and staff. For their service, dedication and commitment to low-income families in making our communities a better place to live for all is appreciated for “helping people and changing lives.”
Board Members from Ashe County are: Charlotte Blake, Sylvia Miller, Gary Roark, Dale Baldwin, Nada Sheets, Shirley Farmer, and Joan Hinson.
Honored from Ashe County
Public Officials: Ashe County Commissioners and County Manager; Jefferson Town Council, Jefferson Town Manager, Jefferson Mayor; Town Manager West Jefferson, West Jefferson Mayor, West Jefferson Aldermen; Lansing Mayor and Town Manager, and Town Council.
We Care Planning Committee Members: Gary Poe, Chairman, Nada Sheets, Lois Carroll, Warren Miller, Sylvia Miller, Tony Padgett, Gwyn Campbell, Willa Mae Campbell, Katrina Varner, Stacey Howell, Betty Berrell, Penny Sheets, Edna Sawyer, Patsy Perkins, Rick Bates, Joan Hinson, Chris Howell and Kathy Shepherd.
Others were: faith-based organizations, local businesses, human resources agencies, Paul Pickett, Toni Padgett, Catie Howell, Jack Eastridge, Shelby Eastridge, Andrew Farmer, Anna Oliver, Verna Price, Mabel Richardson, Tina Blevins, Melissa Ashley, Kim Farmer, Shirley Bauguess, Pat Graybeal, Joe Franklin, Lou Sizemore, Mikayla Farmer, Joe Stanley, Dean Sheets, Sara Perry, and Melanie Joines.
Public media from Ashe: WKSK Radio, The Jefferson Post, The Mountain Times, and Second Hand News.
BROC Head Start 2013-2014 Volunteers
Sizemore Head Start — Ashe County: Lori Absher, Dana Andrews, Ashe County Airport, Ashe County Health Department, Pearl Baiko, Peggy Blevins, Earnest Boggs, Robin Boggs, Jennifer Calhoun, Jacob Cardwell, Denver Caudill, Vivian Combs, Colleen Dixon, Chris Faw, Sandra Flinchum, Shelby Flinchum, Food Lion in Jefferson, Maria Garcia, Alyssa Gentry, Hardee’s of Jefferson, Christopher Helton, High Country Toy Run, Evelin Jimenez Resendiz, Crystal Jones, Michael Jones, Sharon Krider, Margate Health & Rehab, McDonalds, Mary McGuire, Katie Medley, Abbey Miller, Angie Miller, Brittany Miller, Florence Miller, Haley Miller, Tracy Miller, Chris Morley, Brandy O’Neal, Terry O’Neal, Mitch Phillips, Barbara Phipps, Crystal Plasky, Rebecca Plitt, Troy Plitt, Kerry Potter, Barry Powers, Brenda Powers, Josh Powers, Phyllis Powers, George Rhoades, Sharon Richardson, Ricky Roten, Robin Shumate, Rondal Sturgill, Kristin Weaver, Adam Widner, Donald Widner, and Brandy Wingler
The next BROC Executive Committee Meeting will be July 10, 2014, at BROC Wilkes Conference Room.