Thanks to the CoServ Charitable Foundation (CCF), families in and around McKinney will have access to more assistance when they find themselves in a crisis situation. CoServ donated a check for $10,000 to McKinney's Community Lifeline Center's (CLC) Executive Director, Christine Hockin-Boyd, on Tuesday, June 16 at the CLC offices.
Surrounded by smiling faces of CLC staff and board members, Hockin-Boyd said that this grant will make a real difference in CLC's ability to assist local families in crisis.
"The wonderful thing about this grant is that the only stipulation is that the client must be a CoServ customer. We can help with anything - rent, utilities, medical and dental services, car repair and even therapy, if needed," Hockin-Boyd explained.
Community Lifeline Center, whose mission is to guide residents in crisis back to self-sufficiency and independence, serves approximately 10 - 15 families a month on average, according to case manager, Delphia Adeogun.
"The wonderful aspect of receiving this funding is that when the money has been used (for CLC clients), we can apply for more. We don't have to wait for an entire year or longer," Adeogun added.
Community Lifeline Center is a non-profit organization which offers a variety of support services and programs, such as financial assistance, Bridges Out of Poverty education, and services specifically geared to veterans, with the objective of getting families back on the path toward self-sufficiency. Funding for CLC comes solely from grants and private donations.
Funding for the CCF comes from CoServ employees, CoServ customers via the Operation Roundup, a program where customers “round up” their monthly electric and gas bills to the nearest dollar, and from CoServ's annual golf tournament.
According to Dennis Engelke, Executive Director of CCF, 70% of CoServ customers participate in Operation Roundup, bringing in approximately $60,000 per month. CCF distributes the funds to social service agencies with initiatives focusing on community service, education and youth, the environment and disaster relief. To date, CCF has awarded 423 grants totally more than $4 million to 143 organizations in 46 communities.
Adeogun said "I just can't wait for a client to come in (to CLC) so I can start using these funds for those who qualify!"