Accomplishments

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MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY COMMITTEE


Development Committee

Vernon Lawrence, chair


Accomplishments for 2017

  • Funding from community partners for successful Photography Program, which included a trip to NJ Regional Operations Intelligence Center in Mercer County
  • Increased collection of membership dues
  • Continued support from Community Partners that funded various community events

Major Goals for 2018

  • Hiring a Director of Development to:
    • Establish and oversee fundraising opportunities and events
    • Seek private/public grants for specific programs and organizational sustainability
    • Create and maintain development database of current donors, supporters and prospects
    • Centralize sponsorships to all CSC sponsored events
  • Explore feasibility of membership dues increase
  • CSC will continue to be a convener and community resource that brings other community groups together

Youth Committee

Councilwoman Judy Ward, chair


Accomplishments for 2017

  • Expanded the Summer Photography Program to include a “Forensic Science” component
  • Four students were identified as representatives to the CSC Youth Committee
  • Took a field trip to the Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC) in Ewing to learn about 9-1-1 and other NJ emergency operations
  • Held “Teen Summit” in May at Stockton University for five area high schools on bullying/cyberbullying and “sexting”
  • Held a “Teen Round Table Discussion” at Cedar Creek High School in September for five area high schools on teen violence

Major Goals for 2018

  • Hold 2nd Teen Summit during second quarter of 2018
  • Expand/improve CSC Summer Photography Program with “new topics”
  • Establish a CSC county-wide Youth Committee

Advocacy Committee

Councilman Kaleem Shabazz, chair


Accomplishments for 2017

  • Facilitated 11 Community Walks from May to August 2017
  • Increased interaction between law enforcement and community members
  • Two successful community cookouts with over 400 in attendance, providing ample opportunities for interaction with law enforcement
  • Implemented the distribution of “healthy snacks” at our Community Walks

Major Goals for 2018

  • Conduct feedback sessions to receive input on methods to improve Community Walks
  • Encourage new organizations and individuals to participate in CSC activities, forums and other community events
  • Involve Browns Park in the route/activities during Community Walks
  • Increase the numbers of participants involved in Community Walks
  • Establish Community Walks in the western part of the County

Faith-Based Committee

Bishop Dr. R. Fulton Hargrove II, chair


Accomplishments for 2017

  • Strategically reorganized Community Resource Centers (CRC) in Atlantic City into four locations covering all six Wards, continually identifying and addressing community needs
  • Created a Universal Application for community assistance
  • Partnered with local agencies to establish CRC’s in other parts of County: Currently identified two locations in Pleasantville, now looking to partner with our Western Partners (Egg Harbor City and Galloway)
  • Saving Our Sons (SOS)
    • Took combination of 50 Boy/Cub Scouts to Great Adventure in summer
    • Sponsored one-week Summer Camp for 20 Cub Scouts in Egg Harbor City and 8 Boy Scouts attended Camp Citta in Ocean County for a week
    • Established fundraisers to expand youth participating in Boy/Cub Scouts from 120 to 420
  • Major Goals for 2018

    • Expand resources to cover Marina District in Atlantic City
    • Explore collaboration with Girl Scouts
    • Through continuing efforts with Boy/Cub Scouts, experience at least one youth attaining Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest rank
    • Build further on the successes of 2017

    External Communications Committee

    Anne Baker, Chair


    Accomplishments for 2017

    • Expanded publicity for CSC community events, from placement on the “Hometown Page” and articles in The Press of Atlantic City, to television coverage of our latest Forum, presented in partnership with Prosecutor’s Office and NJ Homeland Security, on Risk Environment and Mitigation Strategies for Houses of Worship
    • Actively provided publicity for Coalition efforts in Atlantic City, Pleasantville, Galloway and Egg Harbor City, with each group showing their citizens, young and old, programs ranging from Farm to Fork, Police & Community get-togethers, and Neighborhood Walks, just to name a few

    Major Goal for 2018

    • Bring clubs and local organizations into activities of the Coalition in order to spread our mission of peace between police and local neighborhoods

    Programs Committee

    Dewane Parker, chair


    Accomplishments for 2017

    • In March, CSC hosted Barbershop Forums in Atlantic City and Pleasantville
    • On June 20th CSC hosted Agency Day Forum - connecting residents with health & social service agencies
    • Family Relationships Forum was held at Absegami H.S. on September 30th
    • Hosted with Fellowship of Churches on December 19th the Houses of Worship Security Forum
    • Met with Family Service Association, Fellowship of Churches and Covenant House to establish a strategy for funding/grants

    Major Goals for 2018

    • Continue promoting and hosting community involvement forums at barbershops and salons
    • Host another Family Relationship Forum
    • Educate students in taking ownership in their community and local city government, and to be a voice in future leadership and stabilization
    • Host another Houses of Worship Security Forum

    Rebuilding Lives for a New Beginning

    Ernestine Smith, CSC Vice Chair


    Accomplishments for 2017

    • Rebuilding Lives Forum focused on decreasing the number of ex-offenders who become homeless and unemployed
      • Assisted attendees with help in obtaining employment and managing finances to re-establish a positive self-sufficient lifestyle
      • Provided assistance to those who had suspended driver's license, unpaid fines/tickets, juvenile complaints, and child support-pending
      • 270 people attended event: 156 people had bench warrants, 107 had expungements DMV surcharges, and seven people left prior to being screened
    • Second workshop was a follow-up to participants not interviewed; 45 were seen and given the opportunity for a fresh start

    Major Goals for 2018

    • Hold an Expungement Training in partnership with Jill Houck/Superior Court and America Works at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with our Project Justice Committee
    • Create internships at Superior Court facility for paralegals in churches and the community
    • Expand these resources to our partners in the Western part of the County (EHC, Galloway)