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Benzie Area Christian Neighbors (BACN)

Summer, July 2017 Update


Benzie Area Christian Neighbors (BACN) has embarked on an important journey to position our organization for sustainable growth and success. In 2016, we contracted with NorthSky Non-Profit Network to conduct a Feasibility Study to assess the potential for a proposed capital campaign to fund renovation and expansion of the BACN facility. Two major factors were considered in determining the likely success of the campaign: 1) Internal assessment of BACN’s readiness, and 2) External assessment of the willingness and ability of BACN’s constituency to support the campaign.

Forty-seven individuals were interviewed, including active and generous members of the community, community thought leaders, local business representatives, key volunteers and foundation representatives and partners. The final report included their responses and a valuable compilation of recommendations to guide us as we move forward.

The Study reinforced the belief that BACN is an effective, trustworthy, well-run organization who is respectful, compassionate and responsive to neighbors’ needs. However, BACN’s readiness to take-on a project of this scope was seriously questioned. The report concluded that a number of interim steps should be taken before launching a large-scale capital campaign.

BACN leadership has taken these recommendations to heart. With active Board and staff involvement, we have entered into a year-long Action Planning process. Our immediate priorities fall into four areas: Programs and Services (development, delivery, measurement), Organization Development (operations, facilities, technical capacity, sustainability), Internal Stakeholders (staff, Board of Directors, volunteers) and External Stakeholders (neighbors, partners donors, community).

Teams of Board members and staff members have been formed to develop and implement an action plan in each of these four areas. Programs, services, and partnership agreements are being evaluated based on needs and measurable outcomes. We are identifying Key Success Factors and measures of growth and sustainability for our organization. Our internal capacity is being strengthened through Board and staff development. We are reaching out to our external stakeholders through regular communication about community needs, our work, and our future plans. Facility maintenance and improvements will be part of that plan based on program needs and measures of success.

We are grateful to Feasibility Study participants for their thoughtful reflections and recommendations to help guide our journey. We will keep you informed and involved as a crucial member of the BACN Team (Together Everyone Achieves More).

 

Benzie Area Christian Neighbors’ (BACN) mission is “to strive to improve the quality of life for people with
limited resources in our community by providing food, clothing, financial assistance, education
and social support in collaboration with area resources.”

Benize Area Christian Neighbors – Board of Directors

June 2017- June 2018

Bekkering, Lynne
Nominated 2013, in service until 2019
Internal Stake Holders Action Team
Experience: Healthcare
lynnekayupnorth@yahoo.com

Comer, Harold (Skip)
Nominated 2017, in service until 2018
Organizational Development Action Team
Experience: Pastoral, Community Service
skip-molly@att.net

Dundon, William (President)
Nominated 2013, in service until 2018
Finance Committee
External Stake Holders Action Team
Experience: Accounting, Community Leadership
cbdundon@sbcglobal.net

Hébert, Anne
Nominated 2014, in service until 2020
Finance Committee
External Stake Holders Action Team
Experience: Pastoral, Finance
revanne@benziestandrews.com

Kehr, Linda
Nominated 2017, in service until 2020
Internal Stake Holders Action Team
Experience: Legal
lindakehr@sbcglobal.net

Marsh, George (Treasurer)
Nominated 2017, in service until 2020
Finance Committee
Organizational Development Action Team
Experience: Corporate Management
Marshgm44@gmail.com

Meek, Nancy
Nominated 2013, in service until 2019
External Stake Holders Action Team
Experience: Education
nancyjmeek@gmail.com

Schaffer, Donald
Nominated 2012, in service until 2018 Organizational Development Action Team
Experience: Healthcare
wyliedon@me.com

Smith, Russell (Vice President)
Nominated 2016, in service until 2019
Internal Stake Holders Action Team
Experience: Corporate Management
Rsmith7412@Netscape.net

Szczechowski, Penny
Nominated 2013, in service until 2018
Program & Services Action Team
Experience: Education
pennyszcz@yahoo.com

Welch, Judy (Secetary)
Nominated 2010, in service until 2019
Program & Services Action Team
Experience: Education
wlchjdy@gmail.com

Williams, Judith
Nominated 2017, in service until 2020
Program & Services Action Team
Experience: Health and Humans Services
skelty@yahoo.com

VanAntwerp, Gerri
Executive Director, 2011
gvanantwerp@benziebacn.org

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BACN MISSION STATEMENT

Benzie Area Christian Neighbors strives to improve the quality of life for people with limited resources in our community by providing food, clothing, financial assistance, education and social support in collaboration with area resources.

SERVICE HOURS

Please register for SERVICES between 10am & 1:30pm, Mondays–Thursdays
DONATIONS are accepted between 10am & 2pm, Monday–Thursdays
If there either Benzie Central Schools or Frankfort Elberta Area Schools are closed because of weather, BACN is closed for the day.
Phone: 231-882-9544

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