Corporation For Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD)
Athens, OH 45701
The Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD) mission is to provide a unified voice and representation for its member agencies and the constituents that they serve - primarily low-income families, children, and the elderly. We intend to serve the relinquished counties of Scioto and Meigs and will recruit and place 300 volunteers. We are requesting $105,500.00. We intend to provide volunteers in a range of service categories. School Readiness and Child Literacy/Tutoring, Community Based Volunteering, Health/Nutrition, Human Needs (companionship). The RSVP volunteers will address a number of needs that are pervasive in our Appalachian communities. The needs fall into the following basic categories: food insecurity, senior citizen isolation, health and nutritional deficiencies, lack of achievement in elementary educational arenas for at risk children, shrinking capacity among social service agencies, diminished funding at social service agencies and lack of adequate transportation for low income families and veterans. We will use proven tutoring models to improve academic performance for children, face to face visits (as in SCP) to alleviate seniors' isolation, best practices among food pantries. The outcomes are delineated in each work plan, but the overall impact will be to improve children's academic performance, increase access to medical care, assist non-profits in delivering more critical community services, enroll more people into food stamp and other programs, improve the fundraising and marketing for various charities, increase access to nutritious food in our region and help educate low income and at risk families about the programs available to them. Lastly, there is an overall effort to recruit and train more volunteers of all ages.