Douglass Community Services, Inc.
Douglass Community Services (DCS) is located in Northeast Missouri and serves the counties of Lewis, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, and Shelby. The total geographic area covered by DCS is 4,520 square miles, with a total population of 123,407. The DCS service area is primarily rural with the largest community being Hannibal, in Marion County with a population of 28,174.
The median income level for the DCS service area is $38,896. Education, social services, and health care employ the greatest percentage of working people who are 16 years and older. This is followed closely by manufacturing and retail trade industries. Although the area has historically been accepted as having an agricultural economic base, Shelby County is now the only county with a significant percentage of employment in agriculture.
Douglass Community Services is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors with representation from the financial, education, health, and business sectors, as well as representatives from the five major DCS programs. The Board of Directors meets monthly in Hannibal, MO.
An estimated 160 RSVP volunteers will serve. They will distribute food, provide disaster recovery assistance, help garner both in-kind and cash donations for not-for-profits, complete tax forms for low-income clients, make pillow cases for military persons in combat hospitals, and council seniors selecting Medicare/Medicare Part D plans at 16 volunteer stations, such as the Monroe City Food Pantry, Kids in Motion, VITA, Douglass Community Services Support Services, the United Way of the Mark Twain Area, and the Northeast Missouri Red Cross. The primary focus area of this project is Healthy Futures. At the end of the 12 month performance period, 75% of persons surveyed will self-report a greater food security and 200 seniors will have received assistance in selecting their Medicare/Medicare Part D plan. The CNCS federal investment if $31,946 will be supplemented by $50,345.