Guilford Interfaith Ministries
310 State St
Unit 200
Guilford CT 06437
Contact Information
Address 310 State St
Unit 200
Guilford, CT 06437-
Telephone (203) 453-8359 x
Fax 0-000-0000
E-mail director@givct.org
Mission

The mission of Guilford Interfaith Volunteers (GIV) is to promote the well being of our residents who are home bound, elderly, or those of any age who have special needs, by providing them with food - with the Guilford Meals on Wheels program, friendship - with the Friendly Visiting program, and medical equipment - with the Charlie's Closet program.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1987
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Joann Carson
Board Chair Robert Donahue
Board Chair Company Affiliation People's United Bank
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $189,900.00
Projected Expenses $189,900.00
Statements
Mission

The mission of Guilford Interfaith Volunteers (GIV) is to promote the well being of our residents who are home bound, elderly, or those of any age who have special needs, by providing them with food - with the Guilford Meals on Wheels program, friendship - with the Friendly Visiting program, and medical equipment - with the Charlie's Closet program.

Background

Guilford Interfaith Volunteers, with its motto of “neighbor helping neighbor”, started from a local doctor’s initiative in bringing together Guilford faith communities to address the needs of feeding our frail, elderly residents.  Guilford Meals on Wheels program began on July 15, 1985 with the delivery of 12 hot meals. 85 drivers delivered 24,850 meals in fiscal year 2015! Guilford Meals on Wheels exists because the unique partnership with the town of Guilford. 

From the beginning of meal deliveries, the volunteer drivers reported that many clients were home bound and isolated and that they were as hungry for companionship as food. In January, 1986, the GIV Board  established the Friendly Visiting program. The first trained visitors began their mission in January 1987. This past year, 59 trained, caring Friendly Visiting volunteers provided over 3000 hours of social connections to isolated or lonely Guilford residents.

Charlie’s Closet, which grew out of a request from the president of GIV’s Board of Directors, began providing equipment for loan in December 1998. 5300 pieces of used medical equipment were provided to clients in Guilford and surrounding shoreline communities. Over 6000 people used CC services, either to obtain equipment, donated equipment or for referrals to other sources.

The community of Guilford has supported GIM since its inception. The town entered into a partnership with Meals on Wheels, providing the cook and kitchen facilities for preparing meals, and into a partnership with Charlie’s Closet by providing storage facilities for medical equipment. To this day, the town provides funding in its annual budget through the Human Services Council. The most generous support of the Guilford Community Fund is essential to GIM, as is the support of many organizations including, Member Faith Communities, The Guilford Rotary, Guilford Savings Bank, The Guilford Foundation and many other local groups.

Impact

The highlights of Guilford Interfaith Volunteers’ (GIV's) service to the community in fiscal year 2016 include: 

* Guilford Meals on Wheels delivered 24,850 meals to 188 clients. 85 volunteers drove 19,000 miles delivering meals to Guilford Residents.

* Friendly Visiting provided over 3,000  hours of social connections to isolated or lonely Guilford residents with 59 trained, caring volunteers.

* Charlie’s Closet provided 5,300 pieces of used medical equipment to clients in Guilford and 74 shoreline communities. If purchased new, the equipment provided would have cost $600,000! Over 6,000 people used CC services, either to obtain equipment, donated equipment or for referrals to other sources.

GIV’s goals for the upcoming year include:

* Increasing fundraising to help cover the growing expense of providing nutritious meals to residents in financially fragile households.

* Expanding support for Charlie’s Closet from the towns surrounding Guilford

Needs

GIV’s most pressing needs include:

** Raising $5,000 to help cover the growing expense of providing nutritious meals to residents in financially fragile households. 74% of meals were provided at a reduced price to our clients at a cost of $25,540 to GIV

** Raising $3,000 to help cover the growing expense of the management  and organization of the Charlie’s Closet program.

** Recruiting additional Meals on Wheels drivers

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Meals on Wheels
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Personal Social Services
Tertiary Organization Category Health Care / Home Health Care
Areas Served
Guilford
Shoreline
Guilford Meals on Wheels and Friendly Visiting are solely for Guilford residents.  Charlie's Closet provides medical equipment to and accepts donations from any shoreline resident.
Programs
Description

The Guilford Meals on Wheels program provides a hot, nutritious meal to ANY Guilford resident having significant difficulty preparing themselves a well-balanced meal. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday at 11 AM. Weekend meals are delivered on Friday as well. These meals arrive via 85 dedicated volunteers.  Sugar-free desserts can be provided upon request. The cost per meal is based on a sliding scale: $5.00 per meal or less. The program has no age or financial restrictions. No state or federal funds are used — it is a community-supported program based on our motto, “Neighbor Helping Neighbor”.

Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled / Other Health/Disability /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

The goal of the Guilford Meals on Wheels program is to make sure that all Guilford residents, especially our isolated elderly and those in financially fragile households, have access to nutritious meals.

Description

Friendly Visiting is an outreach program that carefully matches volunteer visitors with people wishing a friendly visit. Our primary objective is to enhance the quality of life of our clients through weekly “friend to friend” connections. The program is designed as a social program — not as a respite or transportation program.  Trained and caring volunteers visit any homebound or isolated Guilford resident once a week for a year or longer. There is no fee and scheduling of visits is flexible. Visits can be structured, centered on a specific activity or can be as casual as having a cup of tea or taking a walk. Many of our matches become lifetime friendships and benefit all involved.

Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. The goal of the Friendly Visiting Program is to reduce the sense of isolation and loneliness for at risk Guilford residents.
Description

Charlie’s Closet is a medical equipment clearinghouse. Our mission is to take donations of used medical equipment, clean the equipment, check it for safety and then provide the equipment to anyone requesting it. The durable medical equipment that we provide ranges from canes to walkers and commodes to hospital beds and lift chairs. We sometimes have soft goods available such as adult diapers and disposable bed pads. Our primary focus is on the Guilford community because much of our annual funding comes from our local faith groups, the town of Guilford, and the Guilford Community Fund, but we provide equipment and accept donations from clients in communities up and down the shoreline.

Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

The goal of the Charlie’s Closet Program is to provide a clearinghouse for gently used medical equipment. Our facility follows the environmental mantra and the New England way of life of “reduce, recycle and reuse”, and results in savings of over $250,000 to our clients over the course of a year.

Program Comments
CEO Comments

GIV’s biggest challenge is making sure that Guilford residents are aware of our services, particularly our Meals on Wheels and Friendly Visiting programs. Time and again we hear what a difference these programs make in the lives of our homebound and isolated clients, and we are anxious to meet the needs of any Guilford resident who could use our support. In spite of our publicity and outreach efforts, we still find members of our community who do not know that they “qualify” for our programs. GIV will continue to reach out to our residents in many different ways, i.e. print and on-line media, visual displays and informational signs around town and talks to various community groups, to raise awareness of our services.

CEO/Executive Director
Joann Carson
Term Start July 2013
Email director@givct.org
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 150
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Chair
Robert Donahue
Company Affiliation People's United Bank
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Larry Appleton
Pat Colburn Community Volunteer
Ronald DeMartino retired
Marianne DeMartino
Gwen Fletcher
Kaye Larson Community Volunteer
Beth Marchand
Carol Marra
John McGuire retired
Linda McGuire
Laurie Saunders
Bette Sommo
Betsy Sterzel Guilford Housing Authority
Pat Widlitz
Willa Williams Community Volunteer
Craig Yerkes
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 11
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $189,900.00
Projected Expenses $189,900.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$156,294$165,828$134,007
Government Contributions$21,000$0$13,000
Federal$21,000--$13,000
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
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Investment Income, Net of Losses$12,486--$19,670
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$189,849$96,088$153,194
Administration Expense$10,349$73,492$8,704
Fundraising Expense$5,790--$4,076
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.920.981.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%57%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%0%3%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$360,506$381,752$385,504
Current Assets$4,740$28,596$35,241
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$360,506$381,752$385,504
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountDept. of Human Services $21,000Guilford Community Foundation $42,800Dept. of Human Services $13,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Guilford Rotary Club $5,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address 310 State St
Unit 200
Guilford, CT 06437
Primary Phone 203 453-8359
Contact Email director@givct.org
CEO/Executive Director Joann Carson
Board Chair Robert Donahue
Board Chair Company Affiliation People's United Bank

 

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