As we come to the end of our 21st year serving the Rockford community, and begin the 19th year of our YouthBuild Rockford Program, we are grateful for the support of the individuals and organizations that make it possible to continue our mission. This year we passed the 1000 mark of the number of young adults served by YouthBuild, and yet this pales against the 5,500+ who have sought the assistance our program offers.
CCS, like most nonprofit agencies, has seen our private donations shrink over the past two years, due to the economic conditions as well as the decline in the housing market. No matter what the obstacle, we join others in our community to combat the increasing rate of high school dropouts (now about 40%), and offer pathways to self-sufficiency for those seeking them.
There are real costs to develop new solutions to old problems while maintaining current levels of service. If you are a past contributor to our organization, we thank you and hope you will renew your support and consider a modest increase. If you are considering your year-end charitable giving, I want to invite you to support our work by becoming a FRIEND OF YOUTHBUILD. By becoming our “friend”, you have an opportunity to help us reverse the growing crisis of high school dropouts in our community. In addition, your contribution will help support our other important work, including Salvage Too-Rockford ReUse Center, our development of affordable housing and more.
The long term success for the young people we serve and our community lies in generating significant support of individuals and businesses in the community.
As a Friend of YouthBuild, your contributions will go toward the operations of our programs, including such things as GED testing fees, tools and equipment, student stipends and scholarships, and other critical operating costs. As a Friend, we would also invite you to help us find 5 of your friends, family, co-workers or employees to do the same. You can join by mailing your contribution, or by clicking on the “Donate Now” button on this page – it’s that simple. Your contribution is tax-deductible and will begin supporting our programs IMMEDIATELY.
I recognize that there are many worthy causes in our community seeking your support, especially at this time of year. Let me assure you that the case for supporting YouthBuild is a compelling one, and the benefits are tangible and substantial. This is a program that works, that brings real dollars into our community, and that currently is only able to serve less than 20% of those who seek admission!
Thank you for your generosity and consideration of our appeal. If you would like to learn more or discuss additional ways of supporting YouthBuild, please give me a call anytime.
Warmest personal regards,
Kerry Knodle, Executive Director/CEO