The Chevy Chase Community Action Council takes seriously its commitment to operate a Community Center that embodies the spirit of community on which it was founded.
That’s why we are asking you, a member of our community, to make a donation today.
Your financial assistance will help expand our outreach and ensure we are able to continue providing food, clothing and emergency assistance to your neighbors in need.
During the past year, the Community Center has taken many strides forward to renew our focus, strengthen our ties within the community and reenergize our operations.
But if we are to continue, we need your support.
We also know you want to know how your money is being spent and if it is supporting a good cause.
If you take a moment to read the introduction to our recently released Report to the Community written by CCCAC Executive Director, Diane Reese-Walters, you will know what drives the Center each and every day:
In times of hardship, uncertainty, and insecurity, some families don’t know where to turn for help while our economy continues to challenge them to make rash decisions about whether to pay the electric bill or to put food on the table. At one time, some of those families were able to pay their bills on time and feed their family. They planned for their retirement and trusted the system to maintain their savings. It failed them. The families I speak of are the “working poor” — the “hidden poor” — the new faces of poverty.
As I look at the situation, I ask myself how we at the Chevy Chase Community Action Council, Inc. (CCCAC) can assist families to obtain a better quality of life. Is self-sufficiency a goal? Absolutely! Is it realistic at this moment in time? That’s the uncertainty. It’s a challenge we in the social service circle have tried to answer. It is an everyday struggle to help families create solutions to help overcome the obstacles they face.
We know someone who works 40 hours a week making $10 an hour may be facing financial hardship and truly be in need. But we may not know his struggles because we see him going to work. We assume he should be making enough to feed his family but many times, he faces the challenge of whether to buy food or pay the heating bill.
We at Chevy Chase Community Center know when a family receives help through our services we can create a better quality of life, one family at a time. We can help them obtain food stamps, provide them food through our food donations program and make available opportunities for them to become food secure through nutritional education, gardening, canning, freezing, healthy eating and exercise. We provide families healthy wholesome meals through our soup kitchen and create an environment to come together as a family and as a neighborhood unit with a common goal to help those most in need.
I could go on and on about the unique issues we see daily from those who need temporary emergency assistance to purchase prescription drugs, to pay a utility bill or to provide a growing child a pair of shoes or a winter coat. I am certain many of you could tell a story or two. But the bottom line is we are determined at CCCAC to do all we can to help bring hope and security to those in need.
We have a great responsibility and an awesome opportunity through the Center to meet the needs of those seeking our help. We will rise to the challenge and help them overcome the obstacles they face through compassion, listening, respecting their situation and not being judgmental. We will provide that special touch from caring hands and caring hearts. We do not have all the answers but we refuse to part of the problem. We are part of the solution.
Thank you in advance for your support.