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Dear Friend of Community Action:

This past year has been really tough on local families trying to make ends meet. The economy has not fully recovered for many low and moderate income families who have had difficulty finding and keeping jobs, getting enough work hours to keep necessary fringe benefits such as sick time and health insurance. This year CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation has seen greater demand for services related to food, housing, and employment in our service area while at the same time seeing less state and federal resources available to meet the growing needs.

According to the recently released 2013 Census data, the overall poverty rate fell by half a percentage point to 14.5 percent. Poverty for children fell by nearly two percentage points. Yet children (especially young children) once again experienced the highest rates of poverty in the United States. Young adults were close behind. Four years after the Great Recession officially ended, nearly one in five or 20% of children and young adults live in poverty. Young children, black and Hispanic children, and young adults were even more likely to be poor and, even more alarmingly, black children and young adults did not share in the gains that other groups experienced last year. In a country as great as America, this is not tolerable!

The Census Bureau reported that one of the major factors driving the improvements was the increase in full-time, year-round employment. This is a positive sign for our economy. However, many workers still did not earn enough to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. For that reason, it is important to develop and implement strong public policies and funding streams targeted at the particular challenges facing families and young adults, as well as staying the course on broad-based economic improvements.

What can you do? It is time for you to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults in your local community.

You can make a difference for struggling children and young adults in your local community. Can you imagine not being able to have safe shelter, food to eat, proper winter clothing, or a warm house to live in? Oftentimes, family and friends come forward to help their neighbors and family. However, some individuals do not have a local community safety net to help vulnerable families. You can help these children, young adults, and families by contributing to the CEFS Endowment Fund. Help low-income families and households get their emergency needs met by contributing any amount to make a difference. Simply fill out the charitable donation form and indicate how much you would like to give. Your contribution will go a long way in helping provide the emergency assistance and services for those who could not otherwise afford it.

In these tough economic times, we ask that you consider making a charitable donation to the CEFS Economic Opportunity Endowment Fund to help provide needed services to low-income children, young adults, and families. Please help us reach out to help people to help themselves by providing opportunities for people through education and support to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.

For more information about our agency or outcomes, please go to our website at www.cefseoc.org or contact Paul D. White, CEO at 217-342-2193 ext 121.

If you would like to make a charitable tax-deductible donation, please complete the attached Charitable Donation Form and make your check payable to CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation and send to the following address:

CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation

1805 South Banker Street

Effingham IL 62401

 

CEFS has an endowment fund that was created to provide ongoing support to the agency, programs, and activities for now and in the future. The CEFS Endowment Fund will provide permanent support for the ongoing operational needs of our charitable organization. If you would like to make a charitable tax-deductible contribution to the CEFS Endowment Fund, please complete the attached Endowment Fund Form and make your check payable to CEFS Endowment Fund and send to the following address:

CEFS Endowment Fund

1805 South Banker Street

Effingham IL 62401

 

Thank you so much for your generous charitable tax-deductible contribution!