Isle of Wight Christian Outreach Program 2018 Annual Report

 
 
 
 
 
 

President’s Message

          2018 has come to an end, and the Isle of Wight Christian Outreach Program (C.O.P.) has completed another successful year. However, none of the outreach opportunities provided by C.O.P. would be possible without the generous outpouring of volunteer hours and donation of items needed provided by our community! When Farm Fresh closed, the community was there; when food items were needed for Thanksgiving and Christmas, the community was there; the Angel Tree gifts for seniors were donated by the community; and many individuals, churches, and community organizations donated food, diapers, books, furniture, dishes and linens showing that COP is indeed “neighbors helping neighbors.” As you read this brochure, you will see the variety of programs in which C.O.P. is currently providing assistance to those needing our help in Isle of Wight County. Christian Outreach continues to be an all – volunteer organization. Approximately 200 volunteers assist at C.O.P. each year. Opportunities abound for those interested in helping. Come by and see us any time (M – W – F 9:00 am – 3:00 pm). To all who give of their time, talent and love in support of those needing assistance from COP, words cannot express my gratitude.
 
Barbara Stafford, President

2018 Major Events

 
Benefit Bazaar
          Held in June at Trinity United Methodist, our dedicated furniture team, after sprucing up some gently used donations, raised over $4000.
 
Turkey and Ham Distribution
          Each November 500 families receive Thanksgiving turkeys and all the trimmings; and in December each family receives a Christmas turkey.
 
Hog Jog
          The annual 5k run/walk is the only fundraiser conducted that benefits the C.O.P. programs. Each year about 700-800 runners participate and along with the Corporate Sponsors and community giving, raises about $25,000 annually.
 
          An annual event held for over 20 years raises between $8000 and $10000. Community and businesses donate soups, desserts, hot dogs and more. All proceeds are given to IOW Social Services to assist those in need with winter fuel assistance.
 

C.O.P. MISSION STATEMENT

          To help the poor, needy, and sick of Isle of Wight County. Since 1991, the 100% volunteer organization has dedicated itself to an ever increasing level of service to those who need us most.
 
          Over 500 families receive canned goods, produce, bread and meat from C.O.P. on a monthly basis. Those who are homebound receive their food delivered by COP volunteers.
 
          More than 200 local volunteers donate their time and talents each year.
 
Food For Thought
          A pre-school early reading program that donates nearly 2000+ books per year to children and grandchildren of our clients. The books become part of their library.
 
Diaper Program
          As a member of the South Hampton Roads Diaper Bank, C.O.P. distributes over 8000 diapers to to families every month, an item not covered by SNAP.
 
Emergency and Dental Assistance
          Help with utility bills, prescriptions, overdue rent, dentures, x-rays, extractions, and more .
 
          2248 items of gently used furniture, dishes and linens were distributed in 2018 to households requesting this assistance.
 
Angel Tree
          60 seniors, many homebound and might otherwise receive nothing for Christmas, receive gifts from our generous community.
 

Major Donors

 

Location

402 Grace Street, Smithfield, VA 23430
Open Mon, Wed, Fri 9am-3pm (757) 356-9267
 

2020 C.O.P Board of Directors

Pamela Barton
Steve Bowman
John Edwards
Kurt Frischmann
John Graham
Clay Griffin
JoAnn Hall
Dick Holland
Eric Leaman
Angelo Milan
Barbara Stafford
Wayne Willis