2019 Annual Report

 
 
 
 
 
 

President’s Message

 

Dear Friends of Isle of Wight Christian Outreach Program (COP):

          We were prepared to send this, our annual report for 2019, to you early last month, but just about the time it was to have gone in the mail, Governor Ralph Northam declared a State of Emergency for the Commonwealth due to the COVID- 19 pandemic.

          Routine business was set aside while we dealt with the immediate issue of serving the county’s needy in the midst of this crisis. During this past month, COP volunteers have adjusted schedules, developed procedures to protect themselves and clients, and taken whatever other steps were necessary to continue our mission of service to Isle of Wight County.

          COVID-19 is the latest and most serious challenge COP and our community have faced in modern times. We pledge to continue the work begun 28 years ago by a handful of dedicated Christians who committed themselves to providing fuel oil assistance, food assistance, carpentry work and whatever else was required to give those in need at least some of the help they so desperately needed. During the past year alone COP has provided assistance to over 1,400 households.

          Our projected financial needs this year are expected to exceed last year’s revenues by about $80,000. That estimate was made before the impact of COVID-19. That’s a huge funding gap, but it’s a challenge that we welcome. It is clear that the additional dollars and the service they provide is real and growing.

          Please take the time to read the enclosed brochure that outlines all of COP’s programs. If you would like to see firsthand what we offer, we invite you to drop by COP’s headquarters at 402 Grace Street for a visit.

          And, yes, we need your financial support. With it, COP can continue to fulfill our mission statement: “To help the poor, the needy, and the sick in Isle of Wight County.” Please use the enclosed envelope to mail your check, or donate online at our website: iowcop.net.

          On behalf of the Board of Directors and volunteers of COP, thank you.
 
John Graham, President
Wayne Willis, Board Chairman
 
  

A Special Thanks

 
          We give a special thanks to our past President Barbara Stafford. She has led COP through four years of rapid growth and change. Under her leadership new programs such as Food for Thought, Diaper distribution, and a Summer Lunch Program have been launched. The number of clients served and volunteers’ helping hands has more than doubled. COP will be forever grateful to Barbara for her caring brand of leadership and dedication.
 
 

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 1400 families receive canned goods, produce, bread and meat from COP on a monthly basis. Those who are homebound receive their food delivered by COP volunteers.
 
Food For Thought
          A pre-school early reading program that donates 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, COP distributes over 9000 diapers 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.
 
          Nearly 200 local volunteers donate their time and talents each year.
          Over 2500 gently used furniture items, dishes and linens were distributed in 2019 to households requesting this assistance.
 
Angel Tree
          160 seniors, many homebound and might otherwise receive nothing for Christmas, receive gifts from our generous community.
 
Home Repairs
          COP spends around $20,000 each year helping people with projects like handicap ramps, roof repairs, plumbing, etc.
 
Student Assistance
          COP grants $12,000 to local IOW schools each year to help with various student costs for kids in need.
 
  

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
 

Location

Physical Address:
402 Grace Street, Smithfield, VA 23430
Open Mon, Wed, Fri 9am-3pm (757) 356-9267
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 253
Smithfield, VA 23431