Educational Institutions

Eastern Cowley County Resource Center

  • Dexter, KS

Mission Statement

Promoting literacy in reading, writing, and technology. Providing training, workshops, and opportunities in these areas. Serving small children through adults - to promote ongoing education. Serving others with a case management style.Helping match needs to services. Promoting volunteerism.

Main Programs

  1. Lighthouse Academy
  2. Lighthouse Library
  3. Treasure Chest Thrift Store
  4. Grouse Valley Lodge
  5. ECCRC Case Management Services
  6. Oceanfront Cinema

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Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Serving families in Cowley, Elk, and Chautaqua Counties for programs such as the food bank and on-site programs. Serving a wider group (state-wide and national) for visitors to have a unique place to visit that promotes Literacy using an ocean-theme throughout. Visitors enjoy the huge salt-water aquarium on the site, the thrift store (Treasure Chest), and the Grouse Valley Lodge - sustaining projects of Lighthouse Library/ECCRC. Since we promote volunteerism, volunteer teams come from many different states.

ruling year

2004

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Lynn Norris

Keywords

Self-reported

Literacy, nonprofit, rural, community service, library, thrift store.

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EIN

20-0163423

 Number

1357208188

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

(Education N.E.C.) (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

ECCRC has sponsored over 300 volunteers who want to work to promote community volunteerism. The project, Lighthouse Library, a program of ECCRC was featured on KAKE Channel 10 news in a feature by Larry Hatteberg. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Irqgxp62_wY The report featured the building of Lighthouse Library. That project continued the mission of ECCRC which began in 2003 - to promote literacy through reading, writing, and computer skills. 100 guests attended the recent opening event at Lighthouse Library - Dress Like A Pirate Day - a family literacy event and health and safety fair. ECCRC continues to field phone calls and e-mail requests for information and services from local, regional, and national supporters and participants. The tourism outreach mission of ECCRC has proven to be popular with the added ocean-features of a 25 foot working lighthouse on the site and a huge saltwater aquarium. Education programs continue with the newly founded Lighthouse Academy.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Lighthouse Academy

Full-service online (and on-site) education program. Serving families who home-school or any students. Adults may work on GED Prep. On-site programs include adult computer workshops and a Business Communication Certificate. Lighthouse Academy partners with an area private school to provide a high school diploma t students who complete the program. Lighthouse Library/ECCRC also provides many educational programs such as a Youth Robotics Program and Friday Fun Days for kids.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 2

Lighthouse Library

Full-service community library - Open to the public. Library with an ocean theme. Has a 25 foot working lighthouse in the courtyard. Has a huge salt-water aquarium.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Female Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 3

Treasure Chest Thrift Store

Resale shop - sustaining project of ECCRC.

Category

Thrift Shop Operation

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$0.00

Program 4

Grouse Valley Lodge

Sustaining project of ECCRC.

Category

Tourism Development

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Adults

Budget

$0.00

Program 5

ECCRC Case Management Services

ECCRC Programs include many different things. For example, there is the on-site food bank in partnership with the Kansas Food Bank. Assistance with filling out forms such as the Vision Card application. Assistance with college entry and many more programs.

Category

Case Management

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

$0.00

Program 6

Oceanfront Cinema

Outdoor movie theater - for free family events.

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

None

Budget

$0.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    A new goal is to provide an extended online program through Lighthouse Academy. This program especially targets families in Kansas who Home School their children. It is also available to adults who want to work on GED Prep courses. The goal here is to enroll students for the 2014 - 2015 school year and continue thereafter.

    An ongoing goal is to continue to provide computer workshops to adults in the on-site computer lab. The lab is complete with 10 new computers that were donated by Southwestern College. ECCRC has been accepted as an Official GED Test Site starting January, 2015.

    A goal is to provide free family movie nights on Friday or Saturday nights. These will be rated G with no higher than a PG-13 rating at any time. The target guests for this service are local families.

    The goal of the food bank is to provide needed food items to anyone who asks for them - any person in need.

    The goal of the thrift store on the site it to provide clean and affordable clothing to anyone and to generate some operating funds for ECCRC. The Grouse Valley Lodge goal is also to provide sustaining funds for ECCRC while offering a clean and cheap place for families to stay.

    The goal of Lighthouse Library is to provide full library services to local families and to anyone who stops in. Phone, Fax, and copy services are available for visitors. The computer lab is free, open, and available for anyone with 10 computer stations upstairs and five downstairs and in the lower level children's section. The library is ADA - with restrooms on the site - open to the public and especially valuable to families who bring children to play in the city park across the street.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We continue to keep the doors open and provide services through the two sustaining projects and also through grants and public donations. It is sometimes very difficult to obtain grants since our town is so small. We hope to build up the thrift store and the goal is for it to provide the needed sustaining funds for ECCRC programs.The other sustaining project is a small rental cabin.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We will work to update our capabilities and look forward to using the GuideStar format to accomplish this goal in the days ahead. Without the support of public donations and corporate donations and also a few small grants, ECCRC could not provide services. However, ECCRC has managed to stay open since 2003 and to serve the needs of the community.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We will provide an annual report for the Grouse Valley Lodge and the Treasure Chest Thrift Store. We will provide public access to records from the Lighthouse Academy so far as any funding received along with costs of the programs. Records for all events held and the use of the food bank are also kept for public review.The 990 is always available for anyone who wants to see it. We also share bank account records with anyone who asks about them.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We are right on track for ECCRC expansion and projects. We are currently working on an expansion for the Lighthouse Library project with a local Corporation where we have written a grant to ask for expansion funds. We need to build a second tier in the library which will nearly double the space for books. The funds will pay for the building materials and the labor. We also need a spiral staircase for access to the second tier. The Grouse Valley Lodge opened last fall and the Treasure Chest is set to open in June of 2014. The Lighthouse Library project is completed with the first public event held in the spring of 2014. UPDATE - the upper tier is completed! The library is done. We are now putting books out. Kids have enjoyed reading groups all summer. We have been giving away books through the First Book program. Our Robotics program is going strong.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Serving families in Cowley, Elk, and Chautaqua Counties for programs such as the food bank and on-site programs. Serving a wider group (state-wide and national) for visitors to have a unique place to visit that promotes Literacy using an ocean-theme throughout. Visitors enjoy the huge salt-water aquarium on the site, the thrift store (Treasure Chest), and the Grouse Valley Lodge - sustaining projects of Lighthouse Library/ECCRC. Since we promote volunteerism, volunteer teams come from many different states.

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Operations

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Eastern Cowley County Resource Center

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Principal Officer

Lynn Norris

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rev. James (Babe) Standerfer

Trinity Church

Term: Jan 2000 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?