C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation’s Board of Directors held their 50th annual board meeting in Effingham with over 200 people in attendance. C.E.F.S. showcased their annual accomplishments in helping people and changing lives.
Jean Finley, Board Chairperson of the C.E.F.S. Board of Directors stated that, “the agency recognized board members for volunteering their time to guide and direct the agency.” Further, Chairperson Finley, stated that, “the agency recognized the 2015 family of distinction, Serena Spencer of Sullivan, who made a tremendous level of personal growth and achievement towards achieving economic security.”
Jim Schultz, Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shared his thoughts and ideas on the role of the Department in achieving economic excellence and job growth in Illinois. Director Schultz, highlighted the Department’s efforts to drive economic development, attract and retain businesses, encourage capital investments and create jobs.
C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Paul White stated that, “during the 2015 annual board meeting twenty individuals and families were recognized that had overcome personal obstacles in achieving self-sufficiency.” CEO White also stated that, “the agency recognized seven individuals, organizations, community partners and businesses that provided an outstanding level of community service to our agency during the past year.” White further stated that, “the agency honored six outstanding volunteers for providing excellent volunteerism, civic engagement and community service to the agency.”
It was also announced that C.E.F.S. awarded $8,000.00 in educational scholarships to three individuals pursuing post-secondary education degrees. The educational scholarship funding was provided by the Community Services Block Grant Program from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Paul White presented the 2015 annual report that highlighted the agency accomplishments achieved during the past fiscal year. CEO White indicated that, “the organization had very effectively served the needs of the limited-income population in the service delivery area.” According to CEO White, “the agency fulfilled the promise of opportunity by turning personal and family obstacles into hope and opportunity for individuals and families in need.” CEO White further stated that, “we believe that people should have the opportunity to climb up the rungs of the ladder to experience economic mobility.” White further stated that, “our programs and services truly made a real difference in the lives of residents in our communities.” CEO White went on to say that, “15,260 people in 7,373 households received agency services, with the assistance of local community partners and with the help of 3,666 volunteers providing 145,984 volunteer hours the agency was able to provide local coordinated efforts to benefit limited-income people.”
C.E.F.S. Board Chairperson Finley indicated in her annual remarks that, “the agency was extremely proud of the accomplishments in 2015 in achieving our mission of providing opportunities for people through education and support to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.”
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is a comprehensive human service provider in the service delivery area providing direct services, referrals and linkages to address the issues facing limited-income residents and providing local community solutions to meet those needs.
More information about C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation can be obtained at www.cefseoc.org or by calling at 217/342-2193 or by contacting the local county C.E.F.S. outreach field office.