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Mission and Vision
How will we work toward our vision?
"Join together in faith to break the cycle of generational poverty* in the East Cooper communities."
* Generational poverty: where three generations of a family have lived and are living in persistent poverty.
What is our unifying vision?
"To build a community where all of its members are safe, healthy and have the opportunity to achieve their full potential."
East Cooper Faith Network (ECFN) Is a collaborative of churches, faith-based organizations, and civic groups dedicated to creating a community where all East Cooper residents are safe, healthy and have the opportunity to realize their full potential. Mission: Join together in faith to break the cycle of generational poverty in the East Cooper communities. ECFN offers 3 primary programs focusing on Education (reading), Enrichment, and Environment to support this mission.
Education gives you opportunity. I-Beam is a reading and mentoring program where mentors meet once a week during the school year with children in the 2nd to 5th grade. ECFN and civic organizations recruit volunteer mentors for the program and ECFN provides training and support to all participants. In the East Cooper, we currently are engaged in mentoring over 192 students in 6 schools with over 230 mentors.
One Student, One Adult, One Hour, One Day a Week.
Enrichment gives you hope. The Summer Enrichment Program is for I-Beam aged students to participate in enrichment programs that engages the mind body, and spirit. This group promotes the opportunity for low income East Cooper students to have a safe, structured and stimulating environment to especially help ease the backslide of education in the summer months. Programming consists of daily reading with other areas such as art, theatre, nature and science.
A families Environment gives you quality of life. Fix It! is a small home repair outreach initiative to serve needy homeowners in the East Cooper Communities. This group facilitates the coordination of skilled volunteers and the collaboration of community agencies to ensure safe and healthy homes for our neighbors by providing home repair and wheelchair ramps. The goal of Fix It! is to reduce the number of community members in homes that are or nearly are hazardous to their health and well-being.
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