Communities in Schools of Central Ohio
April 22, 2011
I have known Communities in Schools since 2006. i have worked in nonprofits quite a bit over the years and understand the challenges of running a small organization that relies on increasingly limited funding and private donations. What Communities in Schools does well is harness its talent and maximize the use of existing resources to help meet the needs of the students and families it serves. Through Communities in Schools, I've seen how their staff responds when a seventh grader walks into school without wearing any shoes, or when the family receives an eviction notice. The staff of Communities in Schools have expertise when it comes to linking available community resources to schools who need that support in order to help students continue their educational development and ultimately, graduate.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Seeing dozens of students and families supported during times of challenge - seeing that the kids do not lapse in school attendance and that they have their basic needs met so they can focus on building academic skills
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Increase funding for process-based initiatives
Professional with expertise in this field & Worked with CIS staff in linking resources to schools.