St. John Tradewinds News

SJCF Unveils New Angel Network and Invites Residents to March 18th Annual Meeting

 

SJCF Organizational Chart 2014

St. John Community Foundation executive director Celia Kalousek recently unveiled a year’s worth of work in the newly designed SJCF website and Angel Network.

The site includes information on 46 different St. John organization and the content was gathered from the more than 75 residents who attended SJCF’s annual meeting last year, Kalousek explained.

“As a result of our last impact meeting, we realized when we all got together, we couldn’t handle everything in a night,” said Kalousek. “We had to find a way to put all the information down some where.”

A year later, that information is easily accessed via SJCF’s website www.thestjohnfoundation.org, which categories agencies in four areas: community enrichment; youth development; health and human services; and environment and animals.

With all 46 St. John non-profit agencies clearly listed and easily accessed via the new SJCF Angel Network, anyone looking to donate in a specific area will have no problem, Kalousek explained.
“Year-round residents, part-time islanders, occasional visitors; we all have one thing in common, we love St. John,” she said. “These tools will help make it easier to donate, volunteer, or just find out what’s going on. This will marshal the forces of all the island’s non-profits, making it easier for those in need to get help, and for those who want to help, to get involved.”

The Angel Network also allows organizations to work together instead of duplicating services, according to Kalousek.

“By working together, organizations can avoid duplication of services, identify needs and gaps in assistance, and multiply the benefits to island residents,” she said.

Any organization which is not yet included on the list can easily be added, Kalousek added.
The next SJCF Community Impact Dinner Meeting is Tuesday, March 18, at Bethany Moravian Church Hall and all organization representatives are invited, explained the SJCF Executive Director.

“The Community Impact Dinner Meeting on March 18th is a chance for any non-profit who is not registered to come and get help signing up and navigating the set up of their information,” said Kalousek.

“Also at the meeting, we’re going to set the priority areas that we want to focus on,” said Kalousek.

“We’re going to narrow it down to two or three goals in each of our four areas — community enrichment; youth development; health and human services; and environment and animals­ — and that’s what I’ll focus on.”

“This will drive our focus for the future,” she said.

The SJCF, which was founded in the wake of Hurricane Hugo, will soon celebrate its 25th Anniversary as the group continues to support programs and services that build resources, explained Kalousek.

“The SJCF staff and volunteers continuously look for ways to fill service gaps and cultivate community assets including people, organizations, programs, and resources to effectively respond to changing needs of the community now and for future generations,” she said.

For more information about any non-profit agency on the island, go to www.thestjohnfoundation.org and explore the new Angel Network.

Don’t miss the chance to have a voice in setting priorities for St. John programs and services at the SJCF Community Impact Dinner Meeting on Tuesday, March 18, at 6 p.m. at Bethany Moravian Church Hall.