ACCORD has had an eventful fall including an increase in community outreach, restorative justice circle training, and our attendance at CAMP FINANCE to enhance our presence in the community, improve upon a new process for assisting the juvenile justice system, and learning more about successful non-profit financing for our agency. We would like to thank you for your continued support of our organization and look forward to sharing all the details during this exciting time.
We have been very fortunate to become more involved in our community in order to share our services and bring in new interns and volunteers to help us accomplish our mission, vision, and values. By attending free community outreach fairs, we have been able to present ACCORD to the members of Lockheed Martin and Binghamton University. Through strengthening our partnerships with other organizations, we present ourselves with greater opportunities. We have many individuals who have expressed interest in becoming a CASA or volunteer mediator!
We look forward to the possibilities of continuing our outreach, presenting our services, offering organizational training, and moving ACCORD forward into 2019. ACCORD is happy to continue our partnership with Binghamton University as well, in order to continue receiving amazing interns from the MSW and MPA programs. Our social work interns have a great opportunity to interact with our client base while our public administration interns can assist in strategic planning and grant writing. We currently have two BU interns with us for the duration of the year, and we are very grateful for their efforts.
In the months of September and October, ACCORD’s very own, Moira O., led a Restorative Justice training that has introduced volunteers and staff with the opportunity to learn about restorative circles to assist the youth in developing critical communication skills to improve any harms that they may have imposed on others. This training consisted of three intensive days with wonderful speakers from other agencies including the Crime Victim’s Assistance Center as well as the Broome County Re-entry Program. Our newly trained Circle Keepers include Sally D., Becky H., Bob I., Erik J., Toni N., Tom R., Patty S., and Tasha T.!
The momentum for our organization continued well into October which certainly was an exciting time with the circle training commencement and the attendance to CAMP FINANCE for our Executive Director and Board Members. The New York Council of Non-profits, Inc. hosted CAMP FINANCE to further educate and engage those in the non-profit sector in “making cents in volatile times,” in the scenic Monhonk Mountain area of New Paltz. Topics covered at this event included:
- Nonprofit Accounting
- Marketing, Fundraising & Communications
- Nonprofit Accountability & Compliance
- Nonprofit Board Governance Issues
- Nonprofit Policy & Advocacy
We will round out the month by sending certain ACCORD staff to the New York State Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA) Conference October 22nd – October 24th. They will be offering many different sessions to attend to assist our local CDRC to increase our knowledge and fine tune our non-profit capacities to bring a better tomorrow for the residents of Broome and Tioga Counties. Through the promotion of Alternative Dispute Resolution Services, we look forward to serving more individuals, families, and organizations!