IAC grows, hears member reports

Monday, May 2, 2005

Representatives from a new agency joined the Saline County Interagency Council (IAC) last Tuesday, adding to the more than a dozen local non-profit and social services agencies that meet monthly, keeping a finger on what is happening in the area.

The newcomers, delegates of the Center for Human Services (CHS) employment services department, added to the partnership's roundtable discussion. CHS is an organization which works with children and adults with disabilities. The employment services branch works with those age 16 and up, helping them find jobs.

The addition helped fill an already bursting room as IAC continues to grow, filling the room at the Marshall Municipal Airport in which it meets.

Hearing reports from various members, Missouri Valley Community Action Agency representative Keith Ward announced that MVCAA's energy assistance program had gotten to the waiting list stage, and the waiting list is currently seven pages long.

"For the most part, I've been asking people to contact their energy provider and ask for the minimum payment so they can avoid shutoffs," Ward said.

Mary Ann Gilpin of the United Way of Saline County told the IAC that it was application time for United Way and the organization was working toward developing a fund drive goal for this year.

"As always, it will take everyone to raise this money for whatever amount that is," Gilpin said.

The council also recognized Angie Fletcher, intern for University of Missouri Extension, who will be leaving her position, graduating from Missouri Valley College in May.

IAC meets in the Civil Air Patrol room of the Marshall Municipal Airport at 10 a.m. the last Tuesday of each month.

Contact Matt Heger at

marshallbusiness@socket.net

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