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ACS Annual Report 201002011

ACS Annual Report 201002011

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Association of Community Services Annual Report for 2010-2011
Association of Community Services Annual Report for 2010-2011

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Published by: ACSHoCo on Jul 14, 2011
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Report to theCommunity
Association of Community Services10480 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Suite 920 Columbia,
21044410-715-9545 info@acshoco.org www.acshoco.org
President’s Annual Message
has been an honor to serve the Howard Countycommunity as President of the Association of Community Services for these past 12 months. ACS isan extraordinary organization of 120 organizations andindividual advocates, befitting our extraordinary county.ACS initiates and collaborates through our partnerships(listed separately here) to advance the capacity andeffectiveness of human services in Howard County. Itbodes well for the future of Howard County communityservices that ACS is here.The ACS Board are some of the most talented leaders from the nonprofit, faith-based, business, and public sectors. Our Public Policy Committee is made up of county professionals and community advocates working with our elected officialsand county leadership to respond to the human service needs in our community.We provide numerous opportunities for our membership to be informed and learnskills required to better meet their missions, all organized by volunteers. And wecelebrate the Howard County human service network through the Audrey RobbinsHumanitarian Awards.This year the Board, staff, and Executive Committee revisited our strategic plan andrevised it, spawning development of detailed annual plans and budgets. Werenewed our membership structure and initiated a process to diversify our fundingbased on a model introduced at the Nonprofit Resource Development Councilconference last year. We developed a visionary plan for improving our communications with all of you.Anne Towne has been a great executive, and she has assembled a talented group
of staff and consultants that “do it all.” She’s been a large part of 
our success and our organization and thecommunity owes her a debt of gratitude. As she
moves on, we’ve had the opportunity to consider 
what we need in an Executive and find that personin Duane St. Clair.We anticipate that ACS will continue to be avibrant and vital organization that collaborates with all sectors of theHoward County community to make our county the best that it canbe. It has been my personal gift to be a small part of it. Thank you.
ACS 2010-2011 President Harry Schwarz
Anne TowneDuane St. Clair 
Association of Community Services 10480 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Suite 920 Columbia,
21044 410-715-9545 info@acshoco.org www.acshoco.org
ACS provides high-quality education and training programs for the human service and nonprofitcommunity with a special focus on the needs of Howard County. Trainingprograms, special-interest forums, monthly meetings, and Hot Topic sessionsare designed to provide staff, board members and volunteers with the skills andinformation needed to provide services and manage their organizations botheffectively and efficiently.
Training Programs
 Four training series: focusing on fundraising, marketing, outreach toculturally-diverse communities, and management skills attracted more than223 people. In addition, three, three-session training series addressedCultural Connections: Workforce, Youth, and Aging; Finder$, Keeper$; andCrafting Your Message So Donors Will Listen. An eight-session First-timeManagers series was developed to help new managers learn to supervise,hire, present, manage, motivate, and evaluate staff.
Members-only Programs
Hot Topics 
sessions offered informal presentations of new initiatives, servicesand programs as well as timely topics of interest to ACS members. Sixty-four 
staff, board members, and volunteers attended this year’s sessions that
included Immigration Status and Its Implications; New Directions for theUnited Way; Make the Right Referral; and Howard Health Counts.
Back-office Group 
sessions offered hands-on demonstrations anddiscussions of new technology and ways to streamline operations. Thesesessions offer an informal setting that is ideal for sharing ideas and re-sources, and networking with colleagues. Six sessions were held in FY11focusing on Google Tools, Risk Management, Needs Assessment,Effective use of Howard Health Counts, RSS feeds, and QR codes.
General Membership Meetings
Monthly general membership meetings not only presentinformation on a wide variety of human service issues, butprovide members with valuable opportunities to shareinformation, make announcements, and connect withcolleagues. ACS held eight general meetings in FY11 thatattracted an average of 53 people per session. Topicsaddressed included nontraditional sources of funding,initiatives to promote self-sufficiency, gang and youthviolence in Howard County, changes in the HealthDepartment, and the results of the 2010 Census andCommunity Needs Assessment.
Education and Training 
“ACS will provide education, training, and information
to help members
achieve their missions”
Association of Community Services 10480 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Suite 920 Columbia,
21044 410-715-9545 info@acshoco.org www.acshoco.org

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