With its variety of programs aimed at helping disadvantaged adults become self-sufficient, the Chevy Chase Community Center has been a worthy recipient of both funding and volunteer support from Quota of Indiana. The Center’s Basic Educational Principles classes, funded by Quota in 2018-19, taught clients a variety of life skills ranging from understanding financial documents to housecleaning using inexpensive products.
“Self-sustainability leads to empowerment,” says Barbara Croce, Chevy Chase Community Center Executive Director. “We show our clients we care and build trust with them, so they feel confident enough to do more with their lives and reach their full potential.”
The Center receives some funding from the federal government, the United Way and White Township, but otherwise relies on the generosity of local service clubs, businesses and the general public to fund its many programs and its popular soup kitchen. When the local schools closed due to COVID19, the Center stepped in to provide more than 200 lunches daily to children and families.
“We decided on March 14 to help these kids that otherwise would go hungry beginning on March 16, but we had no funding in our budget to suddenly provide these lunches,” Croce said. “Quota came through for us and gave us the funding we needed to get started right away with those purchases.”
Quota volunteers have also stepped in to help prepare and distribute the lunches, which is appreciated and not a surprise to Croce given her history with the women of Quota. “I have a personal relationship with many of the Quotarians, and it’s a very generous organization,” Croce says. “In our case, Quota has had, and continues to have, a direct positive impact on the disadvantaged families in our community.”