A decade of outreach

Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 09:37 AM.

The end of the Christmas holiday will bring planning for projects to be undertaken in 2014, with the first key window the spring – in March – arrival of Auburn students.

 Burkett will also begin an outreach campaign to promote the community aspect of her organization as it sees the Jessie Ball DuPont Grant wind down in the next several years.

Changes in how the state funds and distributes dollars for the State Housing Initiative Program (SHIP) have also impacted the CCDF, which has worked through local SHIP program coordinators to fund many rehabilitation projects.

During the first quarter of 2014, Burkett said she will speak to any organization or civic group that will provide an audience in order to bring more local economy stability to an organization that has stabilized so many over more than 10 years.

Burkett said she always envisioned CCDF that did not have to rely so heavily on filling out extensive and time-consuming grant paperwork each year to survive, an organization that could receive as good as it gives locally.

“I really need the community and businesses to step up,” Burkett said. “I need Gulf County and Mexico Beach to pull together to keep this program going. My hope is that the community will pick up some of the slack.

“I think it is a good time to ask the community to step up and help us with what we haven’t asked for in 10 years.”



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