Cameron Community Ministries Inc. was established in 1984 in response to a neighborhood survey that found a great need in the Lyell-Otis area on Rochester’s west side.
The mission of the organization is to provide hope to the community through education, empowerment and engagement to break the cycle of poverty. Cameron lends a hand up, not a handout.
The organization was founded by the Presbytery of Genesee Valley and the American Baptist Churches of the Rochester/Genesee Region. Along with that denominational support, it now receives support from individuals, churches, businesses, community groups and foundations. Cameron seeks to meet the needs of a neighborhood where a significant number of families live in poverty. Ninety-eight percent of the children enrolled at Cameron qualify for a free/reduced-price school lunch.
- Hot lunch: The Cameron kitchen welcomes thousands of children and adults every year.
- Clothing House: Roughly 1,000 families shop in the Clothing House annually.
- Produce distribution: Once a month Cameron is a site for Foodlink Inc.’s surplus produce distribution.
- Community resources: Information, resources and services are offered to guests during lunch, including a visiting pastor.
- After school: Cameron offers a safe place for elementary school children who attend School 54.
- Summer Safe Haven: Children experience field trips, participate in cheer, basketball, cooking, arts and crafts, and dance clubs.
- Kids’ Cafe: Free, nutritious, children-friendly suppers for individuals 18 and under.
- Emergency and office services: Cameron provides fax, copy, phone and notary services.
- Bike referrals and bike repair: Referrals to obtain refurbished bikes from R-Community Bikes are provided, and Cameron offers on-site repair services once a week.
The executive director of Cameron is Jennifer Muniga; the organization, at 48 Cameron St., has 12 employees, and its website is www.cameronministries.org.
Financial Record Year ended Dec. 31, 2014
Gifts, grants $579,071 93
Income from fundraising 35,820 6
Investment income 1,623 less than 1
Miscellaneous 6,666 1
Total revenue $623,180 100
Food donated $273,552 43
Salaries and benefits 239,710 37
Depreciation 31,900 5
Program costs 27,094 4
Rent 22,977 4
Utilities 17,879 3
Office expenses 13,798 2
Insurance 8,515 1
Accounting services 4,530 less than 1
Other 4,232 less than 1
Total expenses $644,187 100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses ($21,007)
Board of directors
Debra Bishop, chairwoman
Rev. Michael Ford, vice chairman
Rev. Alan Newton, treasurer
K.C. Burritt, secretary
Susan Orr, ex-officio
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