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Non-Profit Report: Cameron Community Ministries

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.

Programs include:

  •  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
Revenue        %
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

Expenses        %
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
John Burch
Sarah Boyce
Clayton Cloen
John Jennings
Yasmin Mattox
Robert Moore
Gregory Nearpass
Elmira Washington
Kristen Zale
Susan Orr, ex-officio

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