Name: Read Aloud Delaware Started:
Description:
 
Address: P.O. Box 25249 Director: Mary W. Hirschbiel
    302-656-5256
   
  Wilmington, DE 19899    
 
Phone: 302-656-5256 Fax: 302-656-2119
WebPage: http://www.readalouddelaware.org Email: mhirsch@readalouddelaware.org
 

Human Resources

Mary W. Hirschbiel Executive Director

Internet Presence

Internet Access? T1, DSL
Have A WebPage? yes
www.readalouddelaware.org
How often is it updated? never
Do you have plans to start one? no

Services that best describe what your organization provides:

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Child & Youth Services
Early Childhood Programs/Day Care
Health Education/Prevention
Parenting Services
Volunteer Opportunities

Agency Information

What Year did your agency begin operating?  
What is your United Way status? Affiliate
Is your agency religiously affiliated? yes
What is your non-profit status? 501(c)3
What is your agency's annual operating budget? $500,001 - $1,000,000
What percent of your operational budget comes from the following sources:
United Way 10.0%
Foundation and Corporate Grants 10.0%
Denominational support 1.0%
Grant and Aid (State of Delaware) 65.0%
Self-Pay (fee for services) 1.0%
Other reimbursements 1.0%
Congregational support 1.0%
Non-United Way non-religious federated campaigns 2.0%
Other special fund raisers 2.0%
Individual contributions: cash 6.0%
Individual contributions: hard goods 1.0%

How many full-time employees work at your agency? 5
How many part-time employees work at your agency? 3
In an average month how many volunteer hours are provided to your agency? 1600
Does your financial statement indicate free or in-kind services? Yes
Did your agency begin as a result of a congregational/parish sponsored initiative? Yes
Does your agency operate a program that resulted from a congregational/parish initiative? Yes

Clients served when working with congregations/parishes:

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Newborns, infants & toddlers
Parents

Formal partnerships with local religious congregations/parishes that provide the following:

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  Formal? Informal?
After School Programs yes yes
Domestic Violence yes yes
Mentoring yes yes
Veterans Services yes yes

Who brokers the relationship with the congregation/parish when you seek congregational/parish volunteers, money, facility space, and goods and services?

  Volunteers Money Facilities & Space Goods & Services
You   yes    
A board member yes   yes  
A member of your staff yes   yes  
A community organization        
Other yes yes yes yes

Do you get contracts from a state agency to deliver a specific service with the assistance of a congregation or parish? Yes

In the future, what area of services to you thing you might seek assistance from congregations/parishes

Domestic Violence
Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Information

Are your volunteers from religious congregations/parishes serving as part of a congregational/parish program (e.g., children’s outreach ministry)? Yes
How long has your agency been working with volunteers from congregations/parishes? 11-24 years
Do you have an organized method of involving volunteers from congregations/parishes? No
Do you train members of congregations/parishes differently from other volunteers? No - We train them the same
In general, do the congregations/parishes usually initiate the volunteer relationship with your agency? Yes
How do you inform congregations/parishes of volunteer opportunities in your agency? Flyers, Personal Contact 
Where are volunteers typically trained? At my agency, At the congregants'/parish's facility, At another community organization site, Other 

Rate the importance of the following criteria in identifying potential congregations/parishes for VOLUNTEER assistance?

Stature of spiritual leader Not Important
Perceived wealth of congregation/parish Not Important
Personal contacts Very Important
Board member's relationship to the congregation/parish Very Important
Congregation's reputation and track record of committment Not Important
Size of congregation/parish Not Important
Other  

Identify the ways your agency uses volunteers from congregations/parishes: Direct service, Administration, Clerical 

Congregational Parish Support

Do you receive any financial support from at least one local religious congregation/parish? No
Do you seek any financial support from at least one local religious congregation/parish? No
Did any of these congregations/parishes initiate the financial relationship with your agency? No
If you seek money from a congregation/parish, who usually brokers the relationship? You, A board member, Other 
If you receive financial support from religious congregations/parishes, how do you typically request money from them? A formal proposal to select members of a congregation/parish 

Rate the importance of the following criteria as they relate to how you approach congregations/parishes for FINANCIAL assistance.

Stature of spiritual leader  
Perceived wealth of congregation/parish  
Personal contacts Very Important
Board member's relationship to the congregation/parish Very Important
Congregation's reputation and track record of committment  
Size of congregation/parish  
Other  

Use of Congregational Parish Facilities

Do you ever use the congregations’/parishes’ facilities? No
If no, would your agency be interested in using congregational/parish facilities if the opportunity arose? no
Do you rent space at a reduced-market rate from a congregation/parish? Yes
Who usually brokers the relationship with the congregation/parish when you seek the use of facilities? A member of your staff 
Are you currently working with one or more congregations/parishes to help them set up services at their facility? Yes
Do you receive any of the following free services from congregations/parishes?  

Relationships with Local Congregations & Parishes

Is the director of your organization involved in his/her own religious congregation/parish? Yes
Is the director of your organization a member of the clergy? Yes
Are there members of your organization who are members of the clergy? Yes
Has that involvement helped stimulate congregational/parish involvement at your agency? no
Do you formally evaluate the effectiveness of congregational/parish resources for your organization’s program operations? Yes
The United Way of Delaware is planning to use the information gained from this survey to initiate a community-wide planning effort designed to help agencies use the resources of the religious community in the best possible way. Would you be willing to be part of this effort? No
Would you like assistance in recruiting, training, and retaining volunteers? No