Box 3, Folder 15, Document 24

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Box 3, Folder 15, Document 24

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ouncil of' the
rea inc.
EUGENE T. BRANCH, Chairman of the Board of Directors
DUANE W. BECK, Executive Director
TELEPHONE 577-2250
January, 1970
Eugene Branch, Chairman of the Community Council's Board of Directors,
has carefully reviewed our activities of the year just ended, and now
looks ahead to 1970.
We believe Communique readers will be interested in the following
program Mr. Branch envisions:
The beginning of a new year is a good time for an organization to
pause long enough to consider where it is in the achrevement of its goals
and where it is going.
Since others are due the credit, I think it not immodest of me to say
that I believe the Council did a good job in 1969. However, rather than
dwell on the 1969 activities, it would seem more helpful to mention some
of the activities which will be given priority in 1970. In addition to the
normal and on-going activities of the Social Research Center and Permanent
Conference, the following illustrate the activities which will be given
emphasis in 1970:
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)
The 4-C program is a federal program designed to develop a coordinated
program to provide services to childre n--and thus make better use of the
community's funds and resources in providing such services. Atlanta was
named a pilot community and the Council was named the delegate agency. A
Steering Committee composed of parents, representatives of day care agencies
and organizations has been elected and is at work. Much of our staff time
will be devoted to this activity. This is an outgrowth of our Child
Development Project.
Day Care Action Subcommittee
~he very fine work of this Subcommittee will be continued in 1970. Its
function is to stimulate interest in day care and help develop new day
care resources. In 1969 ,the Subcommittee published a Day Care Manual
which provides a step-by-step guide to those interested in planning and
developing a day care center. The response has been so enthusiastic that
we are swamped with requests by church groups and others for technical
assistance. This important activity also arose out of our Child Development Project.
Coordination of Services and Planning
One of the most important on-going activities of the Council is that of
bringing together planning and service agencies in an effort to provide
coordination of planning and services. The existing funds and resources
for dealing with our urgent urban problems are extremely limited and all
agencies have an obligation to jointly plan and coordinate their activities
in dealing with the problems which are their major concern. Space does not
permit an adequate description of the Council's work activities in coordination but.. periodic reports will be given in Communique.
Emergency Assistance
Every effort to identify the most urgent problems in our five-county area
has resulted in high priority being given to the need for developing more
resources for emergency assistance. There are many aspects of the problem.
An Emergency Assi8tance Committee has been organized and has begun to function. It has determined to work first on developing resources to deal with
the problems arising out of evictions. Hundreds of families are evicted
each year and there is no organized program to help the evicted families
with such needs as storage space for furniture, temporary shelter, f ood etc.
Other Special Activities
(a) Welfare Committee. Practically everyone agrees that our entire
welfare program must be overhauled. A Welfare Committee is studying various
income maintenance programs, including the Administration ' s Family Assis tance Act, and will make periodic reports.
{b) Advisory Committee for Information and Referral. This Committee
was formed to a s s i st in the improvement of information and referral service
in the metropolitan Atlanta area and to devise means for improving servi ces
to meet the most urgent ne eds identi f ied by such s e rvice. Among o t he r
things , thi s Committe e will he lp f ocus attention on t he most serious ummet
needs in our area.
(c) Fourte enth Street Mult i -Purpose Cente r. The Council ha s leased a
hous e on Juni per Street to be used as a community cen ter f o r t he Four t eenth
St reet area . I t is funct i oning and has been well -receive d . The foc u s will
be on a volunt a r y medica l clini c, a counsel i ng c enter and a t wenty-four
hour informati on and ~eferral service . This facilit y is being operated at
t he pre sent t ime entire ly by volunteers . The Center can meet a great neea
a nd we 'l l keep you up to da t e on i t s activi ti e s i n Communique.
(d ) Interagency Counc il on Al c ohol a nd Drugs .
Th is Council is simply
a " coming together ' of establ ished agencies concerned with problems related
to the use of alcohol and drugs. It provides a means by which such agencies
can work together. The Council has divided itself into the following five
Task Forces: Resources and Exis ting Facilities and Services, Education,
Treatment and Counseling, Speakers Bureau, and Legal Aspects and Legislation. You've received some information on this important and interesting
activity and more will be forthcoming.
(e) Expanded Public Information Service. We have improved our methods
of get·ting valuable information to the general public and will give greater
emphasis to this activity. The information gathered by our Research Center
and through our various programs, if properly and attractively passed on to
the general public, will provide our area with a better informed citizenry.
This greater understanding of our problems will in time result in an
improvement in services and funds to meet the problems.
The above are simply illustrative of the variety of activities in
which the Council is engaged. The Child Development Project revealed the
need for further work on such problems as retardation of children, the need
for twenty-four hour child care, learning difficulties etc.
Volunteer Atlanta
The Council is a .sponsor of Volunteer Atlanta and will continue to
assist this project. As you may recall, Volunteer Atlanta was brought
about largely by the Council and is sponsored by the Council, the Atlanta
Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Junior League, the Community Chest, and
E.O.A. Its object is to recruit, train and place volunteers in public
and private agencies throughout the five-county area. We think this can be
one of the most important projects begun in the Atlanta area during recent
Assistance to Groups
The Council is receiving an ever increasing number of 1·equests for
technical assistance from agencies, neighborhood groups, and civic organizations. Agencies are requesting assistance in reviewing their programs;
neighborhoods are seeking assistance in the drafting of proposals for
resident-determined programs; and civic organizations are asking for suggestions as to the type of programs in which they might be effectively involved
Thus, technical assistance to neighborhood groups and direct service
agencies is becoming a major role of the Council. We think this role
should be emphasized and that means must be devised to adequately provide
such assistance. The Council is.basically a collection of staff, accumulated information and experience, and skill, and whenever its assistance
can make agencies, neighborhood groups, churches and civic organizations
more effective in their work, we add to the funds and resources being put
to effective use in our community. This type of . assistance is one of the
most important functions the
Council can perform.
Program Development
During the early part of 1970, we expect to organize a Program Development Committee for the Council. This Committee will be made up of Board
members and individuals who are n~t on the Board. Its function will be to
provide a means for continually reviewing the work activities of the Councii
and assisting in the establishment of priority for its programs. The
Council is a social planning organization which can be an important
resource in the community only if it retains its vitality and flexibility.
If the Council had become rigid in devising its programs, its people and
resources would not have been available to engage in some of the activities
described above which maintain a balance between continuity in those activities which look to long range improvement and flexibility sufficient to
give the community the benefit of the skill and information available
through the Council's resources. The Program Development Committee will
provide a means for retaining the Council's vitality and balance in its
work activities.
Obviously there is a great deal to be done to make our five-county
area a better place in which to live. I think it equally obvious that
there is a great deal with which to do the job if we plan and work together
with imagination, enthusiasm and a sense of urgency. So let's roll up our
sleeves and see what we can accomplish together in 1970.

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