- Organization Name:AGAPE Love From Above To Our Community
- Address:19 East 7th Street
P.O. Box 424
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
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AGAPE is a non-denominational, faith-based mission that works to “fill in the gaps” that currently exist between people in need and the community services available to assist them. Those services, for which the Alcoa Foundation honored us with its Humanitarian Award in 2011, are not limited to but include food relief, household goods assistance, addiction programs, poverty alleviation, and homelessness reduction programs for thousands of underserved people that other county, state, federal, and nonprofit services are not reaching.
Our vision is to create and support a just and fair community without poverty, today, tomorrow and forever. Through counseling, educational, networking and referral services, we can ensure that families and individuals receive the help they need to get back on their feet after a difficult time, as well as to be successful in the future – ultimately reducing the use of poverty assistance altogether.
We have operated 12 programs toward this end, serving more than 12,000 over our short history. We leverage millions of dollars of in-kind support, partnerships with other local agencies on the ground, and thousands of volunteer hours to make our work possible on as little funding as possible. Last year, 94% of funding went directly toward programs.
Our core programs include:
-- DailyBread: In the past year, we have served 5,376 hot meals and provided 383 individuals and families with emergency food supplies, logging hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of in-kind donations and 16,000 volunteer hours to do so.
-- StoreMore: We receive goods (i.e. household items, furniture, appliances, etc.) donated by the community and distributed to nearly 2,000 individuals and families in need.
-- Poverty Reduction/Alleviation:
-- SmartStart: In 2014, 22 individuals completed our life-skills workshops and “Getting Ahead in a Gettin’ By World” poverty alleviation program.
-- FreeLife: We mentor and assist ex-offenders re-enter our community successfully to reduce the rate of recidivism in Columbia and Montour County prisons. 54 were served last year.
-- LifeEssentials: We facilitate communication between homeless or families/ individuals in crisis with organizations that can provide them with assistance, including providing educational materials, counseling and instructions, and providing direct financial assistance with heating, rental, utilities, mortgage, car, medical and prescription expenses. We served 149 homeless and 357 others in crisis last year.
Our services have been so successful and so necessary over the past 6 years that, as of July 2015, Columbia County designated us the primary food bank for the region, increasing our clientele by 100% to 700 more households a month at six locations.
We are also tasked simultaneously to increase our supply and distribution of fresh foods via three programs, including a pilot program for weekend backpack food service for 5 elementary schools (180 students) and an injection of fresh foods into our lunch service and food bank programs. Our goal is to provide fresh produce on a semi-monthly or weekly basis to at least 1,000 individuals or families within our service area.
The idea of AGAPE was first suggested at the Annual Conference of the Central Susquehanna United Methodist Church, a coalition of more than 80 need-based missions across Pennsylvania working together to address poverty and disaster. The vision to “fill in the gaps so no one falls through the cracks” from a hub in the Bloomsburg-area was formed, and in December 2008, the first AGAPE Board of Directors were appointed.
AGAPE opened its doors to the community in July 2009, where initial services included the receipt and distribution of used furniture and linens, informational assistance, and referral services. AGAPE assisted 349 families in its first five months (July to December 2009). In its first full year, AGAPE’s eight programs provided $53,807.53 in assistance to 1,073 families.
In September 2011, Tropical Storm Lee hit Northeast Pennsylvania leading to the most damaging flooding in the area in over 100 years. AGAPE was designated the Flood Recovery Center for Columbia County. AGAPE coordinated over 5,000 volunteers to help individuals with clean-up and rebuilding throughout the region. AGAPE distributed recovery supplies to communities in six counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania. An estimated $2,000,000 was distributed in flood relief, clean-up, rebuilding, and refurnishing assistance.
In 2012, AGAPE continued to serve the community by assisting flood survivors through distribution of clean-up and rebuilding supplies and volunteered to assist in rebuilding efforts.
Through our holistic approach to addressing our community’s needs, we have succeeded in serving 9,011 families, providing $1,052,765.16 in total assistance to our communities (not including flood relief efforts) and serving 16,498 hot meals from 2013 to 2014.
Our success has led to us being designated, this year, in 2015, as the central food bank and distribution service for Columbia County. Our Board of Directors has also mandated us to incorporate a fresh foods component into our school-based and community kitchen and delivery services.
- Year established:2009
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
- IRS Section:501(c)(3)
- IRS Subsection:None
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- Guidestar listed:Yes
Types of funding being sought (i.e. funding type)
- None specified
Program areas of focus and activity (i.e. funding cause)
- None specified
Geographic areas of focus and activity (i.e. geographic area)
- None specified
IRS Business Master File Information
- Organization Name:AGAPE LOVE FROM ABOVE TO OUR COMMUNITY
- Sort (Secondary) Name:
- Care Of Name:
- Organization Address:PO BOX 424
- Organization City:BLOOMSBURG
- Organization State:PA
- Organization Zip:17815-0424
- Group Exemption Number:0000
- Subsection Code:03
- Classification Code(s):1
- Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
- Affiliation Code:3
- Ruling Date:December, 1969
- Deductibility Code:1
- Foundation Code:15
- Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
- Activity Code(s):
- Activity Code Desc.(s):
- Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
- Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
- Tax Period:December, 2015
- Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
- Accounting Period:December
- NTEE Code:P20
- Asset Amount:$355,083
- Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
- Income Amount:$876,929
- Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
- 990 Revenue Amount:$871,151
- Last Updated:2/27/2017 5:25:51 am
This information is directly from the IRS Exempt Organization Business Master File at Exempt Organizations Business Master File Extract. This information is not under the control of the Common Grant Application and is collected and compiled and can only be changed by the IRS.