The Service Group: NBCSCC Celebrates Two Years
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It’s a long acronym, but we like to call NBCSCC “the service group.” And we’ve been amazed what this service group has done so far in its short life!
Over two years ago, a handful of Leland citizens gathered together to brainstorm. Their goal was to find the best way to let the public know about the services nonprofits provide citizens, specifically in the northern part of the county. Thus, Northern Brunswick County Services Coordinating Council (NBCSCC) was born.
The group is a networking opportunity for both anyone interested in helping others and for those seeking assistance. From the start, the aim of NBCSCC has been to Communicate, Cooperate, and Coordinate. NBCSCC communicates both services and needs, encourages cooperation, and helps coordinate opportunities for nonprofits and residents to connect. Today, members include government, civic and religious organizations in the northern county area.
Right now, the group is primarily a support vehicle to communicate and publicize opportunities and needs. But the first NBCSCC run hands-on event, a Christmas-time clothing giveaway, was very successful, making NBCSCC excited to do more events like this.
There are so many wonderful nonprofits serving Brunswick County, with a lot of new activity in the north, that many residents simply don’t know about. The power of the NBCSCC is gathering a variety of voices in to one channel to be louder. Through this power, the NBCSCC can deliver some big results for the community.
For example, as a direct outcome of a NBCSCC meeting, the Town of Leland passed a resolution to recognize October 15th as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Through a connection in NBCSCC, Crosswinds Church in Leland contacted Manna Ministries in early 2016 with an idea to help stock the pantry for their food ministry. The church small groups challenged each other with “Super Souper Donations” and they were overwhelmingly gifted.
“We received over 5,000 non-perishable food items to distribute to those who needed the extra help,” Kris Allen, also a NBCSCC board member, says, referring to the monthly food distribution conducted by Manna Ministries.
Other NBCSCC members have used the organization to gather volunteers to fill backpacks for Brunswick Family Assistance back-to-school program and garden work at Lincoln Elementary’s Community Garden project.
NBCSCC hopes to provide more such support and coordination to north Brunswick nonprofits in the years to come.
“I’ve been involved in this service group since it began two years ago” said Leland Town Manager David A. Hollis. “The intent is to connect all types of non-profit groups, spiritual, governmental, and scholastic in their efforts to provide assistance to those in need in this community.”
This past month, NBCSCC participated in the non-profit “Conscience Fair” sponsored by the StarNews at the CFCC Schwartz Center in Wilmington. Several people stopped to say they live in Leland and were looking for ways to help.
“Many volunteer opportunities require little commitment. If you only have one Saturday a month to help, we can probably find a way to plug you in with one of our groups. Whether you are interested in helping with a food distribution, clothes give away, or slinging a hammer,” Allen said.
Public meetings of the NBCSCC, which occur three times a year and have netted dozens of group members as well as others who have stepped up to meet immediate needs in the community. Attendees are not required to be affiliated with a particular nonprofit.
The next community meeting for is scheduled for Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Leland Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Drive. Each group attending will have a moment to introduce their goals and needs and refreshments will be served.
Learn more about NBCSCC
Visit their website at www.nbservicegroups.org.
Or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NBCSCC/.