Help IMACA celebrate its 35th anniversary by helping to plan for the future
Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action (IMACA) was incorporated in June 1980 as a 501 (c) (3) limited purpose agency and in 1981 was officially designated by Congress as the Community Action Agency to serve Inyo and Mono Counties. IMACA’s first tasks were to create a resource directory of available services and conduct a community needs assessment. Primary needs were for affordable housing and services to children, both areas in which IMACA has created resources through developing and managing affordable housing projects and providing Head Start/State preschools.
You can help IMACA plan for the future by participating in a Community needs assessment which will guide Strategic Planning and service plans for future years. Find the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CG7NBG3 or visit an IMACA office.
People submitting surveys by October 18, 2016 will be entered in a drawing for several $25 gift certificates.
In the last year, IMACA served 1,241 Inyo and Mono County families-2,816 people in total, employed 45 local residents, transacted business with dozens of local vendors and businesses, and maintained partnerships with over 40 local, State and Federal agencies and organizations to coordinate and improve services to local residents
Current services available through IMACA.
Homelessness Services – Recently organized the local, Federally-recognized Continuum of Care for Homeless and provides Rapid Re-housing, Prevention andEmergency Services. In last 12 months IMACA helped provide housing for 40 homeless individuals or families and rendered homelessness prevention services to 75 other people through the Emergency Solutions Grant Program and Community Services Block Grant, including provision of rapid re-housing assistance to eight homeless veterans and homelessness prevention services to three at-risk veterans. Recently received grant from Sierra Health Foundation to assist at-risk women with children in Mono County.
Low-income Energy Assistance and Home Weatherization programs; In 2015-16 provided energy assistance to 326 families in Inyo County and 193 in Mono County including wood, pellets, propane and electricity – assuring homes and over 860 people will have heat and utilities. IMACA will begin providing home Weatherization services in the next 2 months.
Child Care Council, Childcare Alternate payment program, Childcare Resource and Referral programs in Mono County. Mammoth-based IMACA staff operate programs which: provide childcare support and information to scores of families and providers; provide recognition and support to family and institutional childcare providers, provide direct assistance to 45 low-income working families in need of assistance to obtain childcare.
The Mono County Child Care Council assesses, promotes, plans and provides funding to organizationsimprove County-wide access to high quality child care.
Affordable Housing Management – Provide affordable Senior Housing (Bishop 19-units), family housing (Mammoth Lakes 25-units); and are currently working with the City of Bishop and Visionary Home Builders to develop an affordable, 70 Unit project in Bishop.
Food distribution and food security programs – In the last year, 1,685 people received over 260,000 pounds of food through weekly pantries in Bishop, Lone Pine and Mammoth Lakes and monthly distributions throughout Inyo Mono in 13 communities from Topaz to Tecopa Hot Springs. IMACA receives major food assistance from the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and USDA and essential financial support from the Berger North Foundation, the Donald M. Slager Sunset Foundation, and the Margaret Pillsbury Foundation. IMACA will coordinate with the local Salvation Army on upcoming Holiday programs.
Head Start and State Preschools – IMACA operates five, center-based Head Start/State preschools in Lone Pine, Bishop (2), Mammoth Lakes, Lee Vining and a State Preschool only center in Coleville, CA. In the last year, 174 children participated in the preschools, and over 500 other family members benefited from parent education and counseling, health and dental screenings and more.
IMACA is primarily funded by Federal and State grant programs through HHS-ACF Head Start and HUD; the California Departments of: Community Services and Development; Education; Housing and Community Development; and Social Services. But we need additional assistance and greatly appreciate individuals who provide support through private, tax-deductible donations of funds, goods and services and the Foundations listed above. IMACA also receives significant funding or support from the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools, Mono County Office of Education, County of Mono, Town of Mammoth Lakes, City of Bishop, local media, local businesses, churches, service clubs, employee groups and thousands of hours of volunteer time. Go to www.imaca.net for more information.
IMACA’s mission is “To empower low-income people, to advocate for their needs, and to find and maintain a healthy lifestyle by breaking the cycle of poverty.”
Main Admin Office; 137 East South Street, Bishop, CA; 760-873-8557; Head Start Office, 180 East Clarke Street, Bishop, CA, 760-873-3001; Mammoth Lakes Office, 625 Old Mammoth Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 760-934-3343. <www.imaca.net>