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New Direction for CAPCIL's Transportation Department

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To the editor:

Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois is focused on a new direction for its transportation department. Since 2012, CAPCIL has been contracted by the Logan County Board as the Pass-Through Operator, providing outstanding services for Logan and Mason Counties and meeting the changing needs of the community.

The Agency went through a mission shift in 2014, renewing its commitment to offering programs and services to fight both the causes and consequences of poverty. This commitment required the Agency to select programs based on a solid understanding of what causes and perpetuates poverty in the service area, relying on data to support the community assessment. As causes and consequences were identified through a comprehensive needs assessment, a Strategic Plan was developed. The goal of a need-driven Strategic Plan is to close the "community needs" gap. The Agency has been committed to the mission of poverty fighting through self-sufficiency since 1966, but used the mission shift in 2014 to refocus on providing services to help those who have the desire to help themselves.

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During the last two years, the evolution of public transportation has included a lot of positive changes: increased ridership, strong partnerships with local businesses/organizations, and increased access for human services clients. But over time, the hours required to service the public transportation program began to detract from other programmatic spaces that CAPCIL had defined as high priorities in its strategic direction for the Agency.

As of December 31, 2017, the public transportation partnership between CAPCIL and the Logan County Board will draw to a close. Logan County will continue to be the grantee but CAPCIL will discontinue being the Pass-Through Operator. CAPCIL's Governing Board unanimously voted to end the Agreement. To ensure a seamless, transparent and positive transition for both parties, the CAPCIL board also requested a peer program evaluation and an independent program audit as part of the transition package.

Breann Titus
Volunteer Services Director
Fundraising Co-Chair
Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois

[Posted October 14, 2017]

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