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To the editor:
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.
Volunteer Services Director
Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois
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