Ashland Christian Emergency Services
P.O. Box 114
Ashland VA 23005-0114
Mission Statement
The mission of the Ashland Christian Emergency Services (ACES) is to serve and address the unmet needs of the less fortunate in our community. We provide food, clothing, furniture, medical equipment, household essentials, transportation for seniors (60+), and limited financial support to families in need due to physical emergency (fire, flood, etc.), and due to physical, medical and/or financial issues that leave our neighbors in need.
 
We are a volunteer organization that depends upon the generosity of churches, organizations and individuals to serve our clients.  Although we are not funded in whole or in part by any federal, state, or local government agency, we do work with the local Department of Social Services and the local Police Department to help identify needs within the community.
 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Altamont Dickerson Jr.
Board Chair Dr. Altamont Dickerson Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 114
Ashland, VA 230050114
Telephone 804 798-2784
Fax 0 000-0000
E-mail youraces@verizon.net
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1991
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $68,000.00
Projected Expenses $59,000.00
Statements
Mission
The mission of the Ashland Christian Emergency Services (ACES) is to serve and address the unmet needs of the less fortunate in our community. We provide food, clothing, furniture, medical equipment, household essentials, transportation for seniors (60+), and limited financial support to families in need due to physical emergency (fire, flood, etc.), and due to physical, medical and/or financial issues that leave our neighbors in need.
 
We are a volunteer organization that depends upon the generosity of churches, organizations and individuals to serve our clients.  Although we are not funded in whole or in part by any federal, state, or local government agency, we do work with the local Department of Social Services and the local Police Department to help identify needs within the community.
 
Impact Over the past year:
  1. ACES has provided food for over 992 families. Much of the food has been donated to ACES and some of the food has been purchased by ACES with donated funds.
  2. We have provided financial support for 270  families.
  3. We have provided clothing, furniture, medical, and/or household items to approximately 1800 families. 
  4. We have provided 19 rides to seniors through our new "Senior Rides" program intended to help seniors who are no longer able to drive with transportation to medical appointments, trips to the grocery, etcetera in an attempt to keep them in their home (independent living) longer.
  5. We have operated, maintained and insured the warehouse style facility where we are located and which we now own. 
  6. We have made facility improvements to improve access and convenience to our clients, visitors, and volunteers by adding an interior hallway to join the front and rear areas of the building. We have also added an office and break room.
Over the next year:
  1. With the present economy still struggling, we anticipate serving approximately the same number of clients as we served last year for food, financial support, clothing, medical and household items.
  2. We anticipate the "Senior Rides" program to grow as more people become familiar with this new service that we offer.
  3. We will continue to operate, maintain and insure our facility. 
  4. We will make improvements to our facility as funds become available and as necessary to maintain and/or improve functionality, safety, and convenience for our clients and volunteers.
Needs
  1. In order to keep our food resources consistent, we have begun to purchase groceries locally to supplement the food donated by local churches, civic groups, businesses, and individuals. Although the amount we will spend will vary considerably from month to month (as do donations) we anticipate an annual expenditure of approximately $6000.
  2. We are trying to expand our hours of operation by opening on at least one Saturday a month in order to meet the needs of the working poor. We consequently will need a few more volunteers and additional funds as our expenses will increase and the demand on our resources will increase. With additional funds we may also be able to serve our clients once per month instead of every 60 days. That would make a greater impact on our most vulnerable clients. We do not yet know the financial impact of Saturday hours as we are just implementing this program. The financial impact of changing from every 60 days to every 30 would be somewhere in the range of $10,000.
  3.  Our additional needs involve upgrades to our computer systems and database. We are working to improve our system and link that system to other charitable organizations in the area in order to share resources and information to better serve our clients. We anticipate an expenditure of approximately $4000. 
  4. It has recently become apparent that our aging mechanical system will likely have to be replaced within the next few years. This will be addressed as funds become available.
Background
In 1950, the Ashland Volunteer Fire Department began collecting donated food, furniture, clothing, etc. for victims of fire. Soon volunteers within the fire department began helping clients in need for other reasons as well.
 
In the 1960's, this volunteer group and the Ashland Clergy Association formally began the Ashland Christian Emergency Services (ACES) and expanded their reach within the community. As the organization and number of clients served grew over the years, ACES outgrew the facility in which it was begun.
 
In 1987, the board of directors purchased a warehouse at 507 Caroline Street in Ashland. This is the facility where we reside today. In 1995, through generous donations from Friends of Hanover, churches, civic clubs, and individuals, the warehouse was paid for in full.
 
Today, we continue to serve and address the unmet needs of the less fortunate in our community. We provide food, clothing, furniture, medical equipment, household essentials, transportation to seniors (60+), and limited financial support to families in need due to physical emergency (fire, flood, etc.), and due to physical, medical and/or financial issues that leave our neighbors in need.
CEO Statement
ACES is a faith-based organization that is fully staffed by volunteers. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and are members of many different church affiliations. The community in which we operate provides our sole support; we receive no federal, state or local monies.  
Board Chair Statement
We are able to meet the needs of the people we serve as a result of an excellent supportive community. We have incorporated fund raising events in an effort to raise additional support to increase our asset base. In addition, it has been necessary to restrict the frequency that our clients receive food assistance (i.e.: frequency was increased from 30 days to 60 days) due to the increased clientele we are trying to serve. We hope we will be able to change back to a 30 day frequency in the future. I have seen lives changed as a result of our intervention.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Ashland
Hanover County
We serve Ashland (23005), Doswell (23047), Glen Allen (23059) and Hanover (23069)
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Altamont Dickerson Jr.
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Email youraces@verizon.net
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Laura Baker Community Volunteer
Cate Beazley Community Volunteer
Dr. Altamont Dickerson Jr.Community Volunteer
Bonnie Hoskin Community Volunteer
Jacque Hoskin Community Volunteer
Patricia Moore Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
We are able to meet the needs of the people we serve as a result of an excellent supportive community. We have incorporated fund raising events in an effort to raise additional support to increase our asset base. In addition, it has been necessary to restrict the frequency that our clients receive food assistance. (i.e.: frequency was increased from 30 days to 60 days). We would like to change back to a 30 day cycle when funds allow.
Executive Director
Executive Director Dr. Altamont Dickerson Jr.
Experience
B.S. degree: Rural Sociology
M. S. degree: Rehabilitation Counseling
Ed. D.: Counselor Education
 
Appointments included: juvenile probation  officer; rehabilitation counselor; supervisor of evaluation (Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center); Director of Facility Development (Virginia Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation); Commissioner, Virginia Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 39
Contractors 0
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Outstanding Support of Sunrise Services by ACESSunrise Services1993
Altamont Dickerson: Volunteer of the yearHanover County, VA1998
Certificate of AppreciationHanover County, VA2005
ACES: Volunteer Group of the YearHanover County, VA2005
Al & Margie Dickerson: Volunteer Award: "Spirit of Family"Hanover County, VA2012
Programs
Description
We provide food, clothing, medical and household goods, transportation to the elderly, and limited financial aid to those in need in the areas we serve. We also provide limited assistance with transient aid.
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success Our short term goals involve communicating our resource needs (donations of food, clothing, household goods as well as financial donations) with local churches, civic associations, local businesses and individuals to keep our program running and involve communicating with local Department of Social Services, local Police Department, and other local charities to fully understand the needs in the community and how to best address these needs.
Long Term Success Our program supplements the services available locally for members of the community that are at or below the poverty level. Although it is unlikely that what we provide can raise these individuals out of poverty, our long term goal is to keep our clients from slipping into a more desperate situation. We base our success on the verbal feedback we receive from clients as well as the professional feedback we receive from the local Department of Social Services and local Police Department. 
CEO/ED/Board Comments
Because we have a very supportive community, we have been able to provide items (food, clothing, household goods) and limited financial aid to those less fortunate. Typically, we run short of food items in late spring through the summer months. In order to bring in additional funds or food, we have held several fund raising events as well as food drives.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $68,000.00
Projected Expenses $59,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$34,734$36,234$37,006
Administration Expense$17,744$21,289$17,136
Fundraising Expense$18,664--$3,321
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.201.291.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses49%63%64%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue25%0%6%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$301,787$278,185$261,471
Current Assets$129,887$115,525$98,811
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$301,787$278,185$261,471
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Comments
Organization Comments
ACES' operating income is derived from individuals and corporate donations. We are dependent upon their support to meet the majority of our operating needs. Because we realize that community support allows us to be able to assist people in need, we make every effort to make wise financial decisions. In addition to the community support received, ACES has become pro-active in its effort to raise additional resources through such activities as food drives and yard sales.
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and financial statements prepared internally by the organization.
  • Financial analysis performed with Form 990.  Supplemental information provided by the financial statements.