ICOD, Inc. is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization established in June 2000 and is based in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia. We take the view that human and economic development can enrich the life of any community through capacity-building and collaboration. Thus, our mission is to empower people and communities through advocacy, education, and training. ICOD has made a creditable impact in the Athens area in Training and Development, Disability Support, Mentoring and Community Technology programs.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair & President - Mrs. Barbara Bacon - Executive Director, Hands on Washington, Inc. - Washington, GA
VP - Program Dev. - Ms. Annice Ritter - Executive Director (ret.), Athens-Oconee Literacy Council, Athens, GA
VP - Project Dev - Mrs. Demestrus Mercier, Executive Director. (ret.) Greene Co. Schools, Greensboro GA
VP - Development - Dwain E. Evans, Senior Accounts Executive, United Parcel Service (UPS)
Secretary - Ms. Del Swain, CEO - Academic and Support Services, Inc., Anniston, Alabama
Treasurer - James E. Fair - Director of Housing Management, Athens Housing Authority, Athens, GA
Member - Edward S. Gardner – Director of Development, Boys & Girls Clubs - Athens, GA
OUR TRACK RECORD
2012 - Awarded a $10,000 foundation grant to support a six-month Community Empowerment training project. Trainers, skilled in positive youth development, conducted a series of capacity-building workshops to staff of youth-serving organizations in the Athens, Georgia area. The training focused on asset-building, mentoring and program development.
2010 - Awarded a new 3-year $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program. It had proposed to sustain the Friends For Life Mentoring program. However, federal budget cuts ended this project after the 2010-11 program year.
2007 - Awarded a 3-year $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program. It will fund Friends For Life Mentoring to make and sustain at least 300 one-to-one matches of caring adults with children of incarcerated parents!
2004 - Awarded a 3-year $720,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program. It was used to establish Friends For Life Mentoring and resulted in over 125 matches / over 150 volunteers trained / and a network of over 10 faith-based mentoring partners based throughout a 7-county target area.
2002 - Awarded a one-time administrative grant from the GA Department of Labor and subsequently approved as a permanent 10th unit of Project Independence Older Blind Program - which offers free or at a reduced cost - eye exams, talking watches, canes and independent living training. This project is operated by the VISTAS CENTER.
2001 - Awarded a 2 - Year $248,375 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Technology Opportunities Program. The grant was used to establish the VISTAS CENTER for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Services now include Braille Instruction,
Computer Training, Orientation and Mobility, Independent Living, and Microenterprise Training.
2000 - Collaborated with Creative Visions Foundation, Inc. to successfully obtain a 3- year $395,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish the NETSPAN Community Technology Centers Program. Over 14 neighborhood-based Tech Centers were established across a network of churches, Boys and Girls clubs, a Community Action Agency, and community centers throughout Athens-Clarke County, GA. This formed an infrastructure for launching initiatives in Adult Literacy, After-School Tutorials, Career Development, and Microenterprise Development.
Institute for Community and Organizational Development, Inc.
337 S. Milledge Avenue Suite 114 Athens, GA 30605
706-995-2216 Fax 706-583-8844
www.icodinc.org email: firstname.lastname@example.org