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Rockville Community Outreach, Inc. was founded in July 2011 by a group of concerned citizens who recognized that there was a lack of community leadership and the need to fill in the gaps in services not provided by local government and social agencies. Rockville Community Outreach, Inc., was granted IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit status in March of 2012.
The focus of the organization is on educating all residents regardless of age but with a focus on children. Proposed programs include but are not limited academic excellence, economic development, financial literacy and physical fitness/awareness. A critical component to the success of the organization is the building of a community center.
Rockville Community Outreach, Inc. board meetings, community meetings and programs are currently being held in the fellowship hall of Mt. Olive No. 1 Baptist Church (located in the center of the community) free of charge until a Community Center can be constructed. Membership in the organization is anyone who is interested in promoting community development. The organization has no paid staff and funding is provided by monthly member contributions, donations from the general public (fundraising) and future grants from government and from other non-profit organizations.
Though still in our infancy, we are seeing success with our Academic Excellence Program (AEP), which is our signature program that rewards students.
- During the 2013 – 2014 school year we rewarded on average 11 students for making the ”A”, “A&B” and “B” honor during each 9-week reporting period.
- We also held a Summer Reading/Essay Contest for the middle and high school students. With generosity of several sponsors we gave away 2 Kindle Fires and $100 in cash prizes.
- School supply give-a-way.
Critical to our success is high speed internet access for every resident. In the digital age in which we live, having access to high speed internet is almost a necessity. Every part of our daily lives is impacted by the internet from paying bills, searching and applying for jobs, on-line educational course and homework assignments for school children.
Rural communities have access to slow dial-up internet service, which ties up the phone line, or high speed service from satellite providers. But often times satellite pricing structure is double and sometimes triple that of major phone and cable carriers. In a depressed economy paying double rates is not a viable option for everyone in the community. Clarke County is currently experiencing a 16% unemployment rate which is double that of the national unemployment rate. By providing the Internet café/library the residents would not have to make a choice between paying to keep a roof over their heads, food on their table and clothes on their backs versus having high speed internet service.
In addition to the economic impact of having an Internet café in the community, residents would not have to travel 12 miles to the nearest library to use their computers and free internet or other businesses in town that offer free Wi-Fi to their customers. An added bonus to having the Internet café is being able to offer computer training to those residents who might not currently own a computer.
I’m sure most people take having high speed internet access for granted and never realized that not all areas in the country are so lucky. In rural communities even having good and consistent cell phone reception is an issue so it’s no wonder that we don’t have the infrastructure to support the local phone carrier to provide DSL service.
Providing a community Internet café would have long term and lasting benefits.
Rockville Community Outreach, Inc.
P. O. Box 1343 Jackson, Alabama 36545
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We can only achieve our goals with assistance of generous donations from members of our community (past and present) and friends.
We are in the planning stages of building a picnic pavilion and multi-purpose room on the site of the “Old School House”. The approximate cost of this project is $65,000 and we need your support to make this project a reality. No amount is too small or too large!
Rockville Community Outreach, Inc. is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible.