MCC 2020 Final Report
As we all know, 2020 was quite different than years past. We were not able to gather or celebrate as usual, but that did not stop the Mora Creative Council from continuing our community efforts. 2020 was a great planning and training year for us, and we are so excited to continue our work. Read on for a recap of our 2020 and stay tuned for more projects from the MCC!
In 2020, we hired an executive director and hosted a summer intern and VISTA Volunteer. We all spent a lot of time learning, taking courses from various organizations ranging from social media training, to grant writing and fundraising, to economic development. Combined, the courses we participated in this year have a value of over $7,500 and were invaluable learning experiences. We would also like to extend special thanks to New Mexico MainStreet for providing $37,700 worth of technical assistance and network services to our community in 2020.
After taking these courses, it was time to put our knowledge to good use. We applied for plenty of grants last year, bringing in $16,050 in grant money to our community. These grants will be used for youth summer camps, fixing the banner poles throughout town, and other beautification projects on Main Street. We also significantly increased our online presence through our website, e-newsletter, and social media accounts. We have a total of 785 followers across our social media platforms and are up to 376 subscribers to our bi-monthly newsletter. Our website also attracts nearly 1,000 visitors per month.
The MCC has also been busy developing our identity as an economic development organization. In the past, we have been heavily focused on our community efforts, as evidenced by our Easter Scavenger Hunt, Family Challenges, Volunteer Reading Program, and the annual Fall Festival. That will certainly not be changing, as we are deeply dedicated to our community. However, we will be incorporating a hefty amount of economic development work as we work alongside New Mexico MainStreet to revitalize downtown Mora. As part of that work, this year we connected local business owners to technical assistance and rental opportunities, developed a comprehensive grocery & take-out menu for Mora, developed economic transformation strategies, and created an online marketplace for local entrepreneurs to sell their products.
In my opinion, our most amazing numbers came from our volunteers and donors. Even in the midst of the chaos that was 2020, our community chose to give their time and money to our cause and for that we are extremely grateful. We banked nearly 500 volunteer hours this year and received over $3,000 in in-kind and donations. The combined value of volunteer time and donations given to the MCC last year is a striking $13,254!
All in all, the MCC provided over $92,000 worth of services to our community this year (see the full report below). We couldn’t have done it without the help of our various organizational partners, our dedicated team, or the support of our community. We are excited to continue our work and reveal our plans for 2021, so subscribe to our newsletter and check back here frequently for our latest updates!
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