About Aurora Community Connection
The Aurora Community Connection (ACC) family resource center was founded in November, 2007 with funding from the JFM Foundation and support from the Family Resource Center Association (FRCA). This funding was extended to honor the memory of FRCA’s founding director, Bill Michaels, and JFM Foundation’s co-founder and long-time President, Frederic Mayer, who were both committed to re-establishing a family resource center in north Aurora after a previous site closed its doors. At this time, JFM Foundation and FRCA hired Dr. Robin Waterman to take the lead in creating the center. In addition, Leadership Aurora, a leadership development program operated by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, chose ACC as their class project in 2007-2008. From that effort, 36 professionals from Aurora worked with Dr. Waterman to identify in-kind facility space, develop marketing materials, create a Board of Directors, develop organizational infrastructure and obtain additional funding. FRCA also provided pass-through funding from the Colorado Health Foundation to support health advocacy work.
ACC simultaneously promotes family self-sufficiency and mobilizes residents from the local community to contribute their time and skills to help other families. In its short time as a nonprofit organization, ACC has built trust with local residents and created a strong approach for community outreach. As a result, groups such as Aurora Public Schools, Aurora Mental Health, Share Our Strengths and the Anschutz Wellness Center turn to ACC to connect program resources to families in Aurora. For this reason, many of ACC’s programs are collaborative efforts using existing community resources, with ACC responsible for program outreach and participant recruitment and community agencies funding program staff, evaluation and materials.
Numbers served in 2013:
- ACC staff provided 4,607 one-time referrals to a community resource, such as adult education programs, such as GED or ESL classes; information regarding low-cost medical resources, such as dental exams and eye care; information related to utility payments and rent assistance, etc.
- 1,427 people attended an on-going class, of 6 – 12 weeks, such as youth soccer, adult Zumba, Cooking and Nutrition classes and after-school tutoring. Most of these individuals participated 2-3 times a week in these programs.
- ACC offered 18 different programs and services–a total of 53 times in 2013—at 9 different locations in Aurora.