The mission of Aurora Community Connection Family Resource Center is to develop the capacities of under-served families, increase access to resources and promote social equality.
The Aurora Community Connection (ACC) family resource center was founded in 2007 with funding from the JFM Foundation and support from the Family Resource Center Association (FRCA). At this time, Dr. Robin Waterman was hired to re-establish a family resource center in north Aurora after a previous family resource center closed its doors, the Lowry Family Resource Center moved to Montebello and a community needs assessment determined a gap in services, especially for Spanish-speaking families. In addition, Leadership Aurora, a leadership development program operated by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, chose ACC as their class project. From that effort, 36 professionals from Aurora helped ACC identify in-kind facility space, develop marketing materials, raise start-up funds through a community event, create a Board and develop organizational infrastructure.
ACC simultaneously promotes family self-sufficiency and mobilizes residents to volunteer their time and skills to help other families. With support from Denver Foundation's Strengthening Neighborhoods Program, one of ACCs first major steps was to create a Community Advisory Board (CAB) involving low-income residents on multiple levels of leadership. CAB members promote program participation, recruit other volunteers, help guide the development of programs and provide evaluation feedback. In 2011, five CAB members became part of ACCs Board of Directors.
In its 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, Cooking Matters, Families First and the City of Aurora 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.
Aurora Community Connection (ACC) family resource center has been committed to serving families in the North Aurora community since 2008. We provide high-quality programs in English and Spanish that every member of the family can benefit from.
The ACC is dedicated to supporting individuals and families and building our local community by increasing access to health and access to education. All our programs are made possible by committed, bilingual staff as well as many volunteers from the community. We appreciate their generous support and dedication to our mission.
Reid Hettich, Board Chair
Aurora Community Connection