“Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.”  (Paul Ryan)

Compassion Corps is even more than a community: it is a coalition of concerned individuals. And while committed to bringing relief and economic development in Africa, our coalition is equally committed to transformational character development in the lives of Americans. Our “corps” of now more than thirty members is comprised of local volunteers and a growing network of church and civic groups.  Our team works to raise public awareness of the great physical needs of our African neighbors as we spur one another on to “become a part of the solution.”  Team members chase after these goals through gathering donated resources, creatively raising funds, serving on short-term medical, construction, or teacher-training teams, and becoming advocates in their spheres of influence.

It has been a humbling and exciting experience to see Compassion Corps grow steadily over the past eight years, after first taking shape in January, 2007.  The work started with a small group of women who met at Denny’s Restaurant to talk about Jan Bean’s vision:  to begin a grassroots compassion ministry.  Since then, through hosting countless advocacy events in the Mid-Atlantic Region and taking over 20 short-term teams to the African field, the group has matured into a comprehensive coalition, intent on making a lasting impact for good.

Back then…                      Look at us now!…

Compassion Corps’ continued growth necessitates the ongoing development, monitoring, and strengthening of partnerships, along with competent management of volunteers and short-term teams.  This requires the full- and part-time work of a few people, as well as professional development opportunities for our volunteers:

Jan Bean:

Jan works in a full-time position as President and Executive Director of Compassion Corps.  It is her vision that both launched and helps to sustain Compassion Corps. Jan continues to be our primary spokesperson, and she oversees all of our international partnerships, community development projects, and the Cup of Compassion social enterprise.

Beth McMillen:

Beth works full-time as Director of Operations and Short-term Teams Coordinator. She serves as general manager of our growing corps of volunteers both locally and on our teams, and she oversees all aspects of our financial management.

Professional Development:

The rest of our 14 person staff serve as volunteers for Compassion Corps. Throughout the year, there are opportunities that arise for this committed core group to get training in specific areas that will benefit the work and impact of Compassion Corps. Presently, we do not have funding to pay for staff members to attend training opportunities. Donations to professional development will help fund these valuable opportunities as they arise.

When you give towards staff support , you are contributing to the growth of Compassion Corps as well as advancing the overall mission of this organization. Thank you for making it possible for us to continue to serve!

 

 

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