Jacoby McConkey, of Sauk Rapids, recently volunteered during “Meet Crookston through Service” at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. As part of new student orientation at the U of M-Crookston, students are introduced to Crookston through this program before classes even start. On Aug. 22, students were at work at 14 different locations around the community under the direction of their student orientation leader and Lisa Loegering, assistant director of community engagement on the Crookston campus. McConkey spent the morning at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge volunteering to remove protective tubes from trees and calculate tree survival rates as part of this unique service opportunity.
Tri-County Action Program Inc. recently announced it has been certified in accountability and awarded the Charities Review Council “Meets All Standards” Seal. The Certification and Seal indicate that Tri-CAP meets all 27 of the Council’s Accountability Standards.
Nonprofit organizations such as Tri-CAP earn the Seal by voluntarily participating in the Council’s online Accountability Wizard, which addresses a nonprofit organization’s performance in four critical areas: public disclosure, governance, financial activity and fundraising. By participating in the Accountability Wizard, nonprofit organizations demonstrate responsibility, integrity and transparency to their constituents.
Tri-CAP is now listed as a reviewed organization on the online Giving Guide of the Council’s Smart Givers Network, www.smartgivers.org and the Council’s Smart Giver newsletter distributed to households, businesses and nonprofits. The listings help a nonprofit organization demonstrate to the public its commitment to accountable and ethical practices and that it’s a trustworthy organization. The Council’s Smart Givers Network is the source of unbiased information where smart givers come for help and resources on informed giving. The giving public can investigate an organization’s mission statement and programs, so they can be sure of what their money supports and be sure the organization meets widely accepted standards.
Tri-CAP is the Community Action Agency, designated in 1965, which serves primarily Stearns, Benton and Sherburne counties providing programs to expand the opportunities for the economic and social well-being of our residents and the development of our communities.
More information about Tri-CAP is located on its website www.tricap.org or by calling 320-251-1612.