Local nonprofit Children First/Communities In Schools (CIS) believes that all children deserve to reach their full potential. They help achieve this through their advocacy, services and education programming. Children First/CIS is recognized as a leader in understanding the challenges faced by families living at or below poverty level, and surrounds them with a community of support at school, in communities and in homes.
Knowing that a food box alone will not end child poverty, Children First/CIS also works to make sure public policies are in place to provide government-level supports that many families living in poverty need to ensure security and stability. Children First/CIS is one of the leaders in providing advocacy efforts on a local and state level.
Last year, the organization served over 2,800 children, or 6 percent of all children living in Buncombe County, with its direct service and education enrichment programming, while advocating for 100 percent of children living in Buncombe County. Please enjoy this quick video highlighting the work and accomplishments of Children First/CIS:
Jodi Ford is the outreach and engagement coordinator for Children First/ Communities In Schools of Buncombe County. To find out more, go to www.childrenfirstcisbc.org