We are very pleased that we have been able to achieve numerous accomplishments for our community in 2016. The information highlighted in our annual review and report indicate that the work of BACI has had a direct and substantial impact on the lives of many people; particularly in Central Indiana. Allow us to highlight some of our important achievements below.
In 2016, we assisted 1381 individuals with English language training, various immigration requirements, as well as provided support in gaining employment, scholarships, and college & university admissions. This made a total of over 4000 individuals served since 2011. We were able to ensure 100 percent enrollment in postsecondary institutions for students who completed the BACI Upward College Program (UCP). Furthermore, over 50 percent of current college students who were previously enrolled in the UCP received scholarships.
More than 15 small businesses are running, including home-based childcare that both assists the community and provides a sustainable source of employment within our community. In 2016, BACI logged more than 4,000 volunteer hours that benefited the community which now exceeded 11,000 volunteer hours in the past five years. We are particularly pleased by our efficiency. In 2015, BACI’s overhead cost was only 7.48 percent of the total expenses, while 95.52 percent was spent for program and service provisions. The same level of efficiency for 2016 is projected.
These outcomes and positive impact on our shared community would not have been possible without the support and prayers of our friends like you. We hope that you will continue to stand for this cause alongside us in 2017 and for many years to come.
Happy New Year 2017!
The Burmese American Community Institute
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