It has been said that human energy is a priceless commodity. At Chimes, we respect the importance of managing and utilizing the energy from people and other resources to its fullest effect. When you think about it, the transfer, management and conservation of energy is the essence of what Chimes does every day.
We transfer the collective energy of our 3,000 staff to the people we serve. In turn, this allows the people we serve to direct their energy towards activities that help them develop skills and fulfill their potential - from participating in activities in the community to holding down a job that affords them meaningful work and fair wages.
In addition to managing human energy to its best effect, for the past decade, Chimes has made a commitment to better manage the energy we use to power the office buildings, work centers and residential facilities out of which we operate. In the past year, we have taken our most ambitious step yet by constructing and activating a 3,000 panel, 670-kilowatt solar installation at our headquarters in Baltimore City. Energy experts, elected officials and members of the business community alike have offered praise for this groundbreaking renewable energy initiative.
We are proud to say the past year has been tremendously successful. Chimes continues to experience strong growth in an era of reduced government funding and a challenging economic climate. The people we serve, our staff, dedicated volunteers and generous supporters have played a large role in our continued success and we’ll look to them for further energy and input as we take on several new forward-thinking ventures in the very near future.
We are directing new energy into expanding the services we provide throughout the mid-Atlantic and Israel. In the past, Chimes has found that investing energy generates additional energy and growth. We invite you to invest your energy and support with us as we challenge our donors to fully fund the new Irvin and Phyllis Levin Center through an ambitious $1.65 million capital campaign. We are confident you are up to the challenge! Learn more about this project on pages 8 and 9 of this report!
While Chimes is excited about the continued growth of our agency, our top priority is to insure this growth is enacted in a fiscally responsible manner to make certain it is sustainable and to set the stage for future growth.
On behalf of everyone at Chimes, I thank you for your interest in and support of the work we do for children, adults and senior citizens with disabilities.
President & CEO