New Operation Cooper Street Inc
650 Mary St
Punta Gorda FL 33950

New Operation Cooper Street, Inc. is a multi-generational center located in the Trabue Woods neighborhood of Punta Gorda and serving Charlotte County. Our mission is to build relationships that support, celebrate, and strengthen the opportunities and diversity of the community through education, multiculturalism, and communication.

CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Ms Zelda Smith
Board Chair Affiliation Charlotte County Schools
General Info
Organization DBA
Cooper Street Recreation Center
Former Names
Cooper Street Recreation Center
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1993
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
New Operation Cooper Street IRS 501(c)(3)View
Impact Statement
Top Accomplishments from the past year:
Awarded renovation grant from the William and Marie Selby Foundation of $103,080.00;
Awarded a United Way Collaboration Grant for multi-generational literacy of $28,747.00;
Increased enrollment in the Academic Excellence and Support (AES) after school program to 70 students, from 50 in the prior year;
Added organic gardening, chess and tennis lessons to the recreation component of  AES;
Established a quarterly newsletter to better communicate with our local neighbors;
Participated in local events, such as the Holiday and Martin Luther King Day parades. In 2015 & 2016, NOCS took first place in the Holiday Parade!
For older students and adults, an Educational Resource Center has been established to assist with post-secondary education and career choices; 
A job fair in February 2017 was very successful, and resulted in the City of Punta Gorda and Cheney Brothers, Inc. each receiving more than 40 applications;
The Board has reached out to the local community to determine other services and priorities that they would like to see at the Center to make it a more vibrant part of the community and a rich component of community revitalization; and,
Re-establishing the Drill Team, which was an important activity at NOCS for many years. 
Goals that are the focus of 2017-18 include:
Establish a VPK program with wrap-around child-care in August 2017;
Building the middle school program to 20 or more students in fall 2017; 
Successful implementation of the UW literacy grant programs; 
Increase student population in the AES afterschool program by 20% to 90 students; 
Increasing revenue to an average of at least $10,000.00 monthly from all sources;
Diversifying the Board of Directors and increasing the number of members to at least 15 of the 18 allowed by the by-laws;
Updating the social media outlets and making them more user-friendly;
Re-starting the Better U program which was important in guiding young women successfully through adolescence; 
Facilitating a speakers program which will bring in professionals to discuss career options and employment outlooks with interested members of the community;
Needs Statement
1.MOST CRITICAL NEED is Fiscal Stability: $10,000.00 is the minimum amount needed monthly to make up the difference between our per child cost and what the parents pay. Our per child monthly expense to provide services is $150.00; parents pay $100.00 for one child, and $80 for each additional child. Some parents are homeless or unemployed, and cannot afford even that low fee. The programs that are run in the local schools charge $40-50 per WEEK. We serve the families that do not have the means to pay that amount.
2. Diversified Board of Directors. Currently we have several educators, an attorney, a Comcast employee, a marketing person, an IT specialist. We need other professionals such as accountants, doctors, and business owners/managers.
3. Year-round volunteers - a majority of our volunteers are seasonal residents and we struggle at the beginning and end of the school year.
4. New office equipment and furnishings: copier ($1500.), telephone system ($2,000.), academic and recreational supplies including technology updates ($5,000.)
5.  Strong alumnae organization - this will help us build up our finances and also the volunteer base.
Background Statement
NOCS, aka the Cooper Street Recreation Center, is a grass roots organization that has been providing high quality after-school, academic, enrichment and recreational services in Charlotte County for 55 years. NOCS is highly regarded in the community as a safe, caring place for children.
60% of NOCS students come from single-parent homes and 10% of our students are being raised by grandparents or guardians who are not equipped to help them academically.   Many are at-risk of dropping out of school for multiple reasons.  A large number of NOCS students are academically challenged and are not achieving at grade level when they come to us. Without intervention, these students have little or no chance of catching up and are likely to drop out of school. Of regularly attending NOCS students evaluated in 2010, 57% scored below grade level on reading and math FCAT results (NOCS Summative Evaluation Report (2010-2011).  According the Charlotte County School District’s Exceptional Student Education Department, nearly 20% of the student population has been identified with special needs and are receiving services (updated 4/20/11, Charlotte County Public Schools).
Results of the school district's progress monitoring process show that the work being done at NOCS is supplementing what the children are learning in school, and the improvement is moving in the right direction. At the end of school year 2015-16, NOCS students scored 7 points above the district average in both Math and  Reading. Individual results showed a majority of the NOCS students making the expected annual growth OR MORE during the school year.
Cooper Street Recreation Center is an important component of the neighborhood revitalization which began about 4 years ago. The Board's vision includes seeing the Center being utilized by multiple outside agencies during the hours when children are not present to bring needed resources to the local community, many of whom do not have transportation to go to those agencies. This is a major incentive for the renovation of the building, which needs to be improved in order to be a more professional space for agencies to send itinerant service providers.
Competitive grants awarded in 2017 include:
Selby Foundation: $103,080.00 for renovation
United Way of Charlotte County Collaborative Grant: $28,700 for lifelong literacy 
Charlotte Community Foundation: $4,800 for laptop computers for student use 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments
Serving Zipcodes 33950, 33952, 33980, 33983, 33982 
Punta Gorda is a diverse community in Charlotte County with large discrepancies in economic conditions between neighborhoods. NOCS is located in East Punta Gorda, one of Charlotte County’s poorest neighborhoods.  An ethnically-diverse community comprised of low and working class individuals from many cultures.  It is also the home of a great deal of need.  The unemployment crisis hit Charlotte County hard, and the community has not yet fully recovered from the recession.    Charlotte County’s median household income is 10% below the rest of the State of Florida, with 12% of its population living in poverty AND 32% earning less than needed for the cost of living here (A.L.I.C.E Report,2016). The minority population of Punta Gorda is most concentrated in Census Tract 103 (E. Punta Gorda) where NOCS is located.  87% of NOCS students represent minorities and 72% are African-American (NOCS Summative Evaluation Report (2010-2011).
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
 This is the beginning of my 5th year on the BoD at NOCS. During the 1990s I worked at the middle and high schools a few blocks away, and developed relationships with many of the area residents. In those years, I also saw the sense of community that existed at the Rec, and the great programs which created that community experience. For 10 years beginning around 2000, the Rec received a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. Over time, the only program that survived was the after school program, funded by this federal grant. The Board had stopped fundraising, relying on the grant monies. When I joined the BoD, we were almost bankrupt. Yet, the need for quality after school programming for the children is stronger than ever, as is the need to make the Rec the center of community life in a neighborhood that is experiencing a renaissance. My passion is to see the Rec re-established as the center of a vibrant community.
Successes include:
  • Receipt of 2 competitive awards in 2017: $103,080.00 from the Selby Foundation, and $28,747 from the United Way for a literacy collaboration;
  • Re-establishing a former program, the Drill Team;
  • Bringing new programs for the children: tennis, chess, and gardening; 
  • Building participation in the after school program; 
  • Establishing rapport with community leaders and working together to bring programs that they want;
  • Holding a successful job fair, resulting in new jobs for people in the neighborhood;
  • Continuing to build financial stability through fundraising, allocations and grants; 
  • Facilitating a voter registration drive prior to the national election;
  • Establishing partnerships with Florida Southwestern State College, Punta Gorda Police Dept., and, Drug Free Punta Gorda; 
  • Raising sufficient funds to continue current programs and fund new ones, as well as being able to afford a full time Executive Director; we are adding the solicitation of sponsors for monthly or quarterly donations, in addition to fees paid, grants, governmental allocations, and fundraising activities;
  • The organizations that use the facility are primarily non-profits (NAACP, Task Force of Charlotte County, neighborhood churches) and they don't have funds to rent the facility;
  • Diversifying the Board of Directors: within the first year that I was on the BoD, the membership turned over significantly. We rebuilt it quickly with people that we knew, which were primarily educators. We have not reached full capacity (18), but are working on doing that this year, while diversifying the board membership to include members in categories that we do not have represented, such as accounting, doctors, and business management.  
  • Continuing to build the participation in the after school program. Unfortunately, many people have the incorrect perception that this area is unsafe, which the police department data will prove is wrong. 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Cooper Street Recreation Center is more than an after school program for the community. It is an institution of the community. During the Rec’s more than 50 years of serving as the center of the community, it has become entwined with the five neighborhood churches, NAACP, Blanchard House Museum of African American History, Punta Gorda Police Force and other neighborhood organizations. It is the focal point of activities such as the monthly community meetings, senior citizen meals, Job Fairs, funeral receptions, children’s activities, police chief’s meetings and other community activities too numerous to mention. Cooper Street Recreation Center is invaluable to the area.

The Academic Excellence and Support Program aligns the after school tutoring and support with the work that the children are doing at school, focusing on the Florida Standards for their grade level, and using the computer programs that the students use during the school day.   
Budget $137,000
Category Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success
Short-term, NOCS students will successfully meet Florida State standards in core subjects.

Our computer-based tutorial, which is aligned with Florida State Standardized requirements track students' progress and allow each student to work at his/her own pace.  Dedicated volunteer work along side students and intervene when needed.  When a student has successfully completed a targeted skill, he/she is then allowed to move on to another level.   
Long Term Success
Long-term we see students who will graduate and pursue post-secondary education or a trade.
Program Success Monitoring
NOCS monitors student success by using report cards, computer-based tracking, and self assessment.
Program Success Examples
It is estimated that 80% of students who are in NOCS program in elementary school have better study habits, are motivated, and do better in school.

Students who are in the program and graduate from high school go on to college, many are recepient of scholarships. 
Description The Education Resource Center provides secondary students and adults in the community with the information to make informed decisions about post-secondary educational opportunities, technical or vocational options, scholarships, and career opportunities that are available to them. Plans include opportunities to bring in speakers or provide lab opportunities for additional research which will help all in the community "build a successful future".
Budget $5,000
Category Education, General/Other Guidance & Counseling
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults At-Risk Populations Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success By the end of 2017, at least 15 local residents will have used the Educational Resource Center to research education and career opportunities available to them, and 65% of the participants will have acted on the research in some manner to forward their individual goals.
Long Term Success Participants in the program will establish education and/or employment goals as a result, with an increase in high school and post-secondary graduation rates among local residents, and an increase in employment rates among community members.
Program Success Monitoring Monitoring will include program logs, self-reported information from participants, reports from local high schools and colleges, and census data on education and employment in the local community.
Program Success Examples As this is a new program, success examples are not yet available.
Program Comments by Organization
As technology becomes more advanced, our youth are faced with challenges of "keeping up with the times".  Education is a major factor in the success of our youth and with the community's help we can continue to support our school aged children with the academics and structure they need to carry them through their lives. New programs in 2016-17 add the post-secondary education and career focus to the educational support of the K-12 students, and expand to adults in the community as well.
Collaboration grants anticipated for 2017-18 include adding pre-school literacy events and GED programs at the Rec.
Current and anticipated work is bringing new job opportunities to the neighborhood. The City of Punta Gorda and Cheney Brothers had great success with the 2/11/17 job fair, and plan to hold another event in Fall, 2017. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Mr Elgin Hicks Oct 2014 - Feb 2016
Mr. Dale Lybarger Aug 2016 - May 2017
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 5
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 48
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
NOCS has collaborative relationships with City of Punta Gorda, United Way of Charlotte County. Florida Southwestern State College, Charlotte County Government, PGI Civic Association, Charlotte County Public School District, Charlotte County Imagination Library, Charlotte Local Education Foundation, Blanchard House Museum of African American History, Bernice A. Russell Community Development Corp., Julie Heitman Tennis, Wrigley's Tennis, the Visual Arts Center, Dial-a-Ride, Punta Gorda Police Dept., Harbor Nissan, Leadership Charlotte Class of 2016, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Bay Front Medical Center, Harry Chapin Food Bank, Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, Make It Count Sports, Inc., State Attorney's Office, Deep Creek Community Church, Punta Gorda Kiwanis, Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary's Primitive Baptist Church, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Drug Free Punta Gorda, Senior Friendship Center, and feeder schools.
United Way Member Agency2017
Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce2017
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce2017
External Assessments and Accreditations
Florida Department of Children and Families2016
Awards & Recognition
Holiday Parade President's AwardCharlotte County Chamber of Commerce2015
Holiday Parade President's AwardCharlotte County Chamber of Commerce2016
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2017
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization New Operation Cooper Street, Inc., AKA Cooper Street Recreation Center, is playing a leading role in the revitalization of the east Punta Gorda neighborhood, which includes the Trabue Woods Historic area. Through communication with local residents, churches and businesses, we are seeking to attract organizations that will provide needed services at the Center. We are building new opportunities for our neighbors, in career and educational opportunities. And while we continue to serve many families through the Academic Excellence and Support after school program, we are now beginning to serve the needs of adults in the community as well. Thank you for any support you are able to provide! Stop by and visit us!
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
The Board of Directors updated the Strategic Plan and Policy and Procedures in the fall of 2016. The Board accepted a Communications Plan and a Funding Plan in the spring of 2017. Continuity of Operations, and Management Succession plans will be discussed and drafted by the Board during the second half of 2017. 
Multi-Media Comments by Organization The multi-media presence by NOCS is an evolving entity. Our website is in the process of being fully revised and opened on a new platform. It will go live later in 2017. The use of Facebook to provide information about the activities at The Rec has increased greatly since 2015, due to the efforts of board members who have taken on that marketing role. The addition of Jenna Antico as the CEO will speed up the transition to a more vibrant multi-media presence, due to her degree in Marketing and experience with the platforms.
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Document Retention
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms Zelda Smith
Company Affiliation Charlotte County Schools
Board Term Sept 2017 to Sept 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Dr. Martha Bireda Bernice A. Russell Community Development Corp.
Mr Craig Brandon CCSO
Mr. Jaha Cummings Punta Gorda City Council
Dr. Paul Curtis CCPS - Asst.Principal, Port Charlotte High School
Ms. Morissa Deacon Student
Mrs Jennie Hoke CCPS - Principle of Sallie Jones Elementary
Ms. Robin Johnson Cheney Brothers, Inc.
Mrs Cleo Presley Charlotte County Public Schools
Mr Reggie Reed JrSallie Jones School
Mrs. Jacqueline Goshay Reed Charlotte County Schools
Mrs. Deana Sisk Esq.Arend and Sisk , Attorneys
Ms Zelda Smith CCPS
Dr Christine Zimmer Retired from CCPS
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 9
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Governance Comments by Organization


New Operation Cooper Street, Inc. is a multi-generational center located in the Trabue Woods area of Punta Gorda and serving Charlotte County. Our mission is to build relationships that support, celebrate and strengthen the opportunities and diversity of the community through education, multiculturalism and communication.

NOCS: Building Successful Futures Together!

Strong support from the community continues to enable ongoing, low cost programs at NOCS. Cash and in-kind donations from the United Way, City of Punta Gorda, Charlotte County Board of Commissioners, Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, Harry Chapin Food Bank, Bayfront Health Center, our wonderful volunteers, and numerous others enable NOCS to offer the Academic Excellence and Support program during the school year. Parents pay monthly tuition of $70 for 1 child, $100 for 2 children and $130 for 3 or more. Scholarships are provided based on need and availability. Enrollment in the Academic Excellence and Support program has increased during the current year to about 80 students.

During 2017-18 the Board and staff plan to work with stakeholders to develop a sliding fee schedule to more fairly charge parents for their children's participation in the AES program, 

Community members come to use computers and/or park facilities when children’s programs are not in session. The building may be rented for other programs, and is often used by private or community groups.

The NAACP has leased an office in the Rec for their use. 

Fees, fund raising efforts and donations are used to pay staff, building expenses and provide scholarships for the most needy students.  

In June 2017 the Board contracted with Ms. Jenna Antico as Executive Director. She is an experienced marketing executive and licensed by DCF as a program director. The Board anticipates that under her leadership current programs will grow and new programs will emerge. A Voluntary Pre Kindergarten program is planned to open in August 2017.

The NOCS Board of Directors is collaborating on developing new partnerships and programs based on the needs of the community and aligned with our mission. A community newsletter has been created and mailed, meetings to set priorities with local community members have begun, and more are scheduled. We welcome ideas and volunteers to work with us. Please contact us at Cooper Street Recreation Center at 941-639-3034.

Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Oct
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2016
Tax Year End Month Sept
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $135,000.00
Projected Expenses $132,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose We have JUST (Feb. 2017) begun a campaign to raise funds to replace the historic mural and logo on the Cooper St. Rec. Planning is in process. We are in partnership with the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society for this project.
Campaign Goal $19,000.00
Campaign Dates 2017 to Sept 2018
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$140,660$266,463
Individual Contributions$200,145$56,437$52,659
Investment Income, Net of Losses$5$4$118
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$33,291$30,742$16,814
Revenue In-Kind$134,912$130,952$237,959
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$235,946$244,717$342,736
Administration Expense$17,844$20,015$19,338
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.910.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%92%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$39,926$35,017$59,814
Current Assets$9,775$494$20,284
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$361$74$250
Total Net Assets$39,565$34,943$59,564
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $200,145Government Grants - Unspecified $140,660Government Grants - Unspecified $266,463
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $33,291Contributions, gifts, grants $56,437Contributions, gifts, grants $52,659
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $24,671Fundraising $30,742Fundraising $16,814
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities27.086.6881.14
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Finances have been a continuous struggle since the end of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, which had provided for free after school care for the children for 10 years, ending in 2011. 
Although the organization enjoys tremendous in-kind support from multiple entities, local cash resources have declined by almost 50% in the past 4 years. While fundraising efforts have helped to make up the difference in covering operational costs, funding for scholarships for needy families was not available during school year 2015-16 or 2016-17. This is a significant concern, as poverty has greatly increased in Charlotte County in the past 8 years, and many families cannot afford even the very low rates at Cooper Community Center. 
The Board has hired Dale Lybarger as our part-time Development /Executive Director, beginning on 8/1/16. It is anticipated that his efforts will help turn the tide towards financial stability. We have also cut a part-time staff position in Feb. 2017 to reduce costs. The work is being absorbed by other staff members.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile.  The value of in-kind contributions is included in revenue in the compilations.
Nonprofit New Operation Cooper Street Inc
Address 650 Mary St
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Phone 941 639-3034