Bradenton, FL — Suncoast Community Capital’s Board of Directors is loaning its executive director, Tim Dutton, to the Peace Corps for the next two years. Dutton has been invited by the Kyrgyz Republic to work with the country’s growing nonprofit sector.
Board Chair Felipe Colon summarizes the board’s action, “We believe that our mission is consistent with the goals of the Peace Corps, in that we both believe in the capacity of families of low income to make decisions and take actions to improve their own well-being. Furthermore, we believe the experience that Tim gains there will serve our community well when he returns to SCC in two years.”
Dutton says, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that draws on my career and life experiences. I am sure I will learn lessons that translate to what is going on here in Florida. It does not change my passion for the mission and future of Suncoast Community Capital. I am fortunate that the board chose to afford me this sabbatical.”
Suncoast Community Capital is a nonprofit that operates in both Manatee and Sarasota Counties and works with families, neighborhoods and communities of low income to increase financial stability.
The Peace Corps has five decades of experience placing U.S. citizens in countries around the world where their skills can be put to good use. Started by President Kennedy in 1961, more than 200,000 U.S. citizens have served in more than 130 countries. Dutton will be working with the organization in Kyrgyzstan, a former Russian republic that gained its independence in 1991.
For the next two years, Suncoast Community Capital will continue its flagship programs, Bridges to Careers (a partnership with CareerEdge), Build-A-Business (a business development training program) and VITA (a voluntary income tax assistance program).
Dutton has been involved in several new collaborative initiatives, and an interim director will soon be named to continue Dutton’s work in concert with SCC’s professional staff. “SCC has a roadmap for what it plans to accomplish and we will continue in the direction that we adopted as a board,” said Colon.