Delivering Hope Since 1994

Convoy of Hope was founded in 1994 by the Donaldson family. Their inspiration for starting the organization can be traced back to the many people who helped their family after their father, Harold, was killed by a drunk driver in 1969. Today, more than 65 million people have been served throughout the world by Convoy of Hope. We are proud that we work through churches, businesses, government agencies and other nonprofits to provide help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting.

As a faith-based, international, humanitarian-relief organization strategically based in Springfield, Missouri — the crossroads of America — our goal is to bring help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting.

We do this by:

ENGAGING

Each year — in dozens of communities throughout the nation — guests of honor receive free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, hot meals, job-placement assistance and much more at our signature events.

CARING

We partner, resource and empower rural churches through training, mentoring and coaching so they can enhance their presence in their communities. The strategy works best when church leaders partner with community leaders and stakeholders.

NOURISHING

More than 145,000 children in 11 nations are being fed nutritious meals by us. The food opens doors for education, clean water, a sense of hope and much more. Currently, we are feeding children in the Philippines, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Guatemala, South Africa and Tanzania.

GROWING

Impoverished farmers and families are equipped with the skills, tools and seeds to produce life-sustaining crops through the agricultural work we conduct throughout the world. Each year, tens of thousands of meals are harvested for our children’s feeding work and income is generated for farmers.

RESPONDING

Consistently among the first to respond to disasters throughout the world. We are highly regarded for our scalable distribution model, Disaster Response teams, six international warehouses and Mobile Command Center.

PARTNERING

We empower like-minded organizations, who are doing good work among the poor and suffering in their communities. This is accomplished by providing such friends with food, water, supplies and much more.

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Sarah developed a heart for Haiti and the people she served. Sarah developed a heart for Haiti and the people she served.

Trees for Sarah

In April, 19-year-old Sarah Bryhan traveled to Haiti with a Convoy of Hope Compassion Team. Sarah and fellow students from Bellevue Christian Center in Nebraska served in a variety of roles during their time which included working with children, packing food at the warehouse and planting trees.

Deforestation is a major issue in Haiti, so part of the group’s goal was to work on a large scale reforestation project. Sarah was drawn to this project and quickly developed a heart for Haiti and the people she served.

Just days after she returned home from her trip, Sarah was killed in a car accident. Because of her passion for Haiti, her family and friends came together to set up a memorial fund that will allow Convoy of Hope to continue to plant more trees.

“When she got back from Haiti, she had such a bright face and big eyes when she talked about her work there,” says Serina Bullington, Sarah’s mother. “We felt a great way to honor Sarah would be to raise money to plant fruit trees for future Haitian generations.”

They have already raised more than $6,900, which will allow future teams to not only plant fruit trees during future trips, but also honor Sarah’s memory. Sarah’s parents plan to visit Haiti in 2015.

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Volunteers waiting to help unload food and supplies from a Convoy of Hope truck in partnership with MSCA. Volunteers waiting to help unload food and supplies from a Convoy of Hope truck in partnership with MSCA.

Convoy of Hope Partners with MSCA to Feed More than 120,000 in Orange County

Convoy of Hope recently delivered food and supplies to Costa Mesa, Calif., based Share Our Selves (SOS) for distribution to the hungry and homeless of Orange County.

Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA) employees and volunteers received and processed the delivery on behalf of SOS. MSCA employees and volunteers filled bags with food that will be distributed at the SOS Food Pantry, assembled hygiene kits and wrote messages of hope to those receiving assistance.

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“We are thrilled to partner with Convoy of Hope and MSCA,” says Vanessa Ontiveros, facilities manager for SOS. “Their support, hard work and generous donation of grocery items will help SOS provide food and assistance to an average of 275 individuals a day. As we prepare for the increased demand during the holiday season, we are most appreciative of this tremendous donation.”

MSCA was in the Orange County area for their 2014 Annual Conference. Convoy of Hope shipped the tractor-trailer load of supplies from its World Distribution Center in Springfield, Mo., and United Rentals donated a forklift to assist with the event.

For a video recap of the event from MSCA, please visit http://youtu.be/stkJvvQlqDs.

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Celebrating Veterans: The sacrifice

As thousands of Guests of Honor lined up to attend one of Convoy of Hope’s Signature Community Events in Frederick, Md., an older gentleman sat on the grass, leaned up against his old backpack.

His name was Christopher and he seemed to be in pain.

“My leg was broken when I was hit by a car three years ago, but it still hurts to stand for long periods of time,” Christopher told a volunteer who had stopped to check on him.

It turns out that Christopher is a homeless veteran who has sacrificed for this country, only to end up on the streets addicted to opiates and alcohol. As he was telling his story to a volunteer, he pulled out a vial of methadone and held it up.

“Can you help me find help?” he asked.

Of course, the answer was “yes.” That’s what Convoy of Hope’s Community Events are all about – helping those in time of need.

As Christopher learned about recovery programs in the area, he continued to mention that he was not feeling well, was dizzy and had not eaten in several days. The doctors and nurses in the first-aid tent promptly attended to Christopher and realized that he was going through delirium tremens (DT’s) and needed more medical attention than they could offer. An ambulance was called that would take Christopher to the hospital where he would get the help he needed.

Before leaving by ambulance, he said, “I know God has a plan for me, and I don’t think it is for me to die alone in the woods.”

On this Veterans Day as we remember those who have so bravely sacrificed for this country, keep Christopher in mind. Along with thousands of other veterans, he continues to sacrifice well beyond his years of service.

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Lisbon Joseline is enrolled in Convoy of Hope's Children's Feeding Initiative in Honduras. Lisbon Joseline is enrolled in Convoy of Hope's Children's Feeding Initiative in Honduras.

Fighting hunger

Thank you so much for all you are doing to help us feed children around the world. Undernourishment is worth fighting because it negatively affects people’s health, security and ability to think and be productive. It also steals their hope.

Here’s a sobering fact: If you add the number of children who died this week because they lack nutritious food, they would fill one of the largest stadiums in America — Michigan Stadium, which has a seating capacity for 107,501 fans — twice.

Nutritious food, the kind Convoy of Hope distributes, can derail the realities of malnourishment. We know well-nourished children perform better in school, grow into healthy adults and in turn, give their children a better start in life. That means we can change generations of families for the better. That’s worth fighting for, and I am so thankful you have chosen to partner with Convoy of Hope in this battle.

Thanks for fighting with us. Lisbon Joseline, a child in our Children’s Feeding Initiative, is one of nearly 150,000 reasons that we are fighting malnutrition.

At her school in Honduras, the eight-year-old pulls out an art tablet from her bright pink backpack and starts flipping through drawings she’s obviously proud of.

“This one is for my mother,” she says, pointing to a drawing of apple trees. “I know she’ll like this one.”

Lisbon Joseline lives with her mother and three siblings in an impoverished region of Honduras. Her mother struggles daily to put food on the table for her family.

“My father does not live with us, so it is very hard for my mother,” says Lisbon Joseline, her eyes welling up with tears. “That’s why I am so happy I can come to school to eat.”

Lisbon Joseline is fed every day at her remote school because she is enrolled in the Children’s Feeding Initiative. In fact, at a number of feeding sites in Honduras, nearly 3,000  children in 29 program centers are being fed every school day thanks to the incredible support of our children’s feeding partners.

“I like to come here to eat and spend time with my friends,” adds Lisbon Joseline. “They serve me good meals.”

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