Beckley Community Event

We serve guests of honor–in dozens of communities throughout the world–by providing them with free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, meals and much more at our signature events. Hope Starts Here.

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YMCA Soccer Complex

East Beckley Bypass & YMCA Drive, Beckley, West Virginia 25801

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Hope Starts Here in your city, your community, your neighborhood. The Convoy of Hope event is just the beginning of a long-lasting movement that has the power to transform people’s lives, inspire compassion and service, and bring people and organizations together like never before. This is a collaborative effort to bring hope to a city through free groceries, health screenings, job services, family portraits, haircuts, prayer, activities for children and more.

Free Guest Services

  • Groceries More than 35,000 pounds of free groceries
  • Community Service Dozens of local community service organizations will assist with a variety of needs
  • Lunch Free light bag lunch for everyone in attendance
  • Health Services Free medical and dental screenings with local doctors, medical professionals and dentists
  • Haircut Free haircuts for the whole family by local barbers and hairstylists
  • Entertainment Free live music and entertainment
  • Portrait Free family portraits courtesy of local photographers
  • Job & Career Services Information, tools, training and advisory services for the unemployed and underemployed
  • Prayer Guests will have the opportunity to receive prayer and support from members of the local churches
  • Kids Zone Dozens of free carnival games, inflatables and live entertainment. Free concessions and lots of prizes

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Strong participation by local businesses, churches, community agencies and groups is crucial to the success of this event. Through this collaborative effort we do together what no one could do alone.

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(l to r) Hal Donaldson, co-founder and president of Convoy of Hope and Clif Smart, president of Missouri State University sign a MOU on October 28, 2014. (l to r) Hal Donaldson, co-founder and president of Convoy of Hope and Clif Smart, president of Missouri State University sign a MOU on October 28, 2014.

MSU and Convoy of Hope launch collaboration

Missouri State University (MSU) and Convoy of Hope signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to increase and improve agriculture and water availability in Haiti and possibly other developing countries, through extension services and scientific and academic research.

The MOU is consistent with MSU’s public affairs mission; the three pillars of which are ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement. The agreement is also consistent with Convoy of Hope’s mission to provide help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting.

“We’re excited about the opportunity this agreement presents for Missouri State students and faculty to share their skills and apply their knowledge,” said Clif Smart, Missouri State president. “Our partnership with Convoy of Hope in Haiti and other countries is a meaningful way to apply our public affairs mission.”

Under the MOU, MSU and Convoy of Hope will develop, execute and implement extension services, education and research projects pertaining to agriculture and other related projects. These projects will be planned jointly, subject to availability of funding and the specific approval of the presidents of MSU and Convoy of Hope. The university will serve as lead agency, and through its faculty and staff, will contribute expertise and experience in scientific and academic research, grant writing and application, and similar related areas.

“MSU has been a valuable partner for Convoy of Hope for many years,” says Hal Donaldson, president and co-founder of Convoy of Hope. “We look forward to continuing this relationship so that more people can be served in the future.”

The areas of cooperation include agriculture-related outreach and development programs in countries where Convoy of Hope is actively engaged, including Haiti. Other countries may be subsequently agreed to including the Philippines, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, South Africa and the United States.

The agreement also involves student exchanges between MSU and Convoy of Hope projects for the purpose of education, training, community service, international development service and experience. Additional opportunities for further collaboration may be explored over time.

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Convoy of Hope's Disaster Services Team preps for a response at the World Distribution Center in Springfield, Mo. Convoy of Hope's Disaster Services Team preps for a response at the World Distribution Center in Springfield, Mo.

Prepared and ready for next disaster

One of the reasons Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services Team is regularly one of the first to respond to disasters is preparation.

“After every disaster we start preparing for the next one,” says Chris Dudley, disaster services response director. “All our equipment is checked, cleaned, repaired and organized so that we’re ready at a moment’s notice.”

In addition to being prepared, members of Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services Team monitor storms, earthquakes and other disasters 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We are constantly gathering critical information on events in the United States and around the world so that we can move quickly and efficiently in times of disaster,” adds Dudley. “We’re grateful for the supporters who have invested in Convoy of Hope so that we can bring help and hope to people in need.”

Currently our Disaster Services team is coordinating relief efforts in response to the Ebola Crisis in West Africa. Containers of food are currently en route. So far this year, the team has monitored 909 disaster events around the world.

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Hope isn’t expensive

If you’ve heard Hal Donaldson speak, you know that he has a way with finding just the right words to make you aware of something that you already wholeheartedly believe in but never had words for. A couple years back, he was talking to our team and did exactly that when he said, “hope is not expensive, but it does cost us something.” If I remember right, Hal was making a charge for Convoy of Hope staff to go beyond our employment and find ways to give people hope with our personal lives.

You’re reading the last in a series about hope. We don’t have the corner on hope, but we experience all sides of it every day and we thought we ought to dedicate some blog posts to sharing the hope that we have with you. Catch up on posts one, two, three and four.

Odds are that your profession is not centered around delivering hope to people facing hard situations. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t spend yourself on behalf of others. Think of the places where people are: at work, at grocery stores, in the United States, around the world, driving, in parenthood, at school, at restaurants, at the beach (I have a few words for you if you’re at the beach.) The places where people are, are the places that need the hope you have. Giving hope to people where you are doesn’t require a change of profession, but it will cost you something. In most cases it will cost you time, some cases money, others a smile, but in every case the return will exponentially outweigh your investment. Jesus is probably most quoted for saying; “give and it will be given to you.”

Hope makes daily work of turning down people’s doubts while turning up the corners of their mouths. 

Try it out. Start wearing your hope on your sleeve, or maybe on your forehead. ZendayaHOPEblog

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