Hope starts here.

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, hot meals, job placement assistance and much more at our signature events.

Why Communities?

Communities are the heart of counties, states and nations. When families thrive; communities thrive.  Convoy of Hope is committed to working with local volunteers, businesses, agencies, churches and organizations who believe in building strong communities.

In the United States, there are many communities where working-poor families struggle to put food on their tables. It’s in such situations that a free bag of groceries, the chance to visit with an employer about a job opportunity, a free life-saving health screening, or even a family portrait can serve as life-changing experiences that transform families and strengthen communities.

Our Impact

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    985

    Community events since 1994.
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    345,008

    Volunteers at community events since 1994.
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    121,561

    Guests of Honor served in 2013.
  • 25,520

    Churches and local organizations involved since 1994.
  • 580

    Tractor-trailers of food and product have been distributed at our community outreaches since 1994.

Our Approach

  • Community Partnerships

    Convoy of Hope’s community enrichment team works in advance with community leaders and stakeholders forming partnerships that build the foundation for our outreach events. Partnership with local governments, organizations, churches and business are crucial to the success of an outreach event.

  • Volunteers

    Volunteers are an important part of all community outreach events. Convoy of Hope engages with community members in building a volunteer base, establishing a customized plan for the community, and carrying out the event. At many community outreaches, thousands of volunteers participate to bring guests of honor a poverty-free day.

  • Guests of Honor

    Guest of Honor at community outreaches events come by the thousands to experience a poverty-free day filled with free food, services and hope. The heart and soul of every one of our outreach events is compassion. Many of our guests of honor are working families living in, or on the fringes, of poverty. The outreach event gives them a hand up during difficult times.

Experts in the field

Ron Showers

Senior Director of Community Enrichment

Ron Showers joined our team to travel the country and lead local community outreaches with a vision to inspire local churches and organizations to continue to serve their community long after the Convoy of Hope tractor-trailer rolled out. He now leads our Community Enrichment efforts and continues to inspire local leaders to take the reigns and reach out to families facing hard economic times.

Program Spotlight

Elevate

Dream - Build - Elevate

Elevate is an initiative by Convoy of Hope that empowers the local church to lift at-risk communities out of poverty. Convoy of Hope helps you to identify at-risk communities and local church partners. As partnerships grow, Convoy of Hope will work with key leaders in training with a goal of hosting community celebrations, establishing mentor relationships and providing long-term collaboration.

Elevate

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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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Shannon volunteered in the National Breast Cancer Foundation tent at our recent community event in Sioux City, IA. Shannon volunteered in the National Breast Cancer Foundation tent at our recent community event in Sioux City, IA.

Hello, my name is Shannon

Next month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Shannon—a volunteer at our recent Sioux City, Iowa community event—has gotten us off to a head start. After volunteering in the National Breast Cancer Foundation tent all day, she left us this note.

“Hello, my name is Shannon, I’m 19 years old and I attend nursing school in Iowa. Today while volunteering I told people the importance of early screening for breast cancer. The reason I came today was [because] I was want to make a difference in peoples lives, and telling them about preventative measures for breast cancer could potentially save their life.

I know from experience the importance of catching breast cancer at an early stage. My Aunt and Grandma both are breast cancer survivors. Just telling someone to get their yearly mammograms is important.

I would like to volunteer to inform people about breast cancer and how life-threatening it can be. Also, I want to fundraise at my college to help the National Breast Cancer Foundation through Convoy of Hope. Reaching out to others about breast cancer awareness is my ultimate goal … and to spread the word about Convoy of Hope.”

Wow! Shannon gets it, doesn’t she? We’re grateful for incredible volunteers like Shannon, who come ready to serve, then leave changed and ready to serve more!

Have you been to one of our community events? What was your experience?

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