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Hands of Hope Volunteers pack meals and kindness

Becky Stegner has been volunteering at Convoy of Hope’s weekly Hands of Hope event for over a decade.

“I think it’s great that people you don’t even know are going to benefit from the projects we did tonight,” Becky remarked while unboxing groceries for an upcoming distribution event. “They’re probably going to be super thankful for it and just think, ‘If somebody took time out of their evening in the middle of the week to help me, I should look for something to do to help somebody else down the road.’”

Although the pandemic has required that volunteer opportunities take on a new form in order to keep participants safe, chances for people to donate their time have not been in short supply. Around the world, Convoy of Hope’s partners have been pitching in to prove that with a little time and effort, you can make a big difference in the world.

“Volunteering is important for Convoy,” Convoy of Hope’s Volunteer Engagement Project Coordinator Bethany Burrows pointed out. “It provides an opportunity for people to give. It’s a great way to easily acquaint people with our initiatives and the vision and heart behind the organization. In general, I love volunteering because it can give people a way to create community and provide purpose and create change in lives with minimal financial and time commitment.”

Bethany went on to explain that volunteer opportunities have helped cultivate some of her closest friendships and shaped her career over the years.

“Our volunteers help contribute to the quality and quantity of the assistance we provide others,” Volunteer Engagement Manager, Laura Tourville added. “We would not be able to accomplish as much we do as an organization without the sacrifice and dedication of our volunteers continually showing up to provide hope to those that need it.”

From Community Events and grocery distributions, kit packing parties, and disaster response initiatives, Convoy of Hope is able to help people because of our volunteers. We are incredibly grateful for the ways our supporters have chosen to give their time throughout the past year, and how they’ve prioritized the safety of those involved.

As a new year begins, we are excited to see how people like you will choose to make a difference.

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Good Housekeeping magazine recognizes Convoy of Hope

Convoy of Hope is honored to be listed on Good Housekeeping’s “The 50 Best Charities to Give to Right Now.” Good Housekeeping recognized Convoy of Hope for our fight against the pandemic’s effects and included us in the “COVID-19 Relief” section of their list.

Placement on this list is contingent upon good standing with Charity Watch and Charity Navigator, watchdog sites that investigate charities and rate them based on aspects like financial health and transparency.

Convoy of Hope has been blessed to receive Charity Navigator’s top rating for the past 17 years, and was recently included on the Forbes list of top 100 charities.

We are humbled by the praise these publications have given us and are excited to see how this recognition will help us deliver even more hope to vulnerable communities around the world.

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A tribute to Board of Directors Treasurer and Convoy of Hope Foundation Chairman Scott Howard

The Convoy of Hope team and its partners are saddened at the passing of our Board of Directors Treasurer and Convoy of Hope Foundation Chairman Scott Howard on December 24, 2020.

“Scott will be greatly missed,” said Hal Donaldson, Convoy of Hope President. “He and Janet and their children have been staunch supporters of the work of Convoy of Hope.”

Scott was president of Commercial Roofers, Inc. in Las Vegas, a corporation originally founded by his grandfather and father.

A 1979 graduate of Oral Roberts University (ORU) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Scott was a member of ORU’s Board of Trustees where he worked closely with Hal and with Convoy of Hope’s ambassador at large, Dr. Don Argue, before joining Convoy of Hope’s Board of Directors.

Of the challenges faced when leading Commercial Roofers, Scott told ORU’s alumni magazine, “God was there every step of the way.”

Scott maintained a very hands-on connection with Convoy of Hope.

“Scott and his family traveled with Convoy of Hope internationally to see the work firsthand,” Hal said. “In addition, he participated in community outreaches in the States and toured disaster sites with our teams. He told me just weeks before he passed that he and Janet were looking forward to joining us for the dedication of the new distribution center. The project meant a lot to Scott. Many of us who were close to Scott feel a huge hole in our hearts.”

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Forbes Ranks Convoy of Hope in Top 100 Charities

Convoy of Hope is thrilled to announce that we have been included on Forbes’ 2020 list of “America’s Top Charities”!

With more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations registered in the United States, it’s a huge honor for us to be ranked among the top 100. In 2019, Convoy of Hope ranked 82nd on this list. Since then, we have increased our standing to 75th.

Forbes assesses nonprofit organizations based on charitable commitment and fundraising efficiency. Convoy of Hope received high marks in both categories.

This news came shortly after Good Housekeeping included Convoy of Hope in their “The 50 Best Charities to Give to Right Now” list.

The recognition we receive from publications like Forbes and Good Housekeeping is a direct result of those who actively choose to join us in our mission. Thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of those who need hope the most.

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Convoy of Hope friend, Vance McDonald, nominated for Walter Payton Award

The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Vance McDonald as their nominee for the 2020 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. This award recognizes outstanding players for “excellence on and off the field.” Teams select nominees based on the impact they have had on their community. Previous winners include Kurt Warner, J.J. Watt, Joe Greene, and Petyon and Eli Manning.

“It’s well-deserved and not surprising,” Convoy of Hope’s Convoy Nation Vice President Kirk Noonan said. “Vance’s nature is to look out for the poor and suffering, and do whatever he can in his power to advocate for them, to defend them, and to provide for them. That’s just who he is.”

McDonald brought Convoy of Hope to the Steelers in 2019, and again this December for an annual event the team dubbed “Huddle for the Holidays.”

“I want to take my hat off to Vance McDonald, who was the impetus to get this started and partnering with Convoy of Hope,” Steelers President Art Rooney II said of the event.

Huddle for the Holidays was part of Convoy of Hope’s Pro-Series Community Events where Guests of Honor received groceries, shoes, socks, winter wear, hygiene kits, books, and toys.

McDonald also teamed up with Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback of the team, to bring Convoy of Hope trucks to the greater Pittsburgh area four other times throughout 2020 in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

“Vance is a quality player, a quality teammate, and a quality person,” Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said. “He’s not low maintenance — he’s no maintenance. He uplifts his teammates, just like he uplifts his community.”

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