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“I’ve got great news about help headed your way,” says NBC anchor Angie Goff as she leads into a story about our October 19th community outreach in Leesburg, Va.

If the efforts of our staff and volunteers is being reported as “great news” for people facing hard times, then we’re getting the job done!

It’s not too late to volunteer or attend, more info | leesburg.convoyofhope.org

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Community Outreach / In The News
Her wide smile was one of hundreds that came out of the children's face-painting area in the Kids Zone. Her wide smile was one of hundreds that came out of the children's face-painting area in the Kids Zone.

Contagious Hope in Sioux City

When someone asks me what Convoy of Hope does I tell them about how we feed more than 126,000 children around the world, respond to disasters and hold community outreaches. The first two are self-explanatory, the third typically requires some explaining.

Everybody on staff, especially those on our communications team, have their own unique spin on describing community outreaches. I describe the events as anywhere from 500 to 2,000 local volunteers serving anywhere from 1,000 to 20,000 of their neighbors with helpful services like haircuts, family portraits, groceries, workforce development, shoes and more. Hope is contagious, I explain, and when we leave a community there are thousands of guests of honor and volunteers who’ve become carriers.

The Convoy Sioux City recently brought together 1,014 volunteers from 85 different churches and organizations who served 5,774 guests of honor with medical services, career services, haircuts, family portraits, groceries, family fun and more.

Some of the ripples from this event began on day one. Several hundred bags of groceries were left over after all of the guests of honor had been served. So, local volunteers in coordination with our staff began making immediate connections with local food banks in Sioux City who will continue to spread hope.

“And that was the whole plan,” says Jean Logan, director of the Community Action Agency that received some of the extra groceries. “It all stayed here in Siouxland and went back into the community.”

Logan does a swell job of explaining “the whole plan” of our community outreaches … it all goes back into the community.

More stories about The Convoy Sioux City from local news agencies:

Siouxland groups keep benefiting from Convoy of Hope

“Convoy of Hope” Helps Thousands of Siouxlanders in Need

LETTER: Mayor expresses appreciation for Convoy of Hope

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Community Outreach / In The News / Program Updates

A good news day for Sapulpa, Springfield, Beckley and New Britain

On Saturday, August 17th our community outreach team was stretched far and wide across the country. With community outreaches in four different states in one day there was four times the excitement and four times the pre-planning, staff, set-up and logistics. Still, all four events came off with great success. Over the weekend my phone seemed like it was buzzing non-stop with text messages from outreach directors and notifications that Convoy of Hope had been mentioned on Twitter. Many of those mentions were by local news agencies who came out to cover the events. Below is just some of the local news coverage I came across. Safe to say, there was a lot of good news for guests of honor on Saturday.

Sapulpa, Okla., 4,936 guests, 804 volunteers, 360 haircuts, 300 family portraits …

Springfield, Mass., 5218 guests, 1520 volunteers, 305 haircuts, 380 family portraits, 500 health exams …

Beckley, W.Va., 3245 guests, 1015 volunteers, 250 haircuts, 350 family portraits …

New Britain, Conn., 4305 guests, 758 volunteers, 385 haircuts, 560 family portraits, 100 health professionals …

Weekend totals:

  • 17,704 guests of honor
  • 4,097 volunteers
  • 1,590 family portraits
  • 1,300 haircuts
  • 245 churches and community organizations
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Community Outreach / In The News / Program Updates

Hope takes teamwork: Drew Brees teams up with Convoy of Hope

More than seven years ago Hurricane Katrina left New Orleans devastated as more than 80 percent of the city went underwater. Many residents wondered where they could find hope in the midst of such adversity. Hope came from an unexpected place.

Following a season of playing all of their games on the road in 2005, the New Orleans Saints began a years-long quest which would eventually culminate in them becoming Super Bowl Champions in 2009. The victory meant more to the city than just a trophy, it was a sign that New Orleans had bounced back. Hope was renewed.

During the long march to the Super Bowl, Drew Brees, the Saints’ Super Bowl MVP quarterback and his teammates, carried the weight of the city on their shoulders and inspired countless fans. Convoy of Hope has partnered with Drew to bring help and hope to the shores of New York and New Jersey, which suffered catastrophic damage after Hurricane Sandy made landfall last fall.

To raise awareness for Hurricane Sandy relief we’re giving away four footballs that Drew autographed while he was with us filming our commercial to run on all domestic American Airlines flights in August.

Convoy of Hope is thankful to be serving with Drew and the Brees Dream Foundation as we continue our campaign to restore homes, lives and hope to our friends on the East Coast.

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In The News / Partner Spotlight
Thanks to the Convoy of Hope program, this woman now runs a catering business. She was making injera, the local bread, to sell to restaurants and hotels. Thanks to the Convoy of Hope program, this woman now runs a catering business. She was making injera, the local bread, to sell to restaurants and hotels.

Women’s Empowerment Program in 417 Magazine

The current issue of one of Missouri’s premier magazines includes a feature about our women’s empowerment program in Ethiopia. Below is a short excerpt, but the entire story and several great photos of the program can be seen at 417Magazine.com.

This simple plan of educating women, training them for a vocation and helping them get started originally had a goal of graduating 96 women. To date, the program has graduated more than 1,200. Women who were making $11 a month are now making $300. Inspired by the success, Convoy has expanded the program, taking it to Tanzania and eventually El Salvador. After the initial grant for the program ran out, Convoy decided to fund the program and make it its own department.

To Edson, these are not facts and figures that point to the greatness of Convoy; rather, it’s about the women …

See the rest.

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In The News / Program Updates / Women's Empowerment