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Spend Your Next 24 Hours With Kindness

Our President, Hal Donaldson’s, new book Your Next 24 Hours — One Day of Kindness Can Change Everything was released today in-stores and online.

Through powerful stories of kindness lived out, this book shows the enormous difference we can make through small acts of kindness that can transform entire communities. Every encounter with another person is an opportunity to be kind.

We are celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week this week by encouraging our staff and friends to join us in a kindness revolution. Each day, we challenge our followers to complete an act of kindness and encourage their friends to do the same. If you would like to join our kindness revolution, check out the challenges below:

Monday — Let someone go first.

Tuesday — Pay it forward.

Wednesday — Compliment a stranger.

Thursday — Homeless Care Kits.

Friday — Purchase Your Next 24 Hours for a friend.

We hope this week is just the start of a kindness movement that lasts for months — and even years — to come.

Go with kindness.

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Advocacy / Inspiration / Join The Convoy

Teamwork: Time Together Makes Us Better

Nothing invigorates and engages me quite like teamwork, partnership and networking.

My greatest joy at the moment is leading and serving with the Convoy of Hope International Program team. We have nearly 100 diverse and dynamic staff members, interns, volunteers and other great partners serving with us. Seeing the impact our collective calling is having around the world is inspiring.

Perhaps because our team is separated by great distances and we are so highly deployable, we cherish every moment we have together.

The conversations are rich, the camaraderie is robust and the sense of common call is remarkable.

In light of all of this, we understand that time together makes us better.

Every time we come together, we leave feeling renewed, refreshed and recalibrated. We love to connect, we long to collaborate and we have learned to honor one another and those we serve.

I want to encourage you to discover what we have come to know for yourself in new and exciting ways.

I am confident that as you build your team culture, you will discover all of this and more. There is nothing greater than sharing life together.

Believe me — it’s worth it!

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Inspiration / Join The Convoy / Staff Spotlight

Walk for Water

Fourth graders at Rountree Elementary in Springfield, Missouri, spent six weeks studying water and the lack of access to clean water many people experience throughout the world. After hearing about the far distances people travel for water, the students decided to take action.

They designed and created their own water filters, and hosted a walk-a-thon where they invited other classes and community members to walk along with them. Through the event, they raised more than $500 to support Convoy of Hope’s clean water initiatives around the world.

“Through the walk-a-thon, our students had an opportunity to connect more with the situation faced by many without clean water and work for the money through sponsorships,” says Kelly Henkle, fourth grade teacher at Rountree “This gave the students more ownership of the money they donated.”

We are thankful for these awesome fourth graders that saw a need and wanted to do their part to help us bring hope to those who need it most!

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Inspiration / Join The Convoy

2016 Community Events season kicks off

2016 will be Convoy of Hope’s 22nd year of serving tens of thousands of Guests of Honor at Community Events where we provide groceries, shoes, haircuts, family portraits, health exams, career services and much more.

At 28 Community Events across the United States last year, 23,000 volunteers served more than 82,000 guests.

“We had no idea of all that we would receive here, the love that we would feel,” says Mary, an honored guest at our Beckley, West Virginia, event. “Today we found hope.”

Mary was one of several unemployed guests at the event. Many families who attend our events are considered America’s working poor — the underemployed. Such families don’t often receive social benefits because they’re not unemployed, but still don’t make enough money to provide everything their family needs.

Community Events are designed to help those who need a hand up to get by.

“[It’s] not just about giving out free stuff,” says David Moore, city alderman of Chicago, where 10,000 guests attended last year’s event. “This [event] was about giving people hope to press on another day, another month and another year.”

Steve Pulis, signature events director for Convoy of Hope, concurs.

“Many people want their neighborhoods to change for the better,” he says. “They want peace rather than violence and crime. We’re here to restore a sense of hope by helping out with a few of life’s necessities.”

Pulis says those necessities are sometimes enough to change the future for families struggling to make ends meet.

“It’s unbelievable how many guests tell us they couldn’t afford shoes for their kids,” he says. “Because of our supporters, we get to be a part of helping families make it through another week.”

Already, 17 events are scheduled for the 2016 season. For the complete schedule, visit convoyofhope.org/events.

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Community Outreach / Join The Convoy / Program Updates
Longtime friend and volunteer, Bob Brewer, deploys to disasters across the country with Convoy of Hope. Longtime friend and volunteer, Bob Brewer, deploys to disasters across the country with Convoy of Hope.

National Volunteer Week

During National Volunteer Week, I’m often reminded just how awesome my job is. Day in and day out, I get to work with people who selflessly give their time and their heart.

Heart is at the center of what we do here at Convoy, and volunteers are at the center of reaching those in need of food, water, shelter and hope. Our volunteers around the world enable us to bring hope to those who need it most.

I once read a quote from an unknown source that spoke to my heart: “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”

The volunteers I see every day show me that I’m living in a community I can be proud of. I see volunteers giving countless hours to sorting cans, filling shoe orders, bagging groceries, packing beans, rice or pasta, and the list goes on.

I see volunteers traveling the world to help people they don’t even know. They not only give their time, but also their money to reach destinations some would never dream of going — just to give a hand up.

That’s what volunteers do: They use their hands to give hope to those that need it. During this week of honoring those who volunteer, consider volunteering if you don’t already. Join the thousands of people around the world that make the communities we call home a better place.

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Join The Convoy / Volunteering