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Volunteering with Convoy of Hope

Volunteers are at the heart of everything Convoy of Hope does. From bagging groceries for Community Events around the country to removing debris after a devastating storm, Convoy of Hope volunteers walk hand in hand with us to help those in need.

We asked a few of our wonderful volunteers to share why they’re passionate about bringing help and hope to impoverished, hungry, and hurting people around the world.

Linda McCalister, a Convoy of Hope volunteer, has served as a community event lead volunteer for two years, volunteers at Hands of Hope, and serves with Convoy:Women. When asked why she would encourage someone to volunteer with Convoy, she says, “You will make some new friends, learn new things, and join an organization that opens the door to hope for thousands — if not millions — of people. It will change your life.”

COMMUNITY EVENTS

At Convoy of Hope Community Events, guests receive free groceries, health screenings, haircuts, career services, and much more. Linda recalls a story from one event of a mother and her young daughter who had walked two miles to a local Community Event so they could receive shoes.

“All she had to wear were plastic shoes that wore blisters on her feet to the point she could not even try on the [new] shoes. The volunteer found the right shoes for the little girl and bandaged her blisters. Then they connected her with someone who gave them a ride home! Something so small that meant so much.”

In 2018, Communities Events served more than 96,000 Guests of Honor at 62 community events in 48 cities. These events would not have been possible without the nearly 28,000 volunteers who partners with Convoy of Hope.

HANDS OF HOPE

On Tuesday nights, Convoy of Hope opens the doors of our World Distribution Center in Springfield, Missouri, and welcomes volunteers in for a weekly volunteer opportunity called Hands of Hope. Volunteers help sort, pack, count, and label items that are distributed throughout the world.

“It’s a great opportunity to serve and provide others in the local community and around the world with the essential items they might not have been able to get,” says Connor Louthan, a lead Hands of Hope volunteer.

In 2018, Hands of Hope partnered with more than 5,500 volunteers who invested more than 12,500 hours during the year.

FIELD TEAMS

Gerald Norz, another Convoy of Hope volunteer, has served on multiple Field Teams during the past five years. He loves working with partners in the field, saying one of his most memorable experiences volunteering with Convoy is, “seeing the children waving as we arrived at the site in Tanzania … such a great welcome and such warm smiles.”

Eighty-two Field Teams — comprised of more than 1,000 volunteers — served in 11 countries around the world in 2018. These teams serve people through projects and interaction connected to Convoy’s Children’s Feeding and Agriculture programs.

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Community Events, Field Teams, and Hands of Hope are just three of several volunteer opportunities with Convoy of Hope. Whether it’s driving a Convoy of Hope truck, answering phones, or deploying with our Disaster Services team, every volunteer makes a difference in a person’s life through the service they provide. In 2018, we had more than 57,000 volunteers serve domestically and internationally. We are so thankful for each person who serves with their heart and their time! Visit convoyofhope.org/volunteer to learn more about how you can volunteer at Convoy of Hope.

 

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Three ways you’re providing clean water through Convoy of Hope

Hope flows through clean water. Today, billions of people around the world are plagued by a lack of access to clean water systems, causing disease and even death. However, the kindness of friends like you is changing that. Students in developing countries, disaster survivors across the United States, and those in rural communities who often feel forgotten are all having their concerns washed away through wells, water filters, and bottled water provided by Convoy of Hope.

Wells 

According to UNICEF, one in four primary schools around the world have no drinking water service. Students are often forced to decide between drinking from unsafe sources or going thirsty. Convoy of Hope is giving students the answer by providing clean water.

Ngaramtoni Primary School’s nearly 1,400 students had to rely on water from a nearby private school. It helped, but it wasn’t enough to meet students’ needs.

On December 7, 2018, a drilling rig struck water at a depth of 394 feet. As water rose up, the drilling company used compressed air to clean out the borehole, and the volume of water that came out was miraculous. It came in torrents, knocking down plants and collecting in a muddy pool before draining out to a nearby stream. The school teachers and Convoy staff were overjoyed. “Now we can do so much more,” the head teacher said.

Water Filters

When hurricanes, typhoons, and similar storms strike, the biggest problem isn’t a lack of water, but too much of it. Unsanitary flood water contaminates clean water sources — leaving people without water to drink, clean, or cook with. Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team has travelled all over the world bringing water filtration systems to those who need them.

Cyclone Idai slammed into southeast Africa last week. Idai left thousands of square miles of land completely underwater, and clean water is running out fast. Convoy of Hope already has a team in Malawi and another is en route to Mozambique where they will distribute relief supplies, including more than 300 water filters, to the communities affected by this disaster.

These water filtration systems are much larger than the ones you may find in your water bottle or on your sink faucet. They can be shared amongst several families and if kept clean they can last for years to come.

Bottled Water

Here in the U.S., disasters can compromise and even wipe out local water systems, too — leaving families without clean water for days or months at a time.

Families across the Midwest are currently dealing with some of the most severe flooding they’ve seen in decades. Nebraska farms are underwater, homes in Illinois have been destroyed, and several communities no longer have access to clean water as their water system has been compromised. Convoy of Hope has already delivered more than 250,000 pounds of bottled water to communities in need.

When the Camp Fire burned through the city of Paradise, California, it not only left thousands of homes and businesses burned, but it left an entire city without access to clean water. Now, almost five months since the fire, Convoy of Hope continues to send two truck loads of water to Paradise every week. This provides one of the main water sources for the city as families work to rebuild their lives.

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Smart giving options make your year-end donation easier

 

We hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season! We at Convoy of Hope are celebrating another year of helping others. Because of people like you, we’re fulfilling our mission to feed the world with food, hope and help through our many initiatives.

As a supporter of Convoy, here are a few “smart” ways you can continue partnering with us if you’re looking for end-of-year giving opportunities.

Round Up — Use this app to “round up” your purchases, donating a few cents each time you make a transaction. It might not seem like a lot … but your donation will go a long way, and we’re thankful for every penny!

Alexa — If you use any Alexa-enabled device, simply say, “Alexa, make a donation to Convoy of Hope,” and she will help you donate any amount using your Amazon Pay account.

Double your gift — From now until December 31, take advantage of our matching challenge! Every gift (up to $100,000 total) will be matched … doubling your impact. Make your gift now!

We hope this information has been helpful. Thank you for your support in 2018. Without you, we couldn’t do what we do.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

 

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This Giving Tuesday, share one day's wage to help those in need through Convoy of Hope! This Giving Tuesday, share one day's wage to help those in need through Convoy of Hope!

Maximize your impact with year-end giving

From the United States to the Philippines — and many places in between — Convoy of Hope’s Feed the World Fund supports our program activity around the world.

When you support our Feed the World Fund, your gift makes a 5:1 impact. This means that $20 creates $100 worth of impact; $100 creates $500 worth of impact; and $200 creates $1,000 in impact!

But, it gets even better. Up to $100,000 of gifts given to our Feed the World Fund between now and December 31 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, to create twice the help for people in need. This means if you participate in our year-end match, your gift will be doubled — creating a 10:1 impact.

Gifts given to Convoy of Hope’s Feed the World Fund could help hungry kids in our Children’s Feeding program, transport groceries to a Community Event, give a farmer a chance to feed his family through our Agriculture initiative, help our Disaster Services team reach the heart of a disaster zone, lift a mother out of poverty through Women’s Empowerment or reach a small community through Rural Compassion.

We are grateful for your support every day, but especially during this season of thankfulness and generosity. Thank you for helping us make sure hope is not in short supply and that those in need are seen, helped and reminded that they are loved.

Click here to donate.

 

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This Giving Tuesday, share one day's wage to help those in need through Convoy of Hope! This Giving Tuesday, share one day's wage to help those in need through Convoy of Hope!

Join Convoy on Giving Tuesday

November 27 is Giving Tuesday! This international day of generosity is an excellent way to kick off the giving season. It’s also a great opportunity to share how even “One Day” of giving in your life can change every day for those in need!

“One Day to Feed the World” is Convoy of Hope’s campaign that asks people to give one day’s wage to help provide nutritious food, clean and safe drinking water and much more to those in need.

Work one day. Give that day’s wage. It’s that easy.

On Giving Tuesday, consider giving one day’s wage to help people in need all around the world through Convoy of Hope.

Click here to give your “One Day.”

One Day Toolkit:

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Share Graphic 1 – Your One Day of Kindness
Share Graphic 2 – I Support Convoy of Hope
Share Graphic 3 – I’m Working One Day
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