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Convoy of Hope Partners with Joey Logano Foundation for Grocery Distribution

Convoy of Hope, the Joey Logano Foundation, and the Arby’s Foundation hosted a grocery distribution in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday morning to provide help and hope to the community. 

In addition to the on-site distribution, Joey Logano Foundation “pit crews” went out into the community and delivered necessities directly to those who needed them. In total, volunteers distributed more than 2,400 grocery bags to approximately 800 individuals. 

“This is our community. These are our people,” said Brittany Logano, wife of NASCAR driver Joey Logano. 

Throughout the event, Brittany worked alongside the rest of the volunteers directing traffic, greeting guests, and loading grocery bags into vehicles. The bags included nonperishable food items, hygiene kits, bottled water, socks, Hot Wheels toys for the kids, Arby’s meal cards, and other necessities.

Brittany wants the grocery bags to provide long-term hope to guests while also meeting their immediate needs. 

“Sometimes people just need a little lift-me-up — a little help,” Brittany said. 

Thank you for supporting Convoy of Hope in providing a hand up to communities around the world.

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Volunteers Pack Care Kits for Mothers in Need

Volunteers are crucial to Convoy of Hope. Some participate in Community Events, drive tractor-trailers, or clean up after disasters. Mariner’s Church in Irvine, California, recently contributed by packing 2,000 boxes of baby care kits one Sunday afternoon.

“Whether you have a lot of money or not a lot of money, or you have a lot of time or a short amount of time, it’s kind of a perfect volunteer opportunity for anybody,” Debbie Verdecia said.

Debbie is a lead volunteer at Mariner’s Christian Church and has been partnering with Convoy of Hope to host “packing parties” for three years. Her relationship with Convoy began years ago when she joined clean-up crews to serve communities struck by disasters in Houston and the Bahamas.

“To come and fill these boxes is one thing,” she said. “But when you’ve been able to see where it ends up and you’ve been able to see people in real need, that cemented it for me that this is where I want to be.”

The baby care kits that volunteers at Mariner’s Church packed will be distributed to mothers in need after a disaster.

“I think in a disaster situation, there are a lot of things that people lose,” Matt Smith, another volunteer, said. “They lose homes and material possessions, but probably the most difficult thing that they lose sometimes is a sense of hope. And what we’re able to do is come into the situation that’s probably very dark and very desperate and provide some glimmer of light, some glimmer of hope.”Thanks to volunteers like those at Mariner’s Church, thousands of people around the world will be given that hope when they need it most. To find out more about how you can volunteer to pack care kits, click here.

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Change The World From Your Phone Through Give Lively

Helping people around the world doesn’t always mean traveling internationally or joining large-scale initiatives. In fact, our partnership with Give Lively makes it possible for people like you to have a global impact with little more effort than it takes to send a text message.

By teaming up with Convoy of Hope and Give Lively, you can create peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns in moments. The campaigns don’t cost anything, so the money you raise goes to the cause you support.

All you need to do to help change the world is create an account on Give Lively to get your page up and running. Then, personalize it and share it on social media, over email, or via text. From there, your family, friends, colleagues, and anyone else who believes in the work Convoy of Hope does, can support your fundraiser as you provide hope around the world.

Visit convoyofhope.org/givelively to learn more.

Thank you for making it possible for Convoy of Hope to provide hope in every storm.

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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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How to change the world in 2021

It’s a new year and many of us need a fresh start. Whether it’s setting up ways to be more generous, finding new opportunities to volunteer, or being proactive in your kindness, here are several ways you can make 2021 the year you start changing the world for the better.

 

Smart Giving

Use these apps and platforms to make being generous even easier!

  • RoundUp – Use this app to “round up” your purchases to donate 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.
  • Amazon Smile – By selecting Convoy of Hope in your Amazon Smile profile, a portion of every purchase you make helps us serve those in need.
  • Alexa – If you use any Alexa-enabled device, simply say, “Alexa, make a donation to Convoy of Hope,” and they will help you donate any amount using your Amazon Pay account.
  • PayPal, Amazon Pay, & Apple Pay – Convoy of Hope is an option for giving on each of these platforms.
  • Recurring Donation – You can set up a recurring on Convoy of Hope’s website to donate whatever amount you choose each month to help us in our mission to feed the world.

 

Volunteering

Search around your local community for ways to volunteer your time or look for opportunities to help your favorite organization from the comfort of your own home. Here’s how you can volunteer with Convoy of Hope:

  • Build Hygiene & Baby Care Kits – Visit convoyofhope.org/kits for instructions on how to build these kits from simple items you can buy from your local store. Then, pack them up and ship them to Convoy’s headquarters, where our staff will help to distribute the kits across the world.
  • Learn about Convoy of Hope’s volunteer opportunities at events or our headquarters at convoyofhope.org/volunteer.

 

For more ways to make a positive impact on the world this year, follow us (@convoyofhope) on social media.

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