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Convoy of Hope and NBCF serve more than 70,000 women

Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in women, yet it is still one of the leading causes of cancer death among women. Convoy of Hope and National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) have been working together for the past 6 years to educate and empower more than 70,000 women on breast health at Community Events!

As a woman enters the NBCF area of service, she will be greeted by a pink attired, specially trained member of the Kindness Crew. There she’ll receive information about breast health education, what breast cancer is and what kinds of questions she should ask her doctor.

From there she’ll learn how to perform a breast self-exam. These exams help alert women to possible concerns that should be brought to the attention of a health professional. Identifying concerns early increases the chances of successful treatment.

Before she leaves the area, we connect her with local resources and provide information on the closest low-cost or no-cost clinics in her area. It’s important that she knows where she can get help and support and that she leaves the NBCF area of service not only feeling cared for, but empowered to be proactive about her own health.

Learn more about Breast Cancer Awareness and the work of NBCF at nationalbreastcancer.org.

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IDF fills hygiene kits for Convoy of Hope

On Thursday, February 22, associates at International Dehydrated Foods left their offices and came together to create more than 1,000 hygiene kits for Convoy of Hope.

IDF associates lined tables in a conference room and created their own assembly lines to fill bags with hygiene items like soap, toothpaste and washcloths. Their goal was to fill more than 1,000 bags in an hour, but managed to reach their goal in less than 30 minutes.

“We had so much participation,” Erin Danastasio, IDF Corporate Communication Manager said. “I mean almost everybody in the corporate office was able to come down and help out for the little bit. I’m exstatic. I’m so pleased with the outcome.”

The hygiene kits created will go to help disaster survivors in their time of crisis. Having hygiene kits like these ready before disaster strikes, means they can be given to survivors right away.

 
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Convoy of Hope to be Featured on ‘Shark Tank’

ABC’s “Shark Tank” will feature Convoy of Hope and show alum, LuminAID, in the upcoming holiday episode airing Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 8 p.m. CST on ABC. “Shark Tank” alum, LuminAID, first appeared on the show in 2015 to pitch their idea for an inflatable solar lantern to make light accessible for outdoor recreation, as well as humanitarian aid. The upcoming episode will highlight innovations centered around the holidays and giving back.  

The feature will showcase LuminAID’s recent humanitarian work in Puerto Rico with Convoy of Hope following Hurricane Maria.

“It was incredible to be able to meet families and see their faces light up when they received [LuminAID devices] and were able to charge their phones,” says Anna Stork, co-founder of LuminAID.
Convoy of Hope has also distributed LuminAID solar devices to Southeast Texas after Hurricane Harvey and to the British Virgin Islands after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“Out of all the products I’ve seen and tried, [LuminAID] meets the needs during times of disaster,” says Paul Coroleuski, Hurricane Maria response director for Convoy of Hope. “It brings light and comfort, but it also gives people the chance to stay connected by being able to charge their cellular devices.”

In addition to providing LuminAID solar aid, Convoy of Hope has served more than 2.6 million meals and over 217,000 individuals in Puerto Rico.

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JQH and Convoy of Hope Provide Hope

John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts announced that the company was recently honored with Marriott International, Inc.’s 2016 Spirit to Serve Award during the MINA and Full Service Owners Conference. The world’s largest hotel company recognized JQH’sserving in the community, which aligns with Marriott’s initiatives of: employee volunteerism, in-kind and cash donations, non-profit organizations supported, and community activities and partnerships. Springfield, Missouri-based JQH is a leading private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, including operating more than 1 million square feet of superb meeting space.

Marriott noted JQH’s efforts to make a significant impact on the lives of children and families in the United States and abroad through their national philanthropic partnership with Convoy of Hope, an international relief organization. Through JQH’s Legacy of Giving cause with Convoy of Hope, an average of 562 children per month have been fed and supported since the partnership began in August of 2015. In addition, since August of 2015, enough funding has been provided to Convoy of Hope to deliver more than $1,000,000 worth of goods and services, including groceries, health screenings, hot meals and career service training, to children and families in need through COH community events.

Marriott also commended JQH for the company’s successful participation in Project SEARCH, a nine-month school-to-work program for students with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities. Participating JQH hotels assisted more than 100 high school students in the Project SEARCH program with acquiring competitive, marketable and transferrable skills to enable them to apply for their desired field of employment.

“Mr. Hammons set community service as an operating pillar of JQH more than 50 years ago, and the spirit of giving continues to thrive at the company,” said Joe Morrissey, JQH’s senior vice president of operations. “We feel honored to be recognized as Marriott International’s Spirit to Serve Award recipient and look forward to continuing to support our local and global communities in diverse ways.”

Marriott International recognized JQH with the Spirit to Preserve Award in 2015 and 2013 for continuing to show support and focus on sustainability practices.

Via: Business Wire

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month With Convoy of Hope

Have you ever wondered what happens inside the National Breast Cancer Foundation tent at a Convoy of Hope event? It’s a fair question since what we give out is harder to quantify than the groceries, shoes or haircuts that some of the other partnering organizations provide. What are we giving out you ask? With the help of our volunteers, we are providing vital breast health educational resources, but ultimately we are providing empowerment. We want every woman who comes through our tent to leave knowing how to be more proactive about her breast health.

One of the gifts we distribute in the tent is a booklet that helps recipients learn how to become more aware of their own breast health. It also includes questions women should ask of themselves and their doctors in order to take a more active role in assessing their personal risk factors. We don’t just pass this booklet out and send guests away, however. Trained volunteers review it with each guest, emphasizing its importance, and connecting them with local resources if they need access to screenings.

The information in this booklet is so valuable that we believe everyone should have access to it. That’s why this October, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NBCF is offering our new eBook, What Every Woman Needs to Know, as a free download to anyone who requests it. This book is filled with much of the same great information we provide to Convoy guests in a printed format. Request your free copy today!

We’d be remiss if we didn’t take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who make our Convoy tent experience such a warm, welcoming and enriching experience for the guests we serve. Thank you for joining in our mission of Helping Women Now®! We couldn’t do it without you!

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