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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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Convoy of Hope friends representing at Super Bowl LV

With Super Bowl LV around the corner, there’s a special team spirit in the air. Convoy of Hope is especially excited for some of our friends in the NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ punter Bradley Pinion, Kansas City Chiefs’ mascot Dan Meers, and Vance McDonald as the Steelers’ nomination for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.

Congratulations to Bradley as he plays in his first Super Bowl game! He has been an incredible supporter of Convoy of Hope by delivering hope through Pro-Series Community Events, promoting us on his cleats for “My Cause, My Cleats,” and bringing awareness to our mission.

 

 

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We are also looking forward to seeing our friend Dan Meers on the field as KC Wolf, the beloved Kansas City Chiefs mascot! Just as he does on the football field, Dan has brought joy to so many alongside Convoy of Hope. Travelling with us to Tanzania in 2019, he served communities and shared team spirit with the kids in our Children’s Feeding program.

 

When Vance McDonald was named the Steelers’ nominee for the 2020 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, we were proud to know him as our friend. This award recognizes outstanding players for “excellence on and off the field.” McDonald has been a great supporter of Convoy of Hope and has helped us spread light to the world. The winner of the award will be announced during NFL Honors on February 6 at 9 p.m. EST on CBS.

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Good Housekeeping magazine recognizes Convoy of Hope

Convoy of Hope is honored to be listed on Good Housekeeping’s “The 50 Best Charities to Give to Right Now.” Good Housekeeping recognized Convoy of Hope for our fight against the pandemic’s effects and included us in the “COVID-19 Relief” section of their list.

Placement on this list is contingent upon good standing with Charity Watch and Charity Navigator, watchdog sites that investigate charities and rate them based on aspects like financial health and transparency.

Convoy of Hope has been blessed to receive Charity Navigator’s top rating for the past 17 years, and was recently included on the Forbes list of top 100 charities.

We are humbled by the praise these publications have given us and are excited to see how this recognition will help us deliver even more hope to vulnerable communities around the world.

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Forbes Ranks Convoy of Hope in Top 100 Charities

Convoy of Hope is thrilled to announce that we have been included on Forbes’ 2020 list of “America’s Top Charities”!

With more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations registered in the United States, it’s a huge honor for us to be ranked among the top 100. In 2019, Convoy of Hope ranked 82nd on this list. Since then, we have increased our standing to 75th.

Forbes assesses nonprofit organizations based on charitable commitment and fundraising efficiency. Convoy of Hope received high marks in both categories.

This news came shortly after Good Housekeeping included Convoy of Hope in their “The 50 Best Charities to Give to Right Now” list.

The recognition we receive from publications like Forbes and Good Housekeeping is a direct result of those who actively choose to join us in our mission. Thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of those who need hope the most.

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