State: Iowa

Shannon volunteered in the National Breast Cancer Foundation tent at our recent community event in Sioux City, IA. Shannon volunteered in the National Breast Cancer Foundation tent at our recent community event in Sioux City, IA.

Hello, my name is Shannon

Next month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Shannon—a volunteer at our recent Sioux City, Iowa community event—has gotten us off to a head start. After volunteering in the National Breast Cancer Foundation tent all day, she left us this note.

“Hello, my name is Shannon, I’m 19 years old and I attend nursing school in Iowa. Today while volunteering I told people the importance of early screening for breast cancer. The reason I came today was [because] I was want to make a difference in peoples lives, and telling them about preventative measures for breast cancer could potentially save their life.

I know from experience the importance of catching breast cancer at an early stage. My Aunt and Grandma both are breast cancer survivors. Just telling someone to get their yearly mammograms is important.

I would like to volunteer to inform people about breast cancer and how life-threatening it can be. Also, I want to fundraise at my college to help the National Breast Cancer Foundation through Convoy of Hope. Reaching out to others about breast cancer awareness is my ultimate goal … and to spread the word about Convoy of Hope.”

Wow! Shannon gets it, doesn’t she? We’re grateful for incredible volunteers like Shannon, who come ready to serve, then leave changed and ready to serve more!

Have you been to one of our community events? What was your experience?

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Her wide smile was one of hundreds that came out of the children's face-painting area in the Kids Zone. Her wide smile was one of hundreds that came out of the children's face-painting area in the Kids Zone.

Contagious Hope in Sioux City

When someone asks me what Convoy of Hope does I tell them about how we feed more than 126,000 children around the world, respond to disasters and hold community outreaches. The first two are self-explanatory, the third typically requires some explaining.

Everybody on staff, especially those on our communications team, have their own unique spin on describing community outreaches. I describe the events as anywhere from 500 to 2,000 local volunteers serving anywhere from 1,000 to 20,000 of their neighbors with helpful services like haircuts, family portraits, groceries, workforce development, shoes and more. Hope is contagious, I explain, and when we leave a community there are thousands of guests of honor and volunteers who’ve become carriers.

The Convoy Sioux City recently brought together 1,014 volunteers from 85 different churches and organizations who served 5,774 guests of honor with medical services, career services, haircuts, family portraits, groceries, family fun and more.

Some of the ripples from this event began on day one. Several hundred bags of groceries were left over after all of the guests of honor had been served. So, local volunteers in coordination with our staff began making immediate connections with local food banks in Sioux City who will continue to spread hope.

“And that was the whole plan,” says Jean Logan, director of the Community Action Agency that received some of the extra groceries. “It all stayed here in Siouxland and went back into the community.”

Logan does a swell job of explaining “the whole plan” of our community outreaches … it all goes back into the community.

More stories about The Convoy Sioux City from local news agencies:

Siouxland groups keep benefiting from Convoy of Hope

“Convoy of Hope” Helps Thousands of Siouxlanders in Need

LETTER: Mayor expresses appreciation for Convoy of Hope

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