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Baltimore Finds a Way to Serve During COVID-19

Last year drastically changed how Convoy of Hope held Community Events. Even now — more than a year after the start of the pandemic — gone are the giant tents and meandering crowds of people that once defined these days of hope.

But hope is still being spread, regardless of the circumstances!

Convoy of Hope held a drive-thru Community Event in Baltimore at the end of March. Masked and socially distanced, close to 500 volunteers from five different churches and organizational partners served nearly 1,400 families in one day. In partnership with local businesses and organizations, we provided the basic resources that so many people still need.

Thank you for your diligent partnership as we continue to serve our struggling neighbors and the communities where they live. You are making a difference.

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NASCAR and Joey Logano Foundations Partner at Phoenix Raceway

“Helping them is like helping family, and that’s what NASCAR is all about.”

Watch how Convoy of Hope teamed up with The NASCAR Foundation and The Joey Logano Foundation to offer help and hope to fans at Phoenix Raceway.

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Convoy of Hope Delivers Hope for the Holidays

As the holiday season approaches, many families are looking forward to it eagerly. For others, however, the holidays are particularly difficult. The holiday seasons of more conventional years presented their own set of challenges, but the health and financial issues impacting many communities this year threaten to make the next few months extraordinarily challenging. Convoy of Hope’s Hope for the Holidays events were created to help combat these challenges.

Convoy of Hope’s Hope for the Holidays events were planned to bring hope and help to families in need,” explained Dianna Mulheron of Convoy of Hope’s Community Events team. “2020 has been a year of unexpected challenges: illness, loss of wages, and uncertainty of the future. For families who are struggling, the holidays can be very stressful. The goal is to relieve some of that stress by providing groceries and other goods so families can relax and enjoy one another.” 

These strategic events follow a drive-thru distribution model to help keep volunteers and Guests of Honor safe. These distribution sites are equipped with groceries, socks, and in some cases, even turkeys. The events will take place in 10 major cities across the United States and will primarily be hosted by local church campuses.

“Seeing guests being welcomed and supported without judgement or expectation is the heart behind what we do,” Dianna concluded. “Knowing that Convoy of Hope can provide resources that enables this brings us great joy during this holiday season.”

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Cleveland Volunteer Transforms Life and Community

Cliff Watson knows what it’s like to feel overwhelmed and forgotten. This is why, as the administrative pastor at Providence Baptist Church, he recently helped Convoy of Hope hold Community Events in and around Cleveland, Ohio. Cliff is doing everything he can to help those in his hometown who also resonate with feelings of rejection. 

Cliff’s early life was filled with strife and trauma. “At 12 or 13 years old, I started selling drugs and kind of got into the whole life of the drug world. I just kind of began to live that life for a while,” he says. “I dropped out of high school. My daughter was born when I was 17 years old. People were saying I wouldn’t live to be 20.”

Thankfully, Cliff admitted himself into a local program that helped him to earn his GED, deal with his legal troubles, and get a job. It also inspired him to help others who are living through the same struggles he once did.

Originally, the Convoy of Hope Community Event was designed to be a larger gathering at Luke Easter Park. Once the pandemic became a concern, the event turned into a drive-thru point of distribution (POD). After the city expressed unease about the event taking place at the park, it was redirected to the two campuses of Providence Baptist Church: one in Euclid and one in Cleveland.

An hour before the event, people were already lined up and ready to go through the POD drive-thru. Police officers helped to direct traffic and serve Guests of Honor. In total, the event provided more than 5,000 bags of groceries to those in need.

“That’s why I’m partnered with Convoy of Hope in the first place; it really fits into the bigger picture of community transformation,” Cliff explained. “Before a shovel is ever lifted, before any money and all of those things are distributed, and before a project is even talked about, we just want you to know … that we love you, there is hope, and we can show you that there is hope by bringing hope in on a truck.”

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