Tag: Community Events

2016 Community Events season kicks off

2016 will be Convoy of Hope’s 22nd year of serving tens of thousands of Guests of Honor at Community Events where we provide groceries, shoes, haircuts, family portraits, health exams, career services and much more.

At 28 Community Events across the United States last year, 23,000 volunteers served more than 82,000 guests.

“We had no idea of all that we would receive here, the love that we would feel,” says Mary, an honored guest at our Beckley, West Virginia, event. “Today we found hope.”

Mary was one of several unemployed guests at the event. Many families who attend our events are considered America’s working poor — the underemployed. Such families don’t often receive social benefits because they’re not unemployed, but still don’t make enough money to provide everything their family needs.

Community Events are designed to help those who need a hand up to get by.

“[It’s] not just about giving out free stuff,” says David Moore, city alderman of Chicago, where 10,000 guests attended last year’s event. “This [event] was about giving people hope to press on another day, another month and another year.”

Steve Pulis, signature events director for Convoy of Hope, concurs.

“Many people want their neighborhoods to change for the better,” he says. “They want peace rather than violence and crime. We’re here to restore a sense of hope by helping out with a few of life’s necessities.”

Pulis says those necessities are sometimes enough to change the future for families struggling to make ends meet.

“It’s unbelievable how many guests tell us they couldn’t afford shoes for their kids,” he says. “Because of our supporters, we get to be a part of helping families make it through another week.”

Already, 17 events are scheduled for the 2016 season. For the complete schedule, visit convoyofhope.org/events.

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Veterans Day: Honoring those who have served

Later this month, Convoy of Hope will launch a Veterans Services tent at our Community Event in Las Vegas. This project is near to my heart, as my father died when I was just two years old while serving in the Vietnam War.

Convoy of Hope has recruited the assistance of local organizations and agencies to partner with us to offer support and resources to veterans at these events. We also encourage volunteers at the event to keep the momentum going in their city past the event by honoring veterans regularly.

We encourage you to look at the list below and see how you can honor those who have served and risked their lives for our freedom.

  • Say “thank you.”  It’s such a small, simple gesture but can mean a lot.
  • Place flowers or flags on the graves of veterans.
  • Volunteer at a VA Hospital or at your local veteran organizations.
  • Send a care package.
  • When you see a soldier boarding your fully booked flight, offer them your window or aisle seat.
  • If you are a manager or work in HR, hire a veteran.
  • Send a “thank you” note to someone you know has and/or is serving in the armed forces.
  • Attend a Veteran’s Day parade.
  • Ask students to create “thank you” posters and put them up around town for veterans to see.
  • Help modify homes for wounded veterans that need ramps, handrails, etc.

We are excited to offer the Veterans Services area at each event we do in the future.  We will continue to do whatever we can for veterans and their families who have done so much for us.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation: Helping Women Now

National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is Helping Women Now®, and it is a true honor to partner with Convoy of Hope to achieve that mission. Just as Convoy started from a foundation of gratitude among the Donaldson family, NBCF was founded because our CEO, Janelle Hail, was thankful for the role early detection played in her breast cancer survival and wanted other women to have access to the same resources. Today, we serve women in all 50 states.

Through Convoy of Hope events, we equip guests with our best tool — an Early Detection Plan — to be proactive about their own breast health. We know moms are so busy taking care of their kids that they don’t always take care of themselves. Never is this truer than among single moms — who represent a large share of Convoy’s guests. We try to create a safe space where a guest can put herself first, even if only for a few moments. At each event, we meet women who tell us they didn’t know where to turn for this support, which reminds us we are making a difference.

None of the things “we” achieve at these events would be possible without the generous volunteers, especially the Team Leaders, who give so tirelessly — even in cold/hot/rainy weather — to be our “boots on the ground” delivery partners. One of those volunteers, Ingrid Nash, even took her passion for promoting early detection all the way to Africa!

We are so grateful for our partnership with Convoy of Hope. It began in 2012 with eight events, serving 5,158 women, and together in 2015, we’re reaching 13,500 women at fourteen events. Giving hope is as much a blessing for those who give as it is for those who receive. Thank you for joining us in #HelpingWomenNow!

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