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Treating others as a Guest of Honor

Convoy of Hope began hosting Community Events 25 years ago. Since then, we’ve helped thousands of Guests of Honor — from New York to Hawaii, Washington to Florida, and everywhere in between — in more than 1,200 cities in the United States. 

Guests of Honor are our neighbors, co-workers, the people we see at church each Sunday, the grocery check-out clerk, or the person asking for help on the corner. They are the families who need a hand-up during difficult times, individuals living on the fringes of poverty, and those who are barely making it paycheck to paycheck. They are people we all know and love and want to help. 

They are people like Carly. It had already been a long day for Carly before she attended the Wichita Convoy of Hope Community Event with her family. She’d worked eight hours at one job; after the event, she would be going to her second job. 

Carly and her family have attended the Community Event for four years in a row. She and her kids go to every area: haircuts, shoes, Kids Zone to receiving backpacks, and groceries at the end. The haircuts are particularly of value. The only time Carly’s daughters receive haircuts are when they attend Community Events.

When asked why she keeps returning, she says, “Convoy is one of the most understanding and respectful organizations. They treat you like a person. Like you’re just another person that deserves something. They don’t look down on you. They don’t treat you different. They don’t talk to you like you’re a 5-year old kid. You don’t get that. People in our situations don’t get that.” 

Her entire family feels connected to the event. In fact, her oldest daughter decided to be a volunteer this year. “We’re hoping by next year, we won’t need the services, and then we can all come back and volunteer,” Carly says. “They’ve helped us, so we try to give back if we can.”  

Carly and her family are striving to be like the Camposes — Guests of Honor who went to their first event several years ago when they were having a tough time. The flyer they received highlighted free services that they needed.

“When I came to the Convoy of Hope event, and every five or six meters is one person, smiling and saying, ‘Welcome. You’ve been welcome. God bless you.’ Wow. This is what I needed,” said Roberto Campos. “I believe the people received me and this changed my life.” 

Since then, the entire Campos family has volunteered at their local Community Event for five consecutive years. Coming full circle from receiving to giving back — showing other Guests of Honor in their community the same level of dignity and respect they were shown. 

Since 1994, Convoy of Hope Community Events have served more than 2 million Guests of Honor around the United States — people like Carly and the Camposes — who simply need hope in a time of need. To learn more about Community Events, visit convoyofhope.org/events

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Convoy of Hope receives 16th consecutive “Four Star Charity” rating from Charity Navigator

Convoy of Hope is happy to announce we have received Charity Navigator’s top Four Star Charity rating for the 16th year in a row!

We understand that financial accountability and transparency are very important when you are deciding what charitable organizations you want to support. To that end, we work tirelessly to ensure we meet and exceed the best practices of our industry. That is why every year since 2002, Convoy has received the highest possible rating from industry watchdog, Charity Navigator.

Currently, nearly 90 percent of every dollar raised by Convoy of Hope goes directly to programming. The remaining covers our administrative and fundraising costs. Convoy’s commitment to keeping our overhead low demonstrates our determination to efficiently deliver help and hope to people in need.

Convoy of Hope’s profile on Charity Navigator can be found here.

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Convoy of Hope receives 15th consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator

 

Here at Convoy of Hope, we take financial accountability and transparency very seriously. To that we end, we work tirelessly to ensure we meet and exceed the best practices of our industry. Every year since 2002, Convoy has received the highest possible rating from industry watchdog, Charity Navigator.

Currently, 90 percent of every dollar raised by Convoy of Hope goes directly to programming. The remaining 10 percent covers our administrative and fundraising costs. Convoy’s commitment to keeping our overhead low demonstrates our determination to efficiently deliver help and hope to people in need.

Convoy of Hope’s profile on Charity Navigator can be found here.

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The Framework of Compassion: Unity

Without different colors how amazing could a sunset really be? With just one note would your favorite song sound so sweet?

It’s differences and variations coming together that lead to the wonderful things in our lives. Like the many notes in a song, or a palette of colors in the sky. We believe building bridges across our differences allows us to unite as a force for good, and create amazing things in our world.

As Mother Teresa said, “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”

This week, as part of our framework of compassion series we want you to think about the importance of unity in your life. By doing so, who knows what kind of great things you could be a part of?

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The Framework of Compassion: Integrity

Continuing our framework of compassion series, today we’re talking integrity.

When thinking about integrity, we’re reminded of the Hansons, an incredible family we met in Las Vegas at our 1000th Community Outreach. They define integrity.

While living in poverty and having four children of their own, they adopted a fifth child in need and gave her a new life.

Inspirations like the Hanson’s remind us why integrity is one of our core values.

 

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