Tag: Kindness Changes Everything

Convoy of Hope trucks carrying relief supplies crisscross the country. Convoy of Hope trucks carrying relief supplies crisscross the country.

Convoy of Hope Receives ‘Four Star Charity’ Rating for 17th Consecutive Year

Convoy of Hope is happy to announce that, for the 17th straight year, we have received Charity Navigator’s ‘Four Star Charity’ rating!

Financial accountability and transparency are vital when considering which charitable organizations to support. To that end, Convoy of Hope works tirelessly to ensure we meet and exceed the best practices of our industry. That’s why every year since 2002, we’ve done what was necessary to obtain Charity Navigator’s highest possible rating.

Currently, nearly 90% of every dollar raised by Convoy of Hope goes directly to programming. The remaining covers our administrative and fundraising costs. Convoy of Hope’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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Giving Tuesday Now

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow — a global day of giving and unity addressing the needs caused by COVID-19. All around the world, people are using today as an opportunity to leverage the power of generosity to remain connected, heal, and help others.

As Convoy of Hope continues to supply millions of meals to those hit hardest by the pandemic, you can join us by supporting our Beyond 10 Million Meals initiative. We’ve made it easy with these digital assets you can download for free. You can also start a Facebook fundraiser, give online, or just be extra kind to others.

However you decide to go “beyond” today, know it will make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

Be sure to spread the word and share with us on social media! You can follow Convoy of Hope on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – @ConvoyofHope!

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Online Retailer Gives Back During Crisis

Leticia Cline anticipated that things were going to get busy for her and her staff.

She owns Genuine Replacement Parts, which offers the largest selection of appliance parts available on the internet. As soon as stay-at-home orders went into effect at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Leticia thought more people might turn to the internet for their replacement part needs. She was right, and their business saw growth.

Leticia and her team knew they had to do something more during these difficult times. Giving back was nothing new — it was something that she, husband Jack, and office manager Cody Bowling have built into the company’s DNA.

“We believe the heart of what we do is taking care of those around us” says Cody. “Starting with our own staff and reaching out to our community, we need to make a difference for the hurting and those in need.”

There are several criteria that Leticia and the team look for when considering charitable partners, They want the dollars they donate to stretch as far as possible and help as many people as possible. Specific things — like overhead costs, a good charity rating, and a trusted reputation — matter a lot to them.

Having previous worked with Convoy of Hope through her church, Leticia did some more research into our COVID-19 response. She knew she’d found the partner her company was looking for.

“There are so many people hurting right now in our own community and in our own country,” she said. “You guys have hit the ground running, delivering food, delivering hope, delivering what people need.”

She quickly made a donation to the 10 Million Meals initiative, which has delivered more than 10 million meals to vulnerable communities suffering from the economic fallout caused by the virus. As a business owner, she hopes other companies that are doing well amidst the crisis would act to help others, too.

“We have a responsibility to take care of each other. Not everybody is as blessed and fortunate as we are, and we should reach out and take care of them during these tough times. I would challenge them to do so.”

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Even in Disaster, People Help Others

There’s a story often told in popular movies, television, books, and video games — when disaster strikes, society crumbles and people turn against each other. It’s a fear that many people can have now during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Fortunately, that is a myth.

A research group within the United States Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has  found that “disaster victims are assisted first by others in the immediate vicinity and surrounding area and only later by official public safety personnel […] The spontaneous provision of assistance is facilitated by the fact that when crises occur, they take place in the context of ongoing community life and daily routines — that is, they affect not isolated individuals, but rather people who are embedded in networks of social relationships.” 

In other words, society does not collapse during and after a disaster. Instead, people spontaneously come together to face the difficulties before them and recover as a community.

When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, there was a delay in getting relief supplies to the affected area as response organizations had to find creative ways to even get to the island. During that time, Puerto Ricans could have lost hope and abandoned one another — but that didn’t happen. “The circumstances have obligated people to work together,” said Sarah, a second-grade teacher in Puerto Rico. “Everybody has to depend on each other.”

Convoy of Hope sees compassion overcome fear day after day, disaster after disaster. Whether it’s following a disaster or facing poverty, we join with people all over the world to strengthen communities and share kindness in the good times and the bad.

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How to help and stay calm during the COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the world, fear and anxiety are on the rise. With so much unknown, it can feel like everything is out of control and there’s nothing we can do. However, here are some things you can do that can help both alleviate your fears and bring some hope to the rest of the world. 

LOOK FOR THE HELPERS

Mr. Rogers once said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” The COVID-19 pandemic is no different. Convoy of Hope has committed to provide at least 50 truckloads of emergency food and water — approximately 2 million pounds of relief supplies — to people most affected by the coronavirus. This work is being done through local partners helping offset school lunch needs caused by prolonged cancellations within their school districts. Do some research into organizations who are out there working to alleviate the effects of the pandemic.

VOLUNTEER

If you are sick, just not feeling well, or in the high-risk category for COVID-19, please stay home! However, if you are healthy and considered low-risk, there are likely many food banks and groups in your area that could greatly use your help providing supplies and assistance to those in your community. Contact your local chamber of commerce to learn if it is safe to help and how you can do so. 

SUPPORT LOCAL, SMALL BUSINESSES

This is a difficult time economically for everyone, but it’s especially difficult for small businesses. Do some research into local small shops that sell things like soap and cleaning supplies. Find local restaurants that may be offering delivery, drive-through, or curbside services. Stay social, even from a distance. Buy gift cards to stores you like — this gives them a boost now and you have a reason to treat yourself later when it’s once again safe to go out and shop. 

STAY INFORMED, NOT OVERWHELMED

There is A LOT of information and conversation out there about COVID-19. Unfortunately, not all of it is true or helpful. Make sure your information is coming from a trusted source. Convoy of Hope is providing a safe place for information at convoyofhope.org/coronavirus

Also make sure that you’re not overwhelming yourself with information. You could read updates on the pandemic for days if you wanted to, but that is not mentally or emotionally healthy. So stay informed, but make sure you are not spending all your time focusing on it. 

Remember to take a deep breath and hold tightly to hope in this time of heightened fears. You may have to stay home right now, but your kindness does not!

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