Tag: Partnership

Good vs. Great: Students supporting feedONE

feedONE Collegiate Coordinator Tom Trask and his wife, Missi, have served as the University of Missouri Chi Alpha Directors for 13 years. They have spent half of that time advocating for feedONE, by empowering their students in acts of compassion, generosity and kindness.

When the group took on feedONE as their philanthropy partner nearly six years ago, they wanted to find something that reached beyond their own campus.


“I want them to understand good versus great,” Trask says. “This is not something that is good—it’s something that is great.”

In their first year as a feedONE partner, the University of Missouri Chi Alpha chapter raised a little more than $1,400. This past November, the students raised more than $40,000 during their annual feedONE month.

The students participated in creative and competitive fundraising as a way to raise support for children in the feedONE program. One small group set up a car bash, while other students held bake sales, threw special dinners, played in dodgeball tournaments and performed music.

In March, a group of students volunteered at the Convoy of Hope World Distribution Center, bagging hygiene kits and more than 5,000 meals.

“The difference it has made in the heart of our students — when they see a need, they step up,” Trask says.


Tom and Missi continue to instill a passion for feedONE and encourage a life of compassion for students on the University of Missouri campus. They are not only changing the lives of the children in feedONE, but also the lives of students and future leaders.

As they continue to make an impact at the University of Missouri, Tom and Missi look forward to other universities and schools partnering with feedONE.

“Just to watch the compassion grow, it’s contagious,” Trask says. “It’s contagious to inspire each other to greater things.”

feedONE and Convoy of Hope are proud to partner with students and leaders, like Tom and Missi, who actively demonstrate their compassion and kindness for children across the world. Find out how to get involved on your campus today at feedone.com/campus.

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Advocacy / Children's Feeding / Inspiration / Join The Convoy / Volunteering
Thirty-five Walgreens team members attended the event in Denver to administer flu shots. (PHOTO: Rhett Noonan) Thirty-five Walgreens team members attended the event in Denver to administer flu shots. (PHOTO: Rhett Noonan)

Partner Spotlight: Walgreens Offers Health and Hope in Denver

Among the tents that line La Alma — Lincoln Park in Denver on a cloudy Saturday morning, one area stands out in particular. Four red Walgreens tents differentiate themselves from the big white-top tents surrounding them — and the dozens of white coats inside are hard to miss.

Walgreens has partnered with Convoy of Hope at our Community Events dozens of times since 2014, but this is the biggest presence they’ve had to date. Thirty-five Walgreens team members are present and ready to give out hundreds of flu shots to guests of honor.

Walgreens team members administered flu shots to guests of honor at the event.

Walgreens team members administered flu shots to guests of honor at the event. (PHOTO: Rhett Noonan)

Local store manager, Shawn Horst, understands the importance of giving back. “Our store is so close,” he says. “We’ve been able to serve all types of people from the community — young families, elderly people and even a few homeless guests.”

Walgreens is well-known for their active involvement in the community, but loyal customers seem pleasantly surprised to see them at the event.

“I always shop at Walgreens,” says Rita Schuster, a guest at the event. “I came by today because I needed a flu shot. It’s great to see that Walgreens cares about the community.”

University students and full-time staff members are available to help guests with intake forms, administer flu shots and send guests on their way with a free tote bag.

“It’s yet another way Walgreens can help out our community,” says District Manager Stephanie Horton. “To be here and see what a difference we can make feels good.”

Hundreds of guests received flu shots at the event in Denver.

Hundreds of guests received flu shots at the event in Denver. (PHOTO: Rhett Noonan)

Since 2014, thousands of flu shots have been administered at no cost to the patient. Hope takes teamwork and we are proud to partner with our friends at Walgreens to promote health and offer hope to guests of honor in need.

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Community Outreach / Partner Spotlight
Meals From the Heartland meals in Convoy of Hope's warehouse in the Philippines. Meals From the Heartland meals in Convoy of Hope's warehouse in the Philippines.

Partnerships make all the difference

There have been countless times since Convoy of Hope was founded that I was reminded of the importance of friends and partners, like you, who help us serve those who are hurting. When we held our first official outreach in California in 1994 we had the helping hands of dozens of volunteers. Just a few weeks ago, when we partnered with the U.S. State Department in El Salvador to help impoverished women, we were reminded once again of the power of collaboration and partnerships.

Late last year I traveled to the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan and witnessed the strength of partnerships between our Disaster Services team and numerous in-country churches, agencies and organizations. By working together we are stronger and able to help more people. In the Philippines that meant thousands of storm survivors were given help and hope during some of their most desperate hours.

In Ethiopia, Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment program is thriving and growing — with the support of in-country partners. Today, thanks to those partnerships, women are learning the skills to run their own businesses and provide for their families.

Our Children’s Feeding Initiative is currently in 11 nations and caring for more than 145,000 children. That is possible, in part, because of the generous support of our feeding partners here in the United States. I’ve met children around the world who are being nourished because of the key, strategic relationships we have with a myriad of partners who want to help lift children and families out of malnutrition and hunger.

Partnerships with organizations, businesses and governments are critical to Convoy of Hope’s mission. But just as important is our partnership with the many individuals, like you, who have joined us in our passion to help the impoverished and suffering. Thank you for your support!

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