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1 Effectively Engaging Americorps Members, Community Volunteers and Church Groups in Disaster

2 Our Mission and Vision… HOPE worldwide is an international charity that changes lives by harnessing the compassion and commitment of dedicated staff and volunteers to deliver sustainable high impact, community-based services to the poor and needy Bringing hope. Changing lives. Presenters….. Antonio B. Boyd, Vice President, US Programs Frank Dowd, Gulf Coast Director of Community Affairs & Volunteer Relations Bryce Morita, Americorps Member, Violet, Louisiana

3 Key Vital Stats … Founded in 1991 Currently Operate in 68 nations on every inhabited continent Impact at least one million people annually More than 150,000 volunteers serve worldwide Grown to a $42 million organization Received highest rating of 4 stars by Charity Navigator for 6 consecutive years. (1 of only 45 organizations nationally) Every unrestricted $1 is leveraged an additional $25 of cash & donated products to serve poor & needy. 30 Centers of Hope programs have been created worldwide

4 Funding Breakdown 87% of expenditures go directly to program costs Revenues: Governmental = 55% Individual Donors = 30% Foundations/Corporations = 10% Faith-Based Congregations = 5%

5 International Highlights Africa = 146,000 children affected by AIDS are being served Cambodia = top hospital in nation for comprehensive care & medical training Afghanistan = 30 medical clinics/hospitals & 20 schools built since 2001 India = 100,000 in 22 cities provided educational, health, vocational training Russia = 5,000 orphans and seniors served annually Best Practices in 20 nations

6 Our Global Strategy … We provide, in replicable Centers of HOPE worldwide, community services for children, seniors, health, education, outreach and employment opportunities. We have more than 30 existing Centers around the world. Four Centers of Hope are engaged in Disaster Relief around the world in India, Indonesia, South America and South Carolina (Gulf Coast) in the United States. The uniformity of care, respect, service, management and self-sustainability of our Centers of HOPE worldwide inspires all our stakeholders.

7 Our Centers of Hope … Outreach to share benefits of our Centers with as many as possible … to bring hope to the community Children to give children hope … by providing healthcare, education… and adoption Education to empower disadvantaged adults and youth… through basic educational assistance... Community based services for... Meeting our Mission... With identifiable benefits in... healthcare, education and adoption for children education facilities for Village and local community Health to improve the health of under-served communities including medical education... medical care and the development of childcare professionals Seniors to help the aged with dignity… meeting their personal needs community through the use of seniors in our Centers Knowledge transfer & replicability In each location we provide up to six categories of community assistance to the poor and needy Employment to create real opportunities for the newly trained and for the disadvantaged Self-sustainability, efficiency and effectiveness

8 Learning from Disasters HOPE worldwide continues to expand our disaster response efforts, building on the experience of responding to a wide range of natural disasters Consider our work in response to the tsunami disaster in late 2004

9 Centers of HOPE worldwide in India: Tsunami affected communities The horrific tsunami of December 26, 2004 deeply affected coastal Tamil Nadu state in India, killing more than 10,000, and damaging the livelihoods of nearly half a million people.

10 Centers of HOPE worldwide in India: Tsunami affected communities HOPE foundation rushed to provide relief up and down the coast. Its existing portfolio of programs, packaged in an integrated concept of the Centers of HOPE worldwide, attracted the attention of a number of corporate and other donors, including IMGE-ERF, UNITED WAY, COMPUTER ASSOCIATES, PHILIPS, SAP LABS, SONATA SOFTWARE, BASF and W. HAMM SHOES.

11 Leveraging our experience … Volunteerism and program development in response to hurricanes and other disasters in the U.S., Central America and Asia have increased our experience and presence Listening to communities is critical A broad range of services is essential Compassion is vital

12 U.S. Gulf Coast Operations … HOPE worldwide volunteer teams provided care and services to children at FEMA shelters in Mississippi while parents/care-givers secured necessary services Baton Rouge, Louisiana is now the center of ongoing program work serving families and individuals displaced by the 2005 hurricane disasters Core services include: Housing and Rebuilding Services Case Management and Healthcare Outreach Educational programs such as mentoring and tutoring

13 Camp HOPE A Center of HOPE for the Gulf Coast Region St. Bernard Parish New Orleans Habitat for Humanity HOPE worldwide Gulf Coast Americorps NCCC

14 Challenges we face in the Gulf Coast … Lost jobs Lost homes Lost infrastructure Lost communities Lost self-esteem and hope Substantial funds committed, requiring effective utilization

15 New Reality of Temporary Housing Living in a FEMA supplied trailer while repairing their home Too few city inspectors to get utilities reconnected Escalating costs of everything dealing with home repair and construction


17 Families Displaced All Over the US

18 Katrina Provides a Window Into poverty in the United States On populations marginalized by lack of transportation, health care, insurance, transferable job skills On vulnerability due to natural disasters

19 Previous Disasters Inform the Next Oklahoma City and the Murrah Federal Building 9/11 in New York 9/11 in Washington D.C. Katrina for Rita

20 HOPE worldwide Took A Four Prong Approach Goal 1- Strengthen Local Churches in New Orleans Relief for Church members and visits of encouragement Goal 2 – Long-Term Program Implementation Center of HOPE model – Baton Rouge, LA Goal 3- Volunteer Management Episodic Volunteer Programs – Summer, Holidays, Weekends Teams of 20 to 25 volunteers working on Projects in Louisiana and Mississippi Youth Corps and Volunteer Corps in New Orleans housed at Camp HOPE and other Camp sites Goal 4- National Partnerships and National Volunteer Opportunities

21 HOPE worldwides Four-Part Framework Strengthen Local Churches Service coordination Volunteer management National Partnerships & Volunteer Opportunities

22 ACCEPT CHANGE COMPLAIN It will always be like this I have no control I cant impact this It is out of my hands No need to plan It has already happened I dont have the authority It is not worth the effort or risk I cant fight it any longer I must do something I can make a difference I am willing to work and fight I can impact or influence this I demand that things change It is worth the risk I must make a plan This is my responsibility This cant go on I wish… They ought to… I hate… I am sick of… Somebody should… Why dont they… It is stupid…

23 Gulf Coast Center of HOPE worldwide: Hurricane-ravaged communities Direct services have begun in multiple sites We bring expertise, volunteers, compassion and commitment A commitment to stay for a minimum of 5 years Collaboration with a broad range of community partners

24 Our Response … Adoption of a Baton Rouge community (Gardere) Regional volunteer sites (Camp HOPE, in Violet, LA, Camp Coastal in Kiln MS, New Camp in New Orleans) Searching for facilities that can be utilized for Housing Assess precise local needs – Door to Door Populations to serve – Case Management Databases Local collaborations in each area that we are meeting needs

25 Services that are being offered … Health Care Outreach and Case Management Social care and mentoring services for distressed adults and children Vocational training, day and evening Summer Programs to serve children and assist working parents/care-givers Senior home rebuilding projects and periodic home rehab assistance Campsite Management Assistance and Technical Assistance All services are being provided from a central facility that also acts as a hub of encouragement and activity for the entire community

26 Our team … This is a critical project, and HOPE worldwides top executives are personally involved A Vice President with experience in our Centers of HOPE A full-time team of 2 staff 7 Americorps Members

27 Americorps Members Involved In Disaster Relief Helps AmeriCorps Members: Hone in on developing their planning, management, & organizational skills Enhance their creativity & communication skills Become instant leaders with their organization & community being served Incredibly Rewarding Work! Opportunity to work with other Americorps members, and Americorps NCCC Teams

28 Role of AmeriCorps Members in Disaster Relief Empower your AmeriCorps Members by: Placing them in charge of specific components of the work Enable them to initiate and develop relationships with potential partners/funders Provide opportunities for them to help create long-term sustainability plan for the targeted community

29 Role of AmeriCorps Members in Disaster Relief Assess your Members strengths in order to set them up for success (assigning appropriate tasks) Get creative! AC Members may have new ideas for service that you havent considered Apply for funding (State Level grants) Send AmeriCorps members to events Register with local Volunteer Centers and community initiatives to keep members active

30 Partnership Development Common Ingredients for Partnership Open-mindedness & Flexibility Wanting to know needs of community Its not about me/my organization Commitment to relationships Willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the community

31 Partnership Development Types of Partnerships: Volunteer Support (Faith, Corporate employees, Government, & Non-Profits) Venues for Volunteer Camps Cash In-Kind Resources Long-Term Relationships vs. Flash In The Pan

32 Cultivating Cross-Sector & Cross-Issue Partnerships What is a cross-sector partnership? Partnerships which are forged between multiple organizations representing the for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors. What is a cross-issue partnership? Partnerships created to address a specific social issue or concern. The organizations only partner on one particular issue, not on a general programmatic level.

33 Results of Cross-Sector & Cross-Issue Partnerships Partners share: sector-specific management skills, issue-related expertise, volunteers and staff, communications & logistical infrastructure, funding, in-kind resources to advance the work of each of their organizations.

34 Cultivating Cross-Sector & Cross-Issue Partnerships Reduces number of competing entities to form highly innovative and effective partnership initiatives that deliver specific benefits; Increase capacity by sharing volunteers, expertise, infrastructure, and other resources; Create more comprehensive programs that can better address and more quickly meet beneficiaries needs; Generate distinctive volunteer opportunities; and Music to the ears of corporate funders who get exasperated by the volume of individual funding requests for the same focus.

35 AmeriCorps Members Collaboration To Help In Disasters... Disaster Response CorporationsVolunteers Other Not For Profit Agencies Government Agencies Community Action Volunteerism Clean Ups Activities Rebuilding Activities Case Management Campsite Management WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT Health Outreach

36 EXISTING MAJOR PARTNERSHIPS CNCS Habitat for Humanity Shell Oil Volunteer Baton Rouge Mississippi Commission On National and Community Service Big Buddy National Wildlife Federation First Book St. Gabriel Health Center Louisiana Family Recovery Corps HOPE Youth Corps Points of Light Foundation Connect America 1 st Gentlemens Workforce Initiative Mayors Office of Baton Rouge BREC St. Bernard Parish St. Bernard Parish Long term Recovery Committee American Red Cross 25 Churches Across The Country HOPE Volunteer Corps Sisters of the Holy Family

37 Churches and Faith-Based Groups Opened shelters immediately and recently when hotel stays ended Housed relief workers Actively Housing volunteers Biggest source of new funds for nonprofits Biggest source of new volunteers for nonprofits 24 Churches Involved!

38 What We Need to Know How can another organization partner with you to make you stronger & more efficient? Are there ways in which our volunteers and programs can fill in any gaps where you are serving? Can we explore joint funding opportunities? Do you have employees who would like to serve as volunteers in our programs? Does a collaboration with another organization fit into your plan for the future?

39 What you can provide … Access to your own volunteers Collaborative access to other networks Infrastructure (e.g., existing buildings) and systems as available Public Relations to promote the programs and services Links to or direct support for cash and in-kind support Curriculum & expertise for further program development

40 What are our results… Mobilized over 1,000 volunteers Volunteers have served over 15,000 hours Worked with over 25 church groups Collaborated with 25 different partners Rehabbed over 2,000 homes Helped to build the 50 home Musicians Village Provided play care to FEMA Families Provided assessment and case management service to 20,000 displaced families Provided over 2,000 hours of tutoring and mentoring to displaced children Provide 1,500 Toys to displaced children and families at Christmas Help to run and mange Camp HOPE Provided a link to or direct support for cash and in-kind support to partners Provided curriculum & expertise for further program development to partners Served as a volunteer recruiter and manager for partners Facilitated collaboration to serve greater numbers of displaced families and children

41 HOPE worldwide Bringing hope. Changing lives.

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