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Raising Peoples Hopes Through Community

  1. 1. Raising People’s Hopes Through Community Presented by Mark Van Baale
  2. 2. Economy has hit us hard through: <ul><li>Home foreclosures </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployment </li></ul><ul><li>Illness </li></ul><ul><li>Stress </li></ul><ul><li>Overdue bills </li></ul><ul><li>No health insurance </li></ul>
  3. 3. This generation is in a state of desperation: <ul><li>In the Midwest, foreclosure has played a role for 15% of newly homeless people </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployment rate at 10% in Kansas City area </li></ul><ul><li>86.7 million Americans </li></ul><ul><li>uninsured over last two years </li></ul><ul><li>*Foreclosure to Homelessness 2009 survey by National Coalition for the Homeless </li></ul>
  4. 4. People are hurting everywhere <ul><li>Feelings of: </li></ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul><ul><li>Failures </li></ul><ul><li>Shame </li></ul><ul><li>Hopelessness </li></ul><ul><li>Loneliness </li></ul><ul><li>They need a helping hand to reach out </li></ul>
  5. 5. We need each other to help <ul><li>Humans are social animals: </li></ul><ul><li>We crave feeling supported, </li></ul><ul><li>valued and connected. </li></ul><ul><li>We can transform society by </li></ul><ul><li>extending a hand to lift </li></ul><ul><li>people up through service </li></ul><ul><li>to their needs </li></ul>
  6. 6. How can Communities help? <ul><li>Olathe Serve Day </li></ul><ul><li>Christmas in October program </li></ul>
  7. 7. Olathe Serve Day <ul><li>In 2009: </li></ul><ul><li>45 home projects completed </li></ul><ul><li>150 single mothers got free oil </li></ul><ul><ul><li>change, car checkup </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2 pre-fab homes built for needy families </li></ul>
  8. 8. Christmas in October program <ul><li>Founded in 1984 by 2 KC area men </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers offer labor/time to make homes more liveable </li></ul><ul><li>6,000 volunteers repair 500 homes annually </li></ul><ul><li>One of the largest volunteer </li></ul><ul><li>programs of its kind in the U.S. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Online networks can help to change the world <ul><li>We are social by nature and crave feeling supported, valued, and connected. </li></ul><ul><li>Use of tools like Twitter enable us to read about people’s lives and interact with them to provide support/help </li></ul><ul><li>The power of many in a network can make a difference in someone’s life </li></ul>
  10. 10. David Armano helping Daniella's family get back on their feet <ul><li>David, known as @Armano on </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter, asked people to help </li></ul><ul><li>Daniella and her family </li></ul><ul><li>Used the power of his network </li></ul><ul><li>via Twitter and his blog </li></ul><ul><li>$5,000 was goal </li></ul><ul><li>$17K was raised, 337% of goal </li></ul>
  11. 11. InvisiblePeople.tv Blog <ul><li>Mark Horvath set out to </li></ul><ul><li>change view of homelessness </li></ul><ul><li>Homeless portrayed on </li></ul><ul><li>video to give them a face </li></ul><ul><li>and a voice </li></ul><ul><li>Some homeless even use </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter to talk about their </li></ul><ul><li>daily struggles (@padschicago) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Amy Kiel’s support for suicide prevention <ul><li>Amy openly shares on her </li></ul><ul><li>blog and Twitter about the </li></ul><ul><li>need for the mental ill to </li></ul><ul><li>not be ignored </li></ul><ul><li>Amy received support all </li></ul><ul><li>over the world for Out of </li></ul><ul><li>the Darkness walks to </li></ul><ul><li>increase awareness of </li></ul><ul><li>suicide prevention </li></ul>
  13. 13. Twestival (Using power of Twitter for donations, raise awareness) <ul><li>Global series of events organized by volunteers around the world under short timescales, which bring people offline for a great cause.  </li></ul><ul><li>The first Twestival Global was held in Feb. 2009. 200 cities participated. 100% of all proceeds went direct to charity: water. $250,000 was raised in total. </li></ul><ul><li>Twestival is run 100% by volunteers and independently from any not-for-profit. </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsors donate time/resources for event, usually held on one night worldwide </li></ul>
  14. 14. ModestNeeds.org <ul><li>Work to stop the cycle of poverty BEFORE it starts for low-income workers </li></ul><ul><li>Grants offered to people to help them deal with short-term expenses </li></ul><ul><li>Donors can make financial contributions and allocate where the money is spent to help </li></ul>
  15. 15. Online Network for Kansas City to help less fortunate get back on track <ul><li>Similar format to ModestNeeds.org </li></ul><ul><li>Website database showing all needs </li></ul><ul><li>People enter in their needs and those who want to help can search the needs </li></ul><ul><li>Match those who want to help with those who need help </li></ul><ul><li>Those out of work can use skills/time to help others </li></ul>
  16. 16. Online Network for Kansas City to help less fortunate get back on track contd. <ul><li>This model would be used locally in KC at first and potential to grow </li></ul><ul><li>Bring together communities (churches, individuals, groups) to collectively meet people’s needs through site </li></ul>
  17. 17. Together we can change the world &quot;The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have too much . . . it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.&quot; - Franklin D Roosevelt
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