The ChristmasProgramProjectPresented by:Shaenen Gilpatrick(Augusta)Jamie Luczynski(Rumford)Hus 325 –Intervention forChildren andFamiliesPatricia Clark
Old Idea, New Idea• Originally wanted to collect winter coats, boots, hats & gloves for children who are in need of these items.• Changed our direction a little bit once we found out what was needed by the organization we would be collecting donations for.
Advocacy StatementAccording to NCCP 17% (46,403) of childrenin Maine live in poor families. We want tohelp these children stay warm this winter.Our goal is to collect brand new warm winteroutfits for The Maine Children’s Home forLittle Wanderers Christmas Program. We arelooking to collect clothes in sizes 2-12 forchildren who are part of this program.
The holiday Each child receivesseason is always a box that containsbusy at the a pair of mittens, aMaine Children’s pair of ThinsulateHome. Each gloves, hat, readingyear, more than book, coloring1,600 needy book, crayons orchildren markers, large andthroughout small toy, familyMaine receive game and an outfitboxes from their of An example of what’s put inChristmas their gift boxes clothing, everythingProgram. (valued between $92 - $150) is brand new.
The Christmas Program Project My Contribution to our Project Shaenen Gilpatrick
Choosing a ProjectFor me, The Maine Children’s Homefor Little Wanderers hits close tohome. I have had family and friendswho have been helped by thisorganization. Although I understand Imay not make a huge difference, Ialso realize that every little bit helps.
My Steps Along the WayStep 1• I started typing up a letter explaining my cause and goals.• Went around to local corporations and department stores asking for their help. • Walmart • Kmart • TJ Maxx • Payless ShoeSource • JC Penney• Received the same answer from all the businesses so decided on a different plan.
Personal ConnectionsStep 2• Applebee’s (place of employment) • Involved in charity and fundraising • Dine to donate • Pancake breakfasts • Total of 2 month wait time start/finish• I did not have enough time, so had to continue picking my brain for ideas.
GENEROSITYStep 3• Amici’s Cucina Italian Restaurant in Waterville, Me • Spoke to the owner (privately owned) • Submitted formal letter • Set up a dinner date • Made flyers to distribute to the community/family/friends• Thursday November 8th, 2012 4:30-9:00PM
10% of each bill was donated to help keep Maine’s children warm this winter.
SuccessThe dinner I set up at Amici’sCucina had a great turn out.This dinner helped me provideThe Maine’s Child Home forLittle Wanderers with warmwinter outfits.
Reflection• By doing this advocacy project I have learned that so much goes into fundraising & charity work. It’s a process that requires more than just asking for money or material objects.• If I was to do this project again there wouldn’t be anything I would change but I would like to be more educated.• My final reflection is, even though I am may be only one person the smallest amount can make a difference for someone.
The Christmas Program Project My Contribution to our Project Jamie Luczynski
Choosing a ProjectEvery school year my daughter’s school sendshome a letter reminding parents that it is nolonger summer and kids need to come to schoolwearing appropriate clothing for the fall/winter.It always makes me wonder if these childrenchoose to dress this way or if they just don’thave the appropriate clothing because theirparents can’t afford it. So I wanted to dosomething to help families who can’t providetheir children with warm winter clothing.
The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers• I was a bit skeptical at first for collecting donations for The Maine Children’s Home because they seek brand new items.• I met with the Development Director of the organization, Steve Mayberry and the Director of their Christmas Program, Cristen Sawyer.• They showed me around and explained how their program worked I decided this was the organization I wanted to collect for. Even though I was skeptical, every child deserves new stuff at Christmas time.
My Steps Along the WayStep 1• Set up an online fundraiser through Facebook.• Asked for monetary donations and new winter outfits.• Received $55 and 12 outfits.
Business DonationsStep 2• Typed up a letter seeking donations. • Local businesses • Banks • Chain Stores• Heard back from only one, didn’t receive any donations during this step.
Donation CanStep 3• My husband is in the Air National Guard.• During his October & November drill he brought a can with him for me to collect spare change from his fellow airmen.• Total collection $37.15
Success My original goal was to collect 50 brand new outfits for The Maine’sChildren Home for Little Wanderers.Unfortunately, I didn’t reach my goal but through my efforts I am able to provide the children of their Christmas Program with 25 warm winter outfits.
25 Warm Winter Outfits• 12 outfits collected• $92.15 in monetary donations collected, was able to buy 9 warm winter outfits with this collection• I bought 4 warm winter outfits to donate.
Reflection• I was very intimidated by this project. I was worried I wasn’t going to get any donations and even though I didn’t reach my goal, still glad that I am able to provide some children with warm winter clothing.• I would seek other ways of collecting donations next time. I would seek an organization that was located in the town I lived, think this could bring in more donations.• I learned to be truly successful in a project like this it takes more than one person. I was skeptical having a group project at first but came to realize you’re able to accomplish so much more when you are working with others.