Nonprofit Insights: How to Solve Global Problems with Local Engagement


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Your organization is trying to solve real problems – in your community, in the country, and in the world. Like many organizations, however, chances are you don't feel the support you need to really change things.

Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) has found a way to address this problem: Focus locally for global impact. Through its unique model of encouraging "informed engagement," THI has amplified the impact of volunteering in its community, making real strides in the fight against hunger.

For the May 2013 Nonprofit Insights webinar, join THI founder Jeremy Everett and Carol Rigby-Hiebert, a community volunteer in San Angelo, Texas, to learn about THI's model for tackling hunger by mobilizing communities and volunteers at a micro level – for macro results.

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Nonprofit Insights: How to Solve Global Problems with Local Engagement

  1. 1. How to Solve GlobalProblems with LocalEngagementMay 29, 2013#vmlearn
  2. 2. Who are we?2#vmlearnJeremy EverettDirectorTexas Hunger Rigby-HiebertCo-OrganizerTom Green CountyHunger
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  5. 5. Food GapCalculatorDesigned in collaborationwith the East Texas FoodBank and the Texas FoodBank Network to measurethe gap in access to food ina community.Takes the number ofpeople living at 185% ofpoverty and subtractsresources that are alreadybeing utilized in thecommunity.The end result tells howmany meals in a year needto be provided for acommunity to establishfood security in their area.#vmlearn
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  8. 8. Results Since the 2009-2010 schoolyear, Texas increased freeand reduced studentparticipation in breakfast by6.1%: 1,447,385 students THI is currently workingwith 10 ISDs which willincrease BIC participationby 82,000 daily In 2010-2011, THI and statepartners increased SNAPparticipation by 700,000individuals which put $1billion into the state’s foodsector economy THI and our partners haveincreased summer mealparticipation by 1 million mealssince 2010 Last summer, THI worked withschool districts, faithcommunities, & non-profits toadd more than 300 summermeal sites in Texas which washalf of Michelle Obama’s goalfor the entire nation This year THI has publishedthe Blueprint to End Hungerand Advancing ChildhoodFood Security throughOrganizing Strategies#vmlearn
  9. 9. References Brown, J., Martin, T., Orwat, J., Shephard, D. (2007). The economic cost ofdomestic hunger. Retrieved from Burton, H., Fisher, A., Joseph, H., Pothukuchi, K. (2002). Whats cooking in yourfood system? Retrieved from Cohen, B., Kantor, L., Andrews, M. (2002). Community food security assessmenttoolkit. Retrieved from Sustainable Food Center. (1995). Access denied: An analysis of problems facing eastAustin residents in their attempts to obtain affordable, nutritious food. Retrievedfrom Access_Denied.pdf Mark, N., Coleman-Jensen, A., Andrews, M., Carlson, S. (2009). Household foodsecurity in the united states. Retrieved from Everett, J., Anderson, B., Dwyer, J. (2012) Blueprint to End Hunger. Retrievedfrom Singletary, J., Everett, J., Nolen, E. (2012) Advancing Childhood Food Securitythrough Organizing Strategies. Retrieved from
  10. 10. T O M G R E E N C O U N T Y H U N G E R I N I T I A T I V EP R O G R A M O F T H ET E X A S H U N G E R I N I T I A T I V EW W W . S A N A N G E L O H U N G E R . O R GKIDS EAT-FREE!#vmlearn
  11. 11. WHY KIDS EAT-FREE? THE NEED More than 1 in 4 families with children in Tom GreenCounty had times during the last year when there wasn’tenough food - 5,400 households. In San Angelo ISD, over 60% of students receive free orreduced lunches – over 8,600 students! During the month of June, SAISD offers free breakfastand lunch at summer school sites. But, what happens in July and August?Kids Eat-FREE!#vmlearn
  12. 12.  2 RSVP volunteers from a local church to spearhead the localinitiative. San Angelo chosen as a pilot project by the Texas HungerInitiative (THI), a program of Baylor University School ofSocial Work & Texas Baptists Christian Life Commission. Contact made with RSVP, food bank, food pantries, soupkitchen, religious organizations, community leaders & otherinterested parties.LAYING THE GROUNDWORK#vmlearn
  13. 13.  First meeting convened by San Angelo Mayor, SAISD BoardPresident & Concho Valley Regional Food Bank Director Attended by: 20 faith-based organizations, Concho ValleyRSVP, governmental/educational entities, serviceorganizations & concerned citizens Attendees given assignments to investigate other communityfood service programs across Texas Dates for food serviceFood Planning Association (FPA)#vmlearn
  14. 14.  Neighborhood mapping House of Faith’s Community Connect – previouslyidentified churches who had adopted neighborhoodschools Church to church partnerships Non-profit partnershipsBUILDING NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERSHIPS#vmlearn
  15. 15.  Convened by Mayor Pro-Tem at acommunity recognized site Representatives from USDA,THI, media, concerned citizens,Boys & Girls Club, and otherdiverse communityrepresentativesTOWN HALL MEETING#vmlearn
  16. 16.  Corporate Sponsors Grants Churches Service Organizations IndividualsFUNDING OPPORTUNTIES#vmlearn
  17. 17.  Flyers Posters Yard Signs Neighborhood Blitz Newspaper Utility Bills Digital Billboards TV PSAs Presentations Newsletters/ChurchBulletins TV & Radio Interviews Websites Slide ShowsMEDIA AND PUBLICITY#vmlearn
  18. 18.  How to determine locations Variety of locations Site responsibilitiesNEIGHBORHOOD MEAL SITES#vmlearn
  19. 19.  Food Safety Site Safety Nutrition Suggested Menus & Recipes Food Resources Report FormsTRAINING#vmlearn
  20. 20.  Research – IMPORTANT! Summer Interns Diverse organizational participation Crafts ResourcesSITE ACTIVITES#vmlearn
  21. 21.  Use of diverse volunteer talents Senior Involvement – FPA & RSVP ChurchesVOLUNTEER PARTICIPATION
  22. 22. • Variety of funding assures sustainability• Activities promote better attendance• Watch for volunteer burn-out• Make use of available resourcesLESSONS#vmlearn
  23. 23.  Wrap-up meeting Number of meals served # of meal sites Unique collaborations Bonds formed Intense short-termcommitment Interns Awards Use of RSVP volunteersto compile data Replication interests Statewide recognition Community gardensSUCCESSES#vmlearn
  24. 24. 05,00010,00015,00020,00025,00030,00035,00040,0002010 2011 2012# of Children# of ChildrensMeals# of Children Served2010 – 17,2602011 – 18,7552012 – 25,707Total # of Children’sMeals Served2010 – 20,9472011 – 22,7412012 – 33,981CHILDREN AND MEALS#vmlearn
  25. 25. 0 500 1000201020112012Daily AverageDaily Average2010 – 5992011 – 6692012 - 872CHILDREN’S MEALS#vmlearn
  26. 26. TOTAL MEAL SITES2010 – 112011 – 132012 – 15#vmlearn
  27. 27. Questions?27#vmlearnJeremy EverettDirectorTexas Hunger Rigby-HiebertCo-OrganizerTom Green CountyHunger
  28. 28. Next month: TheUntapped Power ofVolunteer Stories