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By: Nikki | December 27, 2016

We were able to serve 3 families this Thanksgiving!  Not pictured above were 3 10lb bags of potatoes that I still had in my trunk. =)

Donations came in very quickly after I posted, which of course got me all excited to re-tackle some of our fundraising issues.  I noticed that our last optional registration with the Charities division of the the Secretary of State had not gone through, so I started to do some digging.  Turned out that since we were no longer legally considered a Non-Profit Corporation, we were required to file for a new EIN under our new organizational classification as an Unorganized Association.  We are still a charitable organization, just not an incorporated one. Corporations require a board of directors, which we used to...

By: Nikki | December 27, 2016

I need some help brainstorming. We need to seek out more channels for soliciting donations, but I've hit walls so far in each direction I've tried. We are a tax-exempt charity. However, we do not have the 501(c) status that major corporations require in order to donate to us. We are automatically exempt due to the fact that, as a whole, we bring in less than $5000 a year. But this means we don't have that special status that opens up so many doors that have been closed to us since the beginning. We can get it...but last time I checked it was $400. I simply don't have it yet.

We didn't get a single donation for Easter. That's never happened before. I haven't posted about it yet on Facebook because I’m not sure what to do next. The summer is c...

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By: Nikki | December 27, 2016

So much has happened since my last post!  We ran the Summer Lunch Program for our 2nd year in a row, delivering approximately 450 lunches to kids in need.  That's over 900 lunches in 2 years!  This is where I owe a huge THANK YOU to my daughter, Tiffany (aka Allison).  Since I was working day shift this past summer, she was stuck with running the entire program on her own.  From making the sandwiches to the delivery 5 days a week.  One of the perks of being my kid. ;-)

We just went through the 2015 holiday season.  Thanksgiving saw more donations than ever and we had everything on our list to give to each family!  Christmas was a bit more worrisome.  Donations were very slow to come in, and we were saved at the very last minute by a very swe...

By: Nikki | December 27, 2016

We are piloting a new program aimed at getting low-income kids into the trades.  With my construction experience, and the information I've researched, I've realized that a career in construction could very well be a way out for these kids. Especially the ones who have given up hope for any life better than the one they've always known. 

Every apprenticeship I've looked into, from electrical to painting to sheetmetal to laborers, pays over $17 TO START.  Most kids living in poverty have parents making minimum wage, and don't have much hope of doing any better.  My goal is to open their eyes to a world they may not know even exists. To show them that they can have financial security. No matter where they come from. To give them an alternative ...

By: Nikki | December 27, 2016

We were successful in providing a complete Easter dinner to 2 families this year, one of which was fully cooked!  Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we were also able to provide a pancake breakfast as well!  Looking forward to Thanksgiving already. =)

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