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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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Tags: May 2016 

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. =)

By: Nikki | December 27, 2016

This year we will be providing everything needed for a complete Easter dinner to serve at least 2 families.  While we always hope to reach out to more people, we are grateful to be able to serve anyone at all.

If you are, or know of, a family in need of our services this Easter, please contact us using one of the methods listed below.

We will be providing the following, and therefore are asking for donations of these items:


Ham
Potatoes
Stuffing Mix
Jarred/Canned Brown Gravy
Canned Sweet Potatoes
Mini Marshmallows
Frozen Vegetables
Cranberry Sauce
Dinner Rolls
Canned Pineapple
Brown Sugar
Apple Pie Filling

If you are able to donate any of these items, please call or email me at:
donate@oursharedhopes.org
(253) 697-0004

By: Nikki | December 27, 2016

Our Christmas Dinner Basket program helped to provide dinner for 2 families this year.  While we consider this year to be a success, it was only by the skin of our teeth that we were able to get everything done in time.  

We found ourselves approaching Christmas Eve without having received a single donated item.  On December 23rd, my neighbor, Zan, offered to donate as much as she could, knowing that we still hadn't received any help.  Thanks to her help, she provided 90% of the items needed for one of our sponsored families!

But that still left a few items for that family, and an entire dinner needed for our 2nd family.  I can only say that I am doubly thankful for the food stamps that I received in December. Because not only did they provid...

By: Nikki | December 27, 2016

This update is way overdue: 
Our very first Summer Lunch Program was a great success!!  We served over 500 lunches and over 100 hot Sunday meals to kids in need! 

We prepared and served a sack lunch containing a sandwich, apple, juice drink, and snack for 10-12 kids each weekday.  We also served those same kids a hot meal each Sunday throughout the summer.  We alternated between pancakes and french toast each week. 

The kids were very grateful, and made sure to say, "Thank you" each day. =)

However...since the end of the summer of 2014, each and every single child who participated in our programs were evicted with their families from this RV park.  There are no children left to serve at this time. =(

If anyone knows of another RV park,...

By: Nikki | December 27, 2016

It's been a while since I've updated this blog again.  Not much has happened, until recently. The Warm Blanket Fund was a big failure.  There wasn't a single donation made.  I'm thinking that maybe we should try again a little closer to the cold season, but ask for donated blankets rather than cash.  

We missed the deadline for Taco Bell's fundraising coupon books, but I have all the documents ready to apply for next year.  Hopefully we can get some high school students to volunteer again and help us to sell them.  =)

NOW...for the good part...

As you can see by the title of this post...there is now a Summer Lunch Program being operated and distributed by Our Shared Hopes!  This is our first successful project and has really taken off from day...

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Tags: July 2014 

By: Nikki | December 27, 2016

Time to get back on track.  I will be taking on our secretarial duties for the time being.  Just not ready to 'replace' Carol, as if that were even possible. I am submitting a change of address to the Secretary of State this week.

After our information is updated, I will begin to finalize plans for this years' fundraising.  There are several ideas that I will bringing to my remaining board members for consideration:

1.) I would like to work with the local high schools again this year.  We did this our first year in operation and it was a great experience for all.

2.) I would like to use the help of said student volunteers to do a 'door-to-door' fundraiser, selling flower bulbs for spring, and cookie dough in the summer.  These fundraisers cos...
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