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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...

By: Nikki | December 27, 2016

It is with a heavy heart that I must post that Carol Yeaman passed away Monday night. She was our friend and sister, as well as our Secretary-Treasurer. 
Carol was a very sweet, caring person who will be missed very much. 

We will never forget you, Carol.  You will be especially missed during the holidays. Thank you for all you've done.

By: Nikki | December 27, 2016

Cookbooks
I have finished entering in recipes for our cookbooks!  I'm hoping to get these published in time to fund raise for the 2013 holiday season.  We will be meeting sometime in the near future to go over cover ideas, etc. 
The Morris Cookbook Company offers publishing on credit for non-profit organizations.  I'm hoping we qualify even though we're still so small and new.  If we can sell cookbooks this year for our fundraising, I know we'll be able to reach out to a lot more families!

Website
Our website, www.oursharedhopes.org, is back up and running!  Due to finances, we had to use the free version for the past year or so, with the unprofessional '.weebly.com' url.  I think the '.org' looks a lot better, don't you?  =)

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Tags: June 2013 

By: Nikki | December 27, 2016

We have our EIN number!! =) Have to wait up to 2 weeks for it to become part of the IRS's database so we can get our TIN and start applying for grants, but we're on our way!   I have also requested our DUNS number, which is also needed to register on the grants.gov website before we can start applying.  I should get that one by email in 1-2 days. 

By: Nikki | December 27, 2016

I have submitted an application with the Charitable Programs division of the Secretary of State for Our Shared Hopes. First plus over the non-profit application.....this time it was free! =)  

 Next I will file for an EIN number with the IRS...which is also free. Our tax-exempt status is 'Automatically Exempt' - as long as we are below the income limit of $5000 each year (last year we received apprx. $500 in donations). =)

By: Nikki | December 27, 2016

Had a great meeting tonight! A huge thank you to Angie Camp for stopping by and sharing her experiences with non-profits and the tax-exempt status process! We have decided to give up our non-profit corporation status (for the time being), and change our structure to a basic Charitable Organization for the next few years until we are better equipped to handle the requirements and fees associated with the non-profit status.  This will not change our mission or goals, but will simply change our tax classification to a better one while we get this organization on more solid ground.

In response to low turnouts this past year, we have decided against holding meal events for the 2011 holiday season. Instead, we will host a toy drive, and sponsor fa...

By: Nikki | December 27, 2016

Our 2nd event is right around the corner, an Easter Dinner and Egg Hunt!  Once again, we will hold our event at the Marion Grange in Buckley.  This time, we hope to attract more families by offering a full dinner meal, along with an egg hunt for the kids, rather than just a brunch.

We will be serving turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, yams, mixed vegetables, dinner rolls, and a variety of desserts!

Our egg hunt will consist of plastic eggs filled with candy or coins, and we are working on obtaining a few Easter baskets to use as rewards for finding a special egg(s)!

We are in need of both volunteers and donations for this event!  If you are interested in helping out, visit our 'Volunteer' page and fill out our contact form.  If ...

By: Nikki | December 27, 2016

Well, our Christmas Brunch was very small, but a success nonetheless!  We considered it a practice run, and learned a lot.  First of all, I need to make sure I have a ride that will guarantee that I am there on time, as a half hour late would have been disastrous had there actually been people lined up at the door at 10am.  We also decided that a brunch was a little too early for folks on Christmas day, and will hold dinners from now on.  I also think a traditional meal would attract a lot more people who can't make one themselves at home.  French toast doesn't really replace a turkey with all the trimmings!

So for Easter, we will hold a dinner, from approximately 3-5pm (time to be finalized at our next meeting), and offer a ham with all the...
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