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Alert and Update: the Great Friendraising Challenge

12 May

Remember the Great Fundraising Challenge?  There’s $8,000 waiting to go to either Christian Help or our sister agency ABLE Families, depending on which agency can garner more new donors by May 15

Where do things stand with 3 days to go?  Christian Help is ahead — by one!  We have received donations from 18 new donors since the Challenge began; ABLE Families has received 17.  And with that news on the ABLE Families blog today, I suspect ABLE Families supporters will mobilize a bit.

Care to help us make sure we get that $8,000, to help the people we serve?  If you’ve never donated to Christian Help, now would be a great time to do it!  If you have, it would be a great time to get a friend or family member to do it.

Since we’re coming down to the wire, I’d encourage you or them to make the donation online, which can be done simply and securely here

Thanks for considering it!


Big news: A $4000 gift? Make that $8000! With your help.

12 Apr

The other day I told you about The Great Friendraising Challenge.  We’re asking our current supporters to tell their friends and family about the important work we do here, and suggest to them that they consider a gift themselves. 

I also told you we’ve built some competition into this effort: Whichever agency — Christian Help or ABLE Families — gets more first-time donations between now and May 15 gets a $4,000 gift from a longtime, generous donor.

Well here’s an update:  Another friend of both agencies who saw this effort sent me a note the other day, telling me that he’d like  to add another $4,000 gift to the reward for whichever ageny gets more first-time donors!

So, that’s now $8,000 that will go directly either Christian Help or ABLE Families.  One agency will get it.  If Christian Help receives more first-time donations than ABLE Families in the next few weeks, it’ll be us.  If we don’t, it won’t.

That $8,000 would go directly to helping impoverished families in Mingo County — a mighty helpful gift to support what we do.  Care to help?  Talk us up.  Let your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family know what we’re up to here, and how important the work we do is to the people we serve.  Have them take a look at our website (we just added a new “MEDIA” page, with videos) or this blog (which is updated often with news and photos about what goes on here). 


The Great Friendraising Challenge has begun!

5 Apr

Last week our supporters received a letter inviting them to participate in the Great Friendraising Challenge. It’s an effort to introduce new people to the work of Christian Help.

To make it fun, we’ve added a bit of a challenge to it, and also the possibility to get an extra $4,000 donation for the people we serve.

As you probably know, Christian Help shares building space with a sister agency, ABLE Families. They are two distinct agencies, founded sixteen years ago by two remarkable women. They each have separate staff (who are amazing), separate boards of directors (who are highly committed), separate missions (which are vitally important) – and for the most part, separate supporters (each and every one of whom are, of course, wonderful). I have the privilege to serve as executive director of both.

We thought it would be fun to offer a challenge to the supporters of both agencies. Here it is: Which group can introduce more new people to their agency by inviting them to make a donation? Which group – Christian Help supporters or ABLE Families supporters – can make more new friends for their cause?

Care to help? Talk us up with your family and friends, your co-workers and colleagues. Tell them, “If you’re looking for a great organization to support, so you’ll know your money is being used to do some wonderful and effective things to reduce poverty right here in the United States, here it is.”

Email notes and Facebook posts are good. (Make it easy and include a link to our website for those.) But quick, personal suggestions to your brother and daughter and neighbor – on the phone, over lunch, after church – are probably even better.

The agency which ends up with the highest number of donations from people who have never before given will be declared the winner. (But seriously, in this effort, who could ‘lose’??)

So what does the winner get? Of course, the aim is for both agencies to end up with some new friendships that will last a long time. That will help us carry out our mission with a secure future, so the real winners are the people we serve.

But besides that, all of the employees of the agency which receives fewer new donations will work for a full day for the winning agency. For one day, one agency’s office will be vacant, while the other’s is humming with the activity of a helpful bunch of additional staff!

And here’s something exciting: To add an additional dash of spice to the fun and give us all some added incentive: A generous donor has agreed to make a special donation of $4,000 to whichever agency wins!!

The Great Friendraising Challenge ends May 15. I’ll report the winner to you here on the blog and in our regular June print newsletter.

Thank you very much in advance for anything you could do to let your friends, family and acquaintances know about the important work we do. Though we want to make this effort into a fun competition, there’s nothing fun about living in poverty. Your efforts mean a lot to the people we serve.

So what are you waiting for? Call your brother!

How are we doin’?

4 Apr

You can offer a ‘review’ of Christian Help on the Great Nonprofits website, here.  If we’ve served you and your family directly, pleasse tell the world how we helped.  If you’re a supporter, tell people why and what you think of the work we do. 

Thanks for considering it, and have a good week!

Make it automatic

25 Mar

Just a note to point out to our friends that anyone can now make their donations automatic on a monthly basis.  There’s a new button on our donation page (Paypal calls it “subscribe”) for that purpose.  You do not need a Paypal account to make it happen — all you need is a debit or credit card.

Even a small amount given monthly can add up to a significant and helpful gift over time.  Thank you for considering it!

Wish list item

18 Mar

Sr. Therese is looking for the donation of a used pick-up truck. Even very used is fine with us. We need a workhorse, something we can use to pick-up and deliver furniture and other large items. No need for it to look pretty. In fact, as Sr. Therese points out, if it looks nice, it won’t fit in too well around here.

Here’s an easy way to help!

3 Mar

I’m excited about this one. Here’s a new way that you’re able to support Christian Help that’s so easy and simple. It lets you help in way that you’ll barely notice, but can make a real difference over time, especially if a lot of our friends participate.

Christian Help of Mingo County has partnered with SwipeGood, the company that maximizes your loose change for charity. Once you sign up online with SwipeGood as a Christian Help supporter, SwipeGood rounds up every debit card or credit card purchase you make to the next dollar, and lets you donate the change to support our transit program, food pantry, clothing store, and financial help program.

Each purchase you make can help families in central Appalachia get relief from the burdens of poverty! Learn more or enroll your credit or debit card today by clicking here.  Provide relief to fellow Americans living in poverty, one purchase at a time.

Thanks for considering it!