The Whole Enchalida

February 8, 2011 — Leave a comment

Today's post is section two from chapter two of my book, A Day of Hope.  If you'd like to read section one, you can do that here.

For the next couple weeks I will be posting all of chapter two of my book.  Keep reading and keep learning.

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I hesitated writing this section for two reasons:

1) because it might scare you away from even considering A Day of Hope, and
2) it might totally confuse you.  But I’m going to take a risk and do my best to briefly tell you all of the different elements of A Day of Hope. 

It will be a 30,000 feet view of what we do.  This will be a real list of things we’ve done and all the elements of our work.  When you to do a similar project in your community, this list will probably look different as you tailor it to your community’s needs.

  • Planning: I always take several hours the first few weeks to plan our entire year of what we’re going to do and when.
  • Leadership Team: We have a leadership team of three people who meet monthly to govern A Day of Hope.
  • Fundraising Team: We have a team of volunteers who work to raise funds and gather donated food.
  • Fundraising: This is the largest of all elements of A Day of Hope. Here’s a list of all fundraising methods we use:
    • Car Washes – We hold weekly fundraiser car washes.
    • Individual Donors – We send donation letters to individuals who might like to donate money to support our work.
    • Company Donors – Several local companies donate financially to support our work.
    • In-Kind Donors – Some companies and individuals donate in-kind gifts (canned food, frozen turkeys, etc.).
    • Reconciling Money – At the end of the year we have to reconcile all money we raised and all money we spent to make sure we didn’t miss anything or misspend any funds.
  • Internet Fundraising: This consists of several online locations where we do fundraising.
    • – This site donates and supports our work every single month from the “lensmasters” making web pages that donate funds to A Day of Hope.
    • – Their freelance writers write articles and donate to us the money they make from the articles.
    • Facebook – We’ve raised over $785 from our Cause on Facebook.
    • Twitter – We have a Twitter account where we share news and information on the work we’re doing.
  • Monthly E-Newsletter: Every month we publish a monthly email newsletter that we send to donors and volunteers who’ve supported our work.
  • Website: Our website at was created and built by me, and needs to be maintained and updated on a consistent basis.
  • Maintain Partnerships: We partner with the Associate Students, Inc. at California State University, Stanislaus for our fundraising and fiscal services as well as several other nonprofits for food donations and family registrations.
  • Charity Food Bag Drop: This is our most productive community based event where we deploy volunteers to homes in our city to collect donated food.
  • Registering Families: We use a very detailed and organized process to register families for a basket of food and avoid double registrations.
  • Sorting Food: This is the fun part where we sort out all the food that’s been donated.
  • Packing Food: We pack all the food that has been donated into boxes to get ready to deliver to families.
  • Volunteer Recruitment: Because volunteers are sometimes hard to find, it will take you some time to find volunteers and organize them in a way that they can effectively help.
  • Liability Releases: We develop and maintain a liability release for every single volunteer.
  • Delivering Food to Families: Delivering the food to the homes of families in need takes a lot of time and preparation.
  • Debriefing/Reviewing: In the end, we celebrate our accomplishments and debrief with our leadership team.

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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