It’s that time of year once again! Fall is in the air, and spectacular music is right on its heels. Harmony for Hunger showcases the talent from several of our supporting network of churches and also features a silent auction for your amusement during intermission. The superb choral group Capriccio Columbus headlines this year’s concert. For a mere $20 per ticket, you get a solid two hours of entertainment. You can’t beat it!
The Big Show will be Friday, November 17, 2017 at Worthington Presbyterian Church. Show time is 7:30, but you’ll want to arrive early to get your silent auction bids in and visit with other NNEMAP friends and supporters.
The Columbus Foundation does tremendous work supporting the region’s nonprofit community. Arts, education, social justice, food insecurity, literacy, animal rights…you name it, you can bet TCF is helping that organization fulfill its mission. It’s, well…it’s pretty awesome to have such an amazing community foundation like that right in our own backyard.
On top of all the incredible work they do on a daily basis, the Columbus Foundation goes above and beyond every once in a while. They call it The Big Give–a huge community-wide, 26-hour fundraising drive to support some 700 area nonprofits. Online donations will be enhanced by a matching funds pool totaling $1.3 million. What’s that mean? If the event brings $1.3 million in donations, the match will be dollar-for-dollar. If $2.6 million is donated, the match will be 50 cents per dollar, and so on.
Credit card processing fees are being covered by a host of generous sponsors, so 100 percent (and then some) of your donation goes straight to NNEMAP. It’s hard to beat this kind of event, so support NNEMAP on October 10, 2017, starting at 10am. For details, click on the highlighted text above or follow this link.
As always, thank you for your generous support of NNEMAP Food Pantry, and thank you for helping us celebrate our partnership with The Columbus Foundation!
Last month NNEMAP Food Pantry was invited again to participate in the CenturyLink “Backpack Buddies” fundraiser. This campaign promises matching funds of at least 75 cents on the dollar thanks to the generosity of the Clarke M. Williams Foundation. That’s a great deal no matter how you look at it.
After last year’s successful fund drive netted over $20,000 in total donations, NNEMAP challenged you, our donors, fans and supporters, to make this year’s event even better. Leave it to an organization supported by dozens of churches to understand the old ‘call and response’ routine, because did you ever respond!
NNEMAP’s donor individuals, churches and other organizations contributed over $37,000 toward the Backpack Buddies campaign. The Clarke M. Williams Foundation matched that nearly dollar for dollar. When all was said and done, NNEMAP was blessed with over $70,000 in total cash donations!
There’s really only one thing to say:
As we approach the midpoint of the 2017 service year, NNEMAP Food Pantry is still seeing record numbers of clients. Compared to the drastic year-over-year increase from 2015 to last year, however, 2017’s growth is downright modest. We are on pace to distribute more meals than in 2016, but not over 100,000 more. Maybe an extra 10 percent or so–25-30,000 meals.
After working extra hard to keep pace for much of 2016, our crack staff of ace volunteers has the pantry operation running like a well-oiled, food distributing machine once again. So while we are still plenty busy, we’ve settled into our “new normal.”
NNEMAP Food Pantry would still love to see your smiling face volunteering. Interviewers, personal shoppers, front desk and Saturday help is always welcome. The more the merrier, many hands make light work, etc. You get the idea. Plus it’s a fun and fast-paced environment. You will have earned your keep by volunteering here!
If you like working with people of all ages, NNEMAP Food Pantry is the volunteer spot for you! Contact Assistant Director Sean Becker at email@example.com or call him at 405-850-1688 to get started today!
In case it has slipped your mind, the extremely generous matching funds drive is still going on. We know you are enjoying a busy late spring/early summer. But with last year’s tax returns still fresh in your mind, what better time to make a tax-deductible gift* to your favorite charity? (* please consult an accountant or tax professional!)
Anyway, there’s no need to scramble to make your donations at the end of the year–donate now and get the most out of your gift. In cooperation with CenturyLink, the Clarke M. Williams Foundation is putting up $1 million in matching funds. The anticipated match is a minimum of 75 cents for every dollar you donate. Last year’s match was an extraordinary $3 for every $1 donated to NNEMAP. You can’t get a much better deal for a charity than that.
This amazing offer ends Friday, June 16th. For all of you wait-’til-the-last-minute types, consider yourself warned. Hey–we’re here to help!
On behalf of the roughly 8,000 people who will come to NNEMAP for food assistance at some point this year, thank you for your generous support!