The Columbus Young Professionals Club invited NNEMAP Food Pantry to participate in the M.A.D. Splash Challenge, a three-round fundraising event–with eliminations. Yikes!
Don’t worry, though–we got this. We are seasoned competitors in the fundraising contest arena. We stunned the competition by nearly taking the top prize in the United Way’s “Knock Out Poverty” event in 2019 and racked up lots of extra prize money for our troubles.
We were leading in the final days of the Aetna “Voices of Health” voting game in 2019 before getting swamped at the last minute and finishing just out of the money. Aetna generously awarded us $5,000 for being such an inspiration.
So…we can do this! How, you ask? Simple.
From APRIL 5-19, we need to make donations through the NNEMAP Food Pantry page through The Columbus Foundation’s Giving Store site. Don’t worry–we’ll send a link to make it easy.
If we don’t finish in the top 8, that’s where the splash comes in–a member of our fundraising team will be taking a plunge in the pool at Taylor House Apartments. Brrrr!!!!
If…I mean WHEN we advance to ROUND 2, we’ll need social media support–like our posts, comment on them and share them with your friends.
ROUND 3 ends with a limited budget ($100) creative challenge–the top 4 teams advancing out of round 2 compete for the top prize, a $500 bonus donation, and a lifetime of fame and notoriety for winning the first ever M.A.D. Splash!
WHAT WE NEED:
*Donors! Any amount will help us get there. We’ll send links when the contest goes live on Monday, April 5.
*Social Media Support–like, comment, and share NNEMAP Food Pantry’s posts to get us to the final round.
*Creative Thinkers/Insect Architects–in case we need to build a beehive!
SOUND LIKE FUN? We thought so! Please join our M.A.D. Splash Fundraising Team today! E-mail Sean Becker, Director of Development & Marketing at email@example.com or call 614-297-9935 to find out how you can help!
You never know what’s going to happen at NNEMAP Food Pantry. Take this recent customer’s adventure, for example. Kendra (name changed) sent a request for free grocery delivery service right after the New Year. It was January 4th–our first business day of 2021. Pantry Manager Jim Hamberg called Kendra back to confirm the request and set up a delivery time. Business as usual.
The next day, business took an unusual turn. Kendra called Jim back to cancel the delivery request. “I do not have money for rent, so I am probably going to get evicted. I don’t know where we will be, so I don’t know where to tell you to deliver,” she explained.
A year ago, Kendra was a working, single mother of a middle-school aged son. Like many families, they had enough to get by as long as nothing crazy happened. Then the Covid-19 pandemic struck. The first wave of shutdowns left Kendra without a job. After finally finding a new, full-time job that would be sufficient to support her household, she was diagnosed with Covid-19 as part of a final, pre-employment screening. After seeing the positive Covid test, the employer rescinded Kendra’s job offer.
In less than 48 hours, Kendra and her 12-year-old son were going to be out on the street in the dead of winter with no food and no place to go. That was not acceptable. Jim and NNEMAP Food Pantry Executive Director Roy Clark found a nearby organization that would help Kendra pay her rent. A couple of phone calls later, Kendra’s rent was paid and she could stay safely at home.
Crucially, avoiding eviction will keep a blemish off Kendra’s credit rating–a negative mark that could haunt her for years to come. Also, staying in her home meant Kendra’s son would not miss any school time or transfer to a new school. Countless studies have shown that the effects of missed school time or transferring to a different school have a devastating effect on academic achievement. For a middle school student, missing school or being forced to transfer could have catastrophic effects.
Some quick thinking and good listening helped Kendra avoid a disaster–and helped her son stay on track in the classroom.
All in a day’s work.
For the past 10 years, November has been a big fundraising month for NNEMAP Food Pantry. Our annual “Harmony for Hunger” concert brings together hundreds of volunteers, donors, church partners and patrons for a night of great music. The concert raises between $10-$15,000 for NNEMAP.
This year’s event was cancelled–but you can still get the gift of music this Thanksgiving season. NNEMAP Food Pantry and Jazz Arts Group are teaming up to make it happen. We’re just asking for a little help.
DONATE $50 and we will send you a copy of “Come Together”–a compilation of classics from all eras performed by the incomparable Columbus Jazz Orchestra. As an extra bonus, the first 10 donors will get a copy signed by CJO Conductor Byron Stripling!
DONATE $250 and you get to participate in a special virtual conversation with Byron (first 10 donors at this level only). Got a question about the band? One of the songs on the CD? Curious about the recording session? Ask Byron in this intimate forum!
NNEMAP Food Pantry presents our annual Holiday Gift Shoppe!!! Gifts for children aged 17 and under!!! Details follow!!!
SIGN UP DATES November 2 through November 14 ONLY during pantry hours (CLICK HERE for times)
TO REGISTER YOUR CHILDREN Bring ONE of the following documents with your child’s name: Photo ID / Social Security Card / health insurance card / birth certificate
NO EXCEPTIONS TO REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS!!!
HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPPE DATES By appointment only, December 14 through December 19
To DONATE or VOLUNTEER for this event, CLICK HERE!
Zaftig Brewing Company is teaming up with NNEMAP Food Pantry! The local craft beer artisans are donating ALL of the “round-up” cash collected at their locations now through the end of the year! Big beers…small change…HUGE impact!!!
NNEMAP Food Pantry distributed the equivalent of about 526,000 meals in 2019 (total through October 15 of this year: 447,000)
NNEMAP’s total cost per meal in 2019 was about 44 cents.
A cash-register round-up, on average, comes out to about 50 cents.
Approximate number of cash-register round ups needed to fund NNEMAP Food Pantry for 1 year: a lot!
Our work is clear: Go to Zaftig Brewing Company and round up at the register!
Huge thanks to Zaftig Brewing Company for this opportunity!
VISIT ZAFTIG AT EITHER ONE OF ITS TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS:
Worthington: 7020-A Huntley Road / Columbus, OH 43229
Italian Village: 119 East 5th Avenue / Columbus, OH 43201