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:
Communications giant CenturyLink and the Clarke M. Williams Foundation have generously supported NNEMAP’s operations over the years. Last year, CenturyLink transitioned that support to an online virtual food drive. The fundraising effort promised to match donations up to 75% of the dollar amount given. So a $100 donation would become $175 thanks to matching funds. Brilliant!
As it turned out, CenturyLink blessed NNEMAP with about a 300% match last year. In 2016 our supporters donated about $5,000 and our total take from CenturyLink was over $20,000!!! For an organization with an operating cash budget just north of $200,000, that’s a huge score!
Please consider donating generously again this year. All donations are processed online through credit card payments. To donate now, click here to go straight to the donation page. Once there you will have to…
1. Enter the dollar amount you would like to donate
2. Scroll down the page and select NNEMAP (participants are listed alphabetically by state, so you have to scroll down a ways to find us)
3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the appropriate link to Confirm Payment (can choose PayPal or credit card)
4. Enter the required information and click the Donate Now button.
Congratulations! You have completed your donation!
We appreciate your consideration and shared dedication to alleviating hunger in our city. Thank you to CenturyLink and Clarke M. Williams Foundation for this generous program–and THANK YOU, especially, for helping NNEMAP take advantage of this tremendous fundraising opportunity!
Behind all of the visible work that NNEMAP Food Pantry and other nonprofit organizations do in their communities, there are people behind the scenes who take on the very real work of making it all possible. We call them board members. With the new year, NNEMAP is saying goodbye to three talented and valued board members as their terms expire.
Jon Bennett served as NNEMAP Board President during a time of tremendous change. The very makeup of the board transformed from a large group to a small governing board, a complex transition but one necessary for the long-term success of the pantry. Bennett’s tenure as President also saw the organization’s purchase of its first permanent facility, which represented a huge step forward for NNEMAP. Bennett served as Past President for 2016 and will continue to volunteer as a client interviewer.
NNEMAP’s new building came with many challenges. As chair of the Technology, Facilities and Equipment Committee, Bill Blackburn helped us meet those challenges head-on. Blackburn facilitated upgrades to the building’s electrical system; coordinated the construction of a larger entry door to accommodate deliveries; and contributed countless hours to the maintenance and improvement of the facility.
Susi Blackford steps down from the board and Governance Committee after several years of service. Like Bennett, she has witnessed and helped implement tremendous organizational changes during her tenure. “My decade plus years of serving as a volunteer at NNEMAP Pantry have passed in the blink of an eye,” Blackford says. “The changes that have taken place allowed us to serve two and one half times more hungry clients than before,” she continues. “Although I am stepping aside as a Board member I will continue to serve and support NNEMAP,” Blackford pledges. “It is still my mission to do my part in helping feed the hungry in our midst.”
NNEMAP Food Pantry could not exist without the dedication and service of its volunteer board members. With great gratitude, we thank Jon Bennett, Bill Blackford and Susi Blackford for their immense contributions to the success of the organization. They are the everyday heroes who makes things possible.
NNEMAP is always seeking talented members of the community to fill roles on its Board of Directors and committees. To find out how you can contribute, e-mail email@example.com today!
Have you been lying awake nights, wondering how you could ever find a way to volunteer at NNEMAP? Working full time and managing the household is a handful–and then some. Who can find the time to volunteer during the week? With limited pantry service hours, it’s not easy to make your busy work week schedule match up with ours.
But we heard your cry in the night. It sounded like this: “Can we volunteer on Saturdays?!?”
We are here to answer YES! Yes, you can volunteer on Saturdays!
Every Saturday, NNEMAP opens its doors to provide fresh produce and bread to clients who live within our service area ZIP codes. Just like a normal pantry weekday, volunteers are needed to help clients check in, shop for their food, load up and head out. Other volunteers keep food stocked up or work on other projects as needed and as time permits.
The pantry is open for produce mart shoppers from 11am until 1pm. Volunteer shifts begin at 10:00am and end around 1pm. To find out how you can volunteer on Saturday mornings, click here or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Thanks–and you’re welcome. We’re glad we could find a way for you to volunteer with us at a time convenient for you!
I know, I know, Christmas in August is one of the farthest things from your minds, but-t-t, now is the time to begin planning for the NNEMAP Children’s Christmas Store gifting in December.
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church has sponsored this program over the past three years. Gifts of toys from St. Andrew members, along with generous donations from other churches, groups, and individuals, have made Christmas happy for many children 1-15 years of age. St. Andrew, along with several other churches, has done a great job, but more help is needed. Last year we served over 700 kids and the need continues to grow.
This is why we are asking everyone interested to help provide gifts for NNEMAP kids. For those who don’t like to shop, a monetary gift is also much appreciated. We are giving this “Heads Up” to you so that you can get an early start for fall planning.
For more information on how you can help, please contact Susi Blackford via e-mail at email@example.com.
To provide a monetary donation in support of NNEMAP’s Christmas Gift drive, please send a check payable to
NNEMAP, Inc. c/o Jim Brown, Board Treasurer
PO Box 10614
Columbus, OH 43201
Please indicate “Christmas” in the memo so that we may apply your donation according to your wishes.
On behalf of the hundreds of kids looking forward to a happy holiday, NNEMAP says THANK YOU and