2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Results Report

HOPE worldwide volunteers and partners answer Dr. King’s question, “What are you doing for others?” by serving in 24 states

Wayne, PA – Volunteers across the country have spoken with their hard work rather than just words to promote the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Volunteers in the Northeast witnessed the lingering devastation and emotional toll from Super Storm Sandy and tried to connect victims with resources. Other volunteers throughout the U.S. took to the streets to help reduce deaths and injuries from home fires, our nation’s top disaster threat. More than 8,500 volunteers served over 54,200 hours in 24 states through 148 projects coordinated by HOPE worldwide Chapters, American Red Cross, partnering chapters and 6 organizations who were awarded grants from HOPE worldwide through funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

HOPE worldwide Chapters collaborated with the American Red Cross to participate for the sixth consecutive year in the Fire Preparedness Outreach program. The 2013 MLK Day efforts are expected to reach homes in more than 60 cities with critical fire safety and preparedness information. Chapters involved with the Red Cross-sponsored program used data from local fire departments to identify neighborhoods with high rates of home fires. Once areas were targeted, chapters mobilized their volunteers to distribute home fire prevention information and engage in conversations about home fire safety with residents. Other additional service projects included helping neighborhoods clean up after Super Storm Sandy, feeding the homeless, painting schools and recreation centers in lower income neighborhoods and blood drives.

This year 22 organizations were awarded grants to lead fire prevention education projects in neighborhoods at risk for home fires. HOPE worldwide, one of six National Service Team Leaders for the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, was funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service to engage more than 6,000 volunteers in the “Protecting Our Neighbors” campaign. Volunteers reached out to their neighbors to help avoid deaths and injuries from home fires. In Lakeland, Florida, a retired firefighter from Massachusetts, heard about the project through a local newspaper. His experience proved invaluable as he enthusiastically shared important fire safety tips with families in a low income community.

HOPE worldwide was one of 100 U.S. charities chosen by the President's Inaugural Committee to present our organization's work on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 19, 2013. Pam Luckett, Chapter Director, and the Mid Atlantic Chapter headed up efforts for the organization along with support from the Northern and Southern Virginia HOPE worldwide Chapters.

The Central New Jersey and Tri-State Chapters of HOPE worldwide focused on rebuilding and restoring neighborhoods devastated by Super Storm Sandy as one part of their service opportunities. More than 500 volunteers stepped up to serve the greatest needs on Staten Island and in New Jersey. Many who needed assistance were seniors or widows. Volunteers were moved by the challenges homeowners shared. One family uses a ladder to get into the second floor of their home because the first floor was inaccessible due to storm damage. Another family could not use their front door because of all the sand, which volunteers removed. Residents were amazed at how much was accomplished. One elderly woman told the volunteers, "I was skeptical when I received your call, because we have had many people promise help over the last few months, but no one ever actually helped …until today" Another woman said, "I cried tears of gratitude all day."

Antonio Boyd, Vice President of Community Services, congratulated those who participated, saying, "Each year HOPE worldwide volunteers to answer the call of service to their neighbors on MLK Day. I am especially proud of the over 8,500 volunteers who answered Dr. King’s urgent question, ‘What are you doing for others?’ in an incredible way this holiday."

Additional HOPE worldwide MLK Day of Service projects are planned over the next few weeks, for updates and to learn more about HOPE worldwide and its work during the MLK Day of Service in 2013, please visit www.hopeww.org. For more information about the national day of service and the King Holiday and Service Act, please visit www.mlkday.gov.

 


2013 HOPE worldwide Government, Corporate, and Community Partners and Sponsors

Ace Hardware
Advance Financial
Alachua County Fire Department
Alachua County Sheriff's Office
Alec Lynn
Allstate Insurance
Amateur Radio Emergency Service
American Red Cross
American Red Cross Blood Drive
American Red Cross of King and Kitsap Counties
American Red Cross of North Central Florida
American Red Cross Polk County Chapter
American Red Cross-North Texas Region
Aurora Fire Dept.
Awaken Baltimore- Mayor Stephanie Rawlings
Blake Faith Based Initiative
Boston Church of Christ
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities
Broward County Florida School Board
Brutontown Community Center
Central Jersey Church of Christ
Central Valley Church of Christ
Central Valley Cyber Kiwanis
Centro Internacional Raleigh
Charlotte Mecklenburg Fire Department
Cherry Creek School Districts
City of Charlotte, NC
City of Hollywood Florida Parks and Recreation Department
City of Jacksonville, FL
City of Reno
Classic Soccer
Clean Ocean Action
CNCS
College Place Fire Department
Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc. (CHAI)
County of Kings
Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity
Dallas Fire-Rescue Department
Dell
Denver Church of Christ
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
Durham Fire Department
Eastern Hill Fire Academy
Einstein Bagels
El Centro Internacional


ElderPoint Ministries
Elijah Cummings Youth Program (ECYP)
Emmet Reed Community Center
Erie Insurance
Farmworker Ministry of Mullberry, Inc
Fort Worth Fire Department
Fred Lippman Community Center
Girl Scouts
Greater Carolinas Chapter Red Cross
Habitat for Humanity
Hands On Jacksonville
Hands On New Orleans
Hands On Portland
Hanford Fire Department
Hickory Hill Community Center
Home Depot
Hope for Healing
House of Bread
Interstate All Battery Center
Ionia County Youth Advisory Council
John Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health
John Welsh School
Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health
Youth Advisory Counsel
Jr. League of Baton Rouge
Kay Gaither Community Center
Kmart
Knoxville City - Office on Neighborhoods
Krispy Kreme
KSB Café
Lowes
MaliVai Washington Community Center
Martin Luther King Center
Mayor Karl Dean's Impact Nashville Initiative
Memphis Fire Department
Memphis Police Department
MLK National Park Service
Morrison’s Silkscreen & Embroidery
Mount Rainier Chapter of the Red Cross
Nashville Fire Department
NE Florida Chapter American Red Cross
New Orleans and Baton Rouge Fire Departments
New Orleans Church of Christ
New York City Church of Christ
Nicholas House
North Texas Poison Center
Oklahoma City Fire Department

Operation Brick Food Relief
Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC)
Qdoba Mexican Grill
Raleigh Fire Department
Ralph's
Reno Fire Department
Roanoke Fire-EMS
Roanoke Police Department
Ronald McDonald House
Rotary Club of Hanford
Rotary Park Camp Program
Rural Metro Fire Department
Saint Frances Academy Community Center
Saint Frances/Cosby Community Center
Santa Fe High School
Seattle Church of Christ
Shamar Entertainment
Shore Points Christian Church
Simmons YMCA
South Sound Church of Christ
Star Hill Baptist Church- Keenagers
Starbucks
Subway
Tacoma Fire Department
Tarrant County Sheriff Department
The Clinton Global Initiative
The Hanford Sentinel
The Office of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake
The Sustainable Living Center
Trader Joe's
U.S. Navel Cadets
United Way
University of Central Oklahoma Nursing Program
Veterans Administration
Volunteers in service to the Elderly (VISTE)
Vons
Walla Walla Fire Department
Walmart
Washington Park Community Center
Washington State History Museum
Whitman College
YMCA
YMCA of Broward County
Young Marines    

 2013 Service Projects

Atlanta, GA
HOPE worldwide - Atlanta Chapter

Baltimore, MD
HOPE worldwide - Baltimore Chapter

Boston, MA
HOPE worldwide - Boston Chapter

Charlotte, NC
HOPE worldwide - Charlotte Chapter

Dallas, TX
HOPE worldwide - Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter

Denver, CO
HOPE worldwide - Denver Chapter

Fresno, CA
HOPE worldwide Fresno

Gainesville, FL
HOPE worldwide - Gainesville Chapter

Greenville, SC
HOPE worldwide - Greenville Chapter

Hollywood, FL
City of Hollywood Fire Rescue and Beach Safety Department

Houston, TX
HOPE worldwide - Houston Chapter

Ionia, MI
Ionia county Intermediate School District

Jackson, MS
HOPE worldwide - Jackson Chapter

Jacksonville, FL
HOPE worldwide Jacksonville Chapter

Knoxville, TN
American Red Cross, Knoxville Chapter

Lakeland, FL
Camp Fire Sunshine Council

Lexington, KY
HOPE worldwide - Lexington Chapter

Los Angeles, CA
HOPE worldwide - Southern California Chapter

Memphis, TN
HOPE worldwide - Memphis Chapter

Minneapolis, MN
HOPE worldwide Minneapolis Chapter

Nashville, TN - Hands On Nashville, Inc.

New Orleans, LA – Red Cross South Louisiana Region

New York Metro Area, NY/NJ
HOPE worldwide Tri-State Chapter

Northern Virginia, VA
HOPE worldwide Northern Virginia Chapter

Oklahoma City, OK
HOPE worldwide Oklahoma City Chapter

Omaha, NE
HOPE worldwide - Omaha Chapter

Orlando, FL
HOPE worldwide - Orlando Chapter

Philadelphia, PA
HOPE worldwide Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Portland, OR
HOPE worldwide - Portland Chapter

Raleigh, NC
American Red Cross Triangle Region

Reno, NV
HOPE worldwide - Reno Chapter

Roanoke, VA
HOPE worldwide - Roanoke Valley Chapter

Seattle, WA
HOPE worldwide - Washington Chapter

Silver Springs, MD
HOPE worldwide - Mid-Atlantic Chapter

Spokane, WA
HOPE worldwide - Spokane Chapter

Walla Walla, WA – Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) AmeriCorps

 































Atlanta, GA – HOPE worldwide - Atlanta Chapter - (1/19/2013 and 1/21/2013)

  • 4 projects
  • 4 service locations
  • 110 volunteers
  • 550 hours served
  • Description of service project: HOPE worldwide Atlanta volunteers served by taking part in a landscape clean-up project at The Nicholas House, a shelter for homeless families; canvassing the Vine City community with fire safety information; ushering at the King Center; and working at the American Red Cross Warehouse Distribution Center.
  • Highlight from event: It was inspiring to hear Bernice King, CEO of MLK Center, speak of her father’s legacy.
  • Partners or sponsors: Martin Luther King Center, The Nicholas House, MLK National Park Service

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    Baltimore, MD - HOPE worldwide - Baltimore Chapter - (1/19/2013 and 1/21/2013)
  • 3 projects
  • 3 service locations
  • 128 volunteers
  • 260 hours served
  • Description of service project: Volunteers performed play to reinforce reading for elementary students as well as cleaning and painting a local community center.
  • Highlight from event: The Mayors office had no plans for a post parade event this year up until 2 weeks before MLK Day. When the idea of promoting the Mayors Third Grade Reads initiative through the faith based community came up, the first group they called to help create an engaging program at such short notice was HOPE worldwide Baltimore. Having just produced a HOPE worldwide Story Tree Gang skit called “Read A Book” for the Baltimore Books Festival months before, HOPE worldwide Baltimore was able to pull a cast of teens and preteens together to do an outstanding presentation. The HOPE worldwide Story Tree Gang has been asked to continue to campaign this cause of improved reading skills and reading partners for at risk 1st and 2nd graders along with the Mayor’s office at additional upcoming events.
  • The Door is a community center with a 26 year history of serving families and youth in east Baltimore. Our HOPE worldwide volunteers worked side by side with a Howard University Alumni club and the Youth Advisory Counsel of Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health to clean and paint this facilities bathrooms and library. HOPE worldwide Baltimore also welcomed our youngest HOPE volunteers to create a MLK mural to be on display for the after school program as a gift from our kids to theirs. Our youngest volunteers taking the baton and carrying on the dream were 3 and 4 years old.
  • Partners or sponsors: Saint Frances/Cosby Community Center, Johns Hopkin Center for Adolescent Health Youth Advisory Counsel, The Office of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake

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Boston, MA - HOPE worldwide - Boston Chapter - (1/19/2013)

  • 2 projects
  • 5 service locations
  • 570 volunteers
  • 20,280 hours served
  • Description of service project: Volunteers implemented the Fire Prevention Program in 5 cities in Brockton, Dorchester, Lawrence  Lowell and Framingham, MA. We also focused on helping members of our communities with disabilities.
  • Partners or sponsors: American Red Cross,Boston Church of Christ, Home Depot

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Charlotte, NC – HOPE worldwide - Charlotte Chapter - (1/12/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 1 service locations
  • 100 volunteers
  • 460 hours served
  • Description of service project: Volunteers recieved training at the Simmons YMCA for our MLK Day of Service Fire Safety Project. Then volunteers went into neighborhoods selected by the Charlotte Meck Fire Department and had face-to-face contact with residents regarding fire safety. Door hangers were left behind.
  • Partners or sponsors: Simmons YMCA , Charlotte Mecklenburg Fire Department, City of Charlotte, Greater Carolinas Chapter Red Cross

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Dallas, TX – HOPE worldwide - Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter - (1/19/2013 and 1/21/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 6 service locations
  • 475 volunteers
  • 1,479 hours served
  • Description of service project: Installed 400 smoke detectors with Dallas Fire-Rescue Department, distributed fire prevention door hangers in Dallas and Fort Worth neighborhoods and engaged the residents in conversations on fire safety tips, and conducting three fire prevention safety fairs in Dallas, Ft. Worth and Abilene.
  • Partners or sponsors: American Red Cross-North Texas Region, Tarrant County Sheriff Department, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, Dallas Fire-Rescue Department, Fort Worth Fire Department, North Texas Poison Center, Eastern Hill Fire Academy

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Denver, CO - HOPE worldwide - Denver Chapter - (1/19/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 11 service location
  • 280 volunteers
  • 1120 hours served
  • Description of service project: Distributed fire safety information to neighborhoods with high incidents of home fires.
  • Partners or sponsors: Red Cross, Cherry Creek School Districts, CNCS, Ace Hardware, Denver Church of Christ, Qdoba Mexican Grill,
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Aurora Fire Dept.

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Fresno, CA - HOPE worldwide Fresno - (1/19/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 1 service location
  • 103 volunteers
  • 405 hours served
  • Description of service project: Volunteers canvassed the Fire Management Area between 10th Ave. and 11th Ave. (east to west) and Grangeville and Fargo (north to south) in Hanford, CA by going door-to-door to provide residents with educational pamphlets on installing and testing smoke detectors.
  • Partners or sponsors: Hanford Fire Department, Central Valley Cyber Kiwanis, Rotary Club of Hanford, Central Valley Church of Christ, Classic Soccer, Walmart, The Hanford Sentinel, Lowes, County of Kings, Kmart, Morrison’s Silkscreen & Embroidery and
  • Subway

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Gainesville, FL - HOPE worldwide - Gainesville Chapter - (1/21/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 1 service location
  • 96 volunteers
  • 136 hours served
  • Description of service project: The Linton Oaks Community, a low-SEC community with substantial Section 8 housing, was the target population for our event. In the morning, lead volunteers walked throughout the community, going door-to-door inviting the neighbors to the event that afternoon, as well as offering some basic fire prevention information. More volunteers showed up than expected, therefore, they were creative and came up with an additional service activity: again, volunteers walked throughout the communities and picked up trash along the street and in the few small playgrounds that were available to the local adolescents. A fire truck came to the event, as well.
  • Partners or sponsors: Alachua County Fire Department, Alachua County Sheriff's Office, and the American Red Cross of North Centra Florida.

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Greenville, SC - HOPE worldwide - Greenville Chapter–(1/19/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 1 service location
  • 40 volunteers
  • 120 hours served
  • Description of service project: Canvassed neighborhoods with fire prevention information.
  • Highlight from event: One of the highlights of the event is when Red Cross volunteers were so moved by the enthusiasm and zeal of the HOPE worldwide volunteers that they wanted to know how they could participate in future HOPEww projects
  • Partners or sponsors: Brutontown Community Center

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Hollywood, FL – City of Hollywood Fire Rescue and Beach Safety Department– (1/15/2013 – 1/20/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 11 service locations
  • 215 volunteers
  • 650 hours served
  • Description of service project: Fire Prevention Public Education Presentations were provided at 3 High School assemblies, 2 Elementary schools, 1 Elder Care program, 2 after school programs, 1 camp program and the City's MLK Fun Day Celebration and MLK Memorial Service. City fire fighters completed a fire prevention public education presentation at Rotary Park for camp children. In addition, 350 smoke detectors and batteries were distributed in conjunction with this Fire Prevention campaign.
  • Partners or sponsors: City of Hollywood Florida Parks and Recreation Department, Broward County Florida School Board, YMCA of Broward County, Washington Park Community Center, Fred Lippman Community Center, Kay Gaither Community Center, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Rotary Park Camp Program

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Houston, TX – HOPE worldwide - Houston Chapter (1/19/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 3 service locations
  • 261 volunteers
  • Description of service project: Focused on educating the communities of Corpus Christi, Harlingen and Houston on the importance of disaster prepardness. Volunteers had conversations with 1,754 individuals and distributed 4,343 ARC fire safety door hangers.

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Ionia, MI – Ionia county Intermediate School District – (1/11/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 1 service location
  • 47 volunteers
  • 104 hours served
  • Description of service project: Over 40 students from Belding, Ionia, Portland, Lakewood, Saranac and Lowell High School (members of the Ionia County Youth Advisory Council) received fire prevention/safety training from First-Responder Alec Lynn.
  • Partners or sponsors: Ionia County Youth Advisory Council and Ionia County Public Safety First-Responder Alec Lynn

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Jackson, MS – HOPE worldwide - Jackson Chapter - (1/19/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 1 service location
  • 8 volunteers
  • 24 hours served
  • Description of service project: The Jackson, MS Hopeww Chapter enjoyed a beautiful, almost spring like, morning, of walking through key neighorhoods designated by the Capitol River American Red Cross as 'high risk' areas for household fires. Everyone involved described having conversations with people in the neighborhood who were thankful and encouraged to receive materials providing them with practical information to use for protecting their home and loved ones against fire.
  • Partners or sponsors: American Red Cross

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Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Chapter - (Saturday 1/19/2013)

  • 4 projects
  • 1 service locations
  • 88 volunteers
  • 294 hours served
  • Description of service project: Distributed fire safety door hangers canvassing in high risk neighborhoods, partnering with the Fire departments.
  • Highlight from event: Volunteers were enthusiastic and inspired as they went door-to-door sharing the fire prevention message.
  • Partners or sponsors: NE Florida Chapter American Red Cross, Shamar Entertainment, Hands On Jacksonville, MaliVai Washington Community Center, Emmet Reed Community Center, City of Jacksonville

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Knoxville, TN – American Red Cross, Knoxville Chapter – (1/19/2013 and 1/21/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 33 service locations
  • 217 volunteers
  • 542 hours served
  • Description of service project: Volunteers canvassed neighborhoods to distribute vital Fire Prevention information (door hangers and coloring books) and engaged in conversation about preparedness.
  • Partners or sponsors: Erie Insurance, Rural Metro Fire Department, Knoxville City - Office on Neighborhoods

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Lakeland, FL – Camp Fire Sunshine Council - (1/21/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 70 service locations
  • 105 volunteers
  • 630 hours served
  • Description of service project: The project began with a kickoff ceremony, here the volunteers were introduced to theadministrative team, read quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., then broke into groups. Each team dispersed into the community, and inspected smoke detectors, replaced the batteries or smoke detectors if needed, and discussed the importance of having an emergency fire escape plan with the residents of the households visited.
  • Highlight of the event: One of the volunteers, a retired firefighter from Massachusetts, heard about the project through a local newspaper. He gave very useful fire safety tips to a neighborhood of migrant farm workers.
  • Partners or sponsors: Volunteers in service to the Elderly (VISTE), ElderPoint Ministries , Farmworker Ministry of Mullberry, Inc., American Red Cross Polk County Chapter, Interstate All Battery Center

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Lexington, KY – HOPE worldwide - Lexington Chapter - (1/21/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 1 service location
  • 15 volunteers
  • 30 hours served
  • Highlight from event: The volunteers cleaned and organized the Ronald McDonald House for families who have children in the
  • hospital. The families were encouraged by the interaction.
  • Partners or sponsors: Ronald McDonald House

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Los Angeles, CA - HOPE worldwide - Southern California Chapter - (1/18/2013 – 1/20/2013)

  • 28 projects
  • 1 service locations
  • 2,573 volunteers
  • 12,101 hours served
  • Description of service project: Served at Long Beach Veteran’s Affairs Center. Visited patients, painted curbs, planted 5,000 square feet of sod, replanted 400x20 foot median, organized offices, painted office and out buildings. Canvassing maps and American Red Cross Fire Prevention door hangers were provided. Over 40 volunteers handed out about 1000 fire safety prevention door hangers. About 40 volunteers met and made encouraging cards and brought homemade desserts and also stuffed goodie bags with candy. We taped volunteers (adults and children) sharing "Why they liked to serve!". We delivered all the cards, desserts and goodie bags to the senior center for them to enjoy at their leisure. In addition, cards and goodie bags were placed on each residents private door. All residents were invited to the recreation room to enjoy the homemade desserts at their leisure. At Loyola Marymount College, 20 HOPE worldwide volunteers e served in a Peace4kids event. There were foster kids at the event and it focused on career development. Volunteers presented career options to the children based on their job experiences.


In Orange County, a total of 302 volunteers served with these local organizations to meet a variety of community needs:

  • Mercy House (Fullerton)
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Think Together : Book Doctors
  • Grandma's House of Hope
  • OC Food Bank
  • Mercy House (Santa Ana)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Highlight from event: We were able to meet and encourage many veteran's in Long Beach. The volunteers spent time with them and gave them slippers and socks.
  • Partners or sponsors: Home Depot, Krispy Kreme, Vons, Ralphs, Trader Joes, American Red Cross, Veterans Administration, Presidential Innaguration Committee

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Memphis, TN - HOPE worldwide- Memphis Chapter - (1/19/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 1 service location
  • 89 volunteers
  • 493 hours served
  • Description of service project: Together, the Memphis Chapter of HOPE worldwide, the Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Memphis Fire Department went door-to-door inspecting and installing residential smoke alarms, replacing batterie and educating about fire safety.
  • Partners or sponsors: American Red Cross Memphis Fire Department Memphis Police Department Hickory Hill Community Center

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Minneapolis, MN - HOPE worldwide Minneapolis Cha- pter - (1/19/13 and 1/21/2013)

  • 3 projects
  • 3 service locations
  • 73 volunteers
  • 141 hours served
  • Description of service project: Volunteers worked at two Boys and Girls Club locations helping to beautify and clean their facilities. In addition, the Chapter conducted a blood drive.
  • Highlight from the event: This was a first time working with the Boys and Girls Clubs. Both locations were well prepared and in need of help with cleaning, window washing, carpet cleaning, painting and setting up of classroom areas. This was the best turn out for a Blood Drive on Sunday that we have had in four years. We donated 41 units of blood and far exceeded our goal.
  • Partners or sponsors: Presidential Inaugural Campaign (PIC), Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities, Red Cross Blood Drive

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Nashville, TN - Hands On Nashville, Inc. - (1/19/2013 and 1/21/2013)

  • 33 projects
  • 28 service locations
  • 700 volunteers
  • 2,100 hours served
  • Description of service project: A total of 33 projects took place at 28 fire stations across Nashville to honor firefighters. Projects  include the following: Prepped fire stations for painting, including light cleaning, and furniture arranging.
  • Partners or sponsors: Jackson National Life Insurance Company SUPPLY SPONSOR: Glidden Professional Paint Center; EVENT
  • PARTNERS: Nashville Fire Department, Mayor Karl Dean's Impact Nashville Initiative, HOPE worldwide/CNCS; EVENT SPONSOR: Advance Financial, McNeely Pigott and FOX Public Relations, Nashville Scene, Lighting 100, Team Green, Tennessee State University, Leadership Music

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New Orleans, LA – Red Cross South Louisiana Region- (1/19/2013 and 1/21/2013))

  • 1 project
  • 2 service location
  • 136 volunteers
  • 544 hours served
  • Description of service project: More than 100 volunteers joined American Red Cross staff and firefighters in New Orleans and Baton Rouge to spread the message of fire safety. Over 4,000 households received fire safety information and over 80 households received smoke detectors.
  • Partners or sponsors: New Orleans and Baton Rouge Fire Depts. HOPE worldwide, Hands On New Orleans, New Orleans Church, Jr. League of Baton Rouge, Star Hill Baptist Church Keenagers, U.S. Navel Cadets, United Way, Young Marines, and YMCA

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New York Metro Area, NY/NJ - HOPE worldwide Tri-State Chapter - (1/19/2013 and 1/20/2013)

  • 2 projects
  • 5 service location
  • 838 volunteers
  • 5,105 hours served

Description of service projects:

Hurricane Sandy Relief Project:

  • CENTRAL JERSEY - HOPE worldwide volunteers from Central Jersey cleaned, gutted and moved appliances in 38 homes. Most of the homeowners were seniors who more than two months after the storms still have not been able to clean up after the storm and some are living in homes without heat and moldy conditions.
  • STATEN ISLAND - HOPE worldwide and the New York City Church of Christ teamed with Project Hospitality, Occupy Sandy, the American Red Cross, and many other local non-profit organizations to conduct a door-to-door needs assessment survey to try and connect residents with organizations providing relief.

Fire Prevention Project:

  • NEWARK, NJ, LOWER WESTCHESTER, NY AND BRONX, NY – 307 volunteers went door to door talking to neighbors about ways to prevent home fires.
  • Highlights: Many of those we served were seniors or widows. Those who were not living alone had disabled or sick spouses. The emotional damage was heartbreaking. Kelly Baldwin, who together with her husband Keith led this event, shed many tears on the phone as she called homeowners to find out exactly what they needed. One man whose wife was disabled asked if someone could just give him a hug. Another family uses a ladder to get into the second floor of their home because the first floor is so damaged. Another family could not get in their front door because of all the sand, which we helped remove.The residents were incredibly grateful for the help provided. Many cried. Many told us that they were amazed at how much we accomplished. Several said they want to volunteer for HOPE worldwide themselves. One elderly woman said, "I was skeptical when I received your call, because we have had many people promise help over the last few months, but no one ever actually helped...until TODAY!" Another told us she "cried tears of gratitude all day." The cookie delivery visits from the Hope Scouts were a HUGE hit!
  • Partners or sponsors: Operation Brick Food Relief, Hope for Healing, Central Jersey Church of Christ, the Shore Points ChristianChurch, Clean Ocean Action, The Presidential Inaugural Committee, The Clinton Global Initiative and Allstate Insurance

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Northern Virginia, VA - HOPE worldwide Northern Virginia Chapter - (1/21/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 2 service locations
  • 64 volunteers
  • 307 hours served
  • Description of service project: HOPE worldwide Northern Virginia volunteers canvassed neighborhoods and visited 986 households with disaster prepardness information.
  • Partners or sponsors: American Red Cross, KSB Cafe

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Oklahoma City, OK - HOPE worldwide Oklahoma City Chapter - (1/19/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 1 service location
  • 120 volunteers
  • 540 hours served
  • Description of service project: Volunteers visited 1106 homes, distributed 904 door hangers, had 476 conversations about fire safety and installed approximately 80 smoke detectors.
  • Partners or sponsors: American Red Cross, Oklahoma City Fire Department, Dell, University of Central Oklahoma Nursing Program, Santa Fe High School and Presidential Inaugural Committee

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Omaha, NE – HOPE worldwide - Omaha Chapter - (1/20/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 1 service location
  • 100 volunteers
  • 400 hours served
  • Description of service project: Omaha Volunteers from Hope worldwide and the Omaha fire Department canvassed Omaha neighborhoods determined to be at high risk for fire and distributed American Red Cross flyers and talked with residents about fire safety and prevention.

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Orlando, FL - HOPE worldwide - Orlando Chapter - (1/29/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 150 volunteers
  • 650 hours served
  • Description of service project: Over 7000 pounds of non-perishable food items collected for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
    Partner: Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

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Philadelphia, PA - HOPE worldwide Greater Philadelphia Chapter - (1/21/2013)

  • 1 projects
  • 1 service location
  • 82 volunteers
  • 205 hours served
  • Description of service project: Volunteers served at John Welsh Elementary School painting, removing debris, cleaning, etc.
  • Highlight from event: The principal of the school was very moved and commented on the support and the enthusiasm of the volunteers.
  • Partners or sponsors: John Welsh School

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Portland, OR – HOPE worldwide - Portland Chapter - (1/19/2013)

  • 3 projects
  • 3 service locations
  • 45 volunteers
  • 146 hours served
  • Description of service project: The Portland Chapter of HOPE worldwide served with 3 community projects: a remodeling project at the YWCA; a litter clean-up project in the Northwest; and weatherizing homes for seniors and disabled individuals.
  • Partners or sponsors: Hands On Portland, United Way

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Raleigh, NC – American Red Cross Triangle Region – (1/19/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 9 service locations
  • 106 volunteers
  • 530 hours served
  • Description of service project: In Durham and Raleigh, 106 volunteers and staff visited 2,213 families distributinig 1,897door hangers with fire safety/prevention information and engaged in 753 fire safety conversations with members of the community.
  • Partners or sponsors: American Red Cross, Raleigh Fire Department, Durham Fire Department, El Centro Internacional, Centro Internacional Raleigh, Presidential Inaugural Committee

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Reno, NV – HOPE worldwide - Reno Chapter - (1/19/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 1 service location
  • 40 volunteers
  • 145 hours served
  • Description of service project: Volunteers canvassed areas of Reno, NV and provided fire safety and prevention information to residents.
  • Highlight from event: Although it was very small group, everyone was very excited to go out in the cold to provide information to help our community. Young children participated in the project and many folks were encouraged to open their doors and witness the children being taught the importance of participating in community service.
  • Partners or sponsors: City of Reno; Reno Fire Department; Starbucks; House of Bread; Einstein Bagels; Trader Joes

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Roanoke, VA – HOPE worldwide - Roanoke Valley Chapter - (1/21/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 1 service location
  • 78 volunteers
  • 234 hours served
  • Description of service project: This was Roanoke’s second year facilitating this project and the partnership with Roanoke ARC and Fire-EMS was strengthened. Approximately 227 houses were reached, by providing door hangers and additional information provided by the American Red Cross and fire department including flu prevention, child safety, disaster preparedness, and batteries for smoke detectors.
  • Partners or sponsors: American Red Cross, Roanoke Fire-EMS, Roanoke Police Department

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Seattle, WA - HOPE worldwide - Washington Chapter - (1/19/2013 and 1/20/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 3 service locations
  • 393 volunteers
  • 1,185 hours served
  • Description of service project: Volunteers came together at two sites to celebrate Dr. King's legacy with a day of service. The program showed videos from CNCS highlighting the importance of service, there was a brief training session and then the volunteers canvassed at-risk neighborhoods distributing information about Fire Safety and Prevention.
  • Partners or sponsors: The Red Cross of King and Kitsap Counties, Mount Rainier Chapter of the Red Cross, Tacoma Fire Department, Washington State History Museum, Seattle Church of Christ , South Sound Church of Christ,Girl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity.

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Silver Springs, MD – HOPE worldwide - Mid-Atlantic Chapter - (1/19/2013 and 1/21/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 1 service location
  • 250 volunteers
  • 1,250 hours served
  • Description of service project: Volunteers distributed fire safety information, including additional information from the local fire department on how to obtain smoke detectors, installation, testing and other safety measures. Partners or sponsors: American Red Cross

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Spokane, WA – HOPE worldwide - Spokane Chapter - (1/19/2013)

  • 1 project
  • 1 service locations
  • 27 volunteers
  • 216 hours served
  • Description of service project: The HOPE worldwide-Spokane Chapter teamed up with volunteers from Spokane Christian Church and Tri-Cities Christian Church and headed down to Kennewick, WA (TriCities) to help build three homes with Habitat for Humanity. Twenty-seven volunteers braved to chilly 34 degree weather to help serve these families who desperately needed shelter. Volunteers from Spokane rose early Saturday morning to arrive at the work site by 8:00 am, which is a three hour dive. The day was filled with friendship and joy as we worked throughout the day. I want to give many thanks to those who came out to help with this MLK event with the HOPE worldwide Spokane Chapter.
  • Partners or sponsors: Habitat for Humanity

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Walla Walla, WA – Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) AmeriCorps - (1/11/2013-1/21/13/2013)

  • 2 projects
  • 2 service locations
  • 440 volunteers
  • 1,067 hours served
  • Description of service project: The week before MLK Day, BMAC AmeriCorps and Whitman College volunteers canvassed in local neighborhoods. Volunteers passed out door hangers from the Walla Walla Fire Department to over 300 households, in English and Spanish.
  • Partners or sponsors: Whitman College, Walla Walla Fire Department, College Place Fire Department, American Red Cross, The Sustainable Living Center

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