We had an amazing time planning and executing the first Valentine’s Luncheon Event at UMD.
We prepared an Italian style Meal on Feb 14, 2020.
Our team of volunteers was able to cook and serve a meal for 75 people from the homeless community and were able to have a great experience networking with each other while doing so. We set up the room, covered the tables and decorated to make the experience complete.
We were able to send our founder to participate in the Point in Time Count night in Durham, NC. This is a program that has volunteers team up with local law enforcement to count the members of the homeless population residing in unsheltered environments. These places can be local parks, abandoned parking lots, buildings, etc. The count is done to help with accounting for people for the census and it helps with funding for services to help with the homeless population in the city/state. This count is done at night every year in Durham, NC.
Teams are able to go out with blankets, gift cards and other information to assist the people that are found throughout the night.
Here are some photos from that night. Our founder with a team was able to help identify 2 people that needed assistance and give information to those people to help them seek out housing and various services.
WE were able to prepare and serve our first annual holiday breakfast buffet at UMD in Durham, NC. We served an amazing meal to 175 people from the homeless population in Durham, NC.
We also had a special guest DJ Mr. Tobias “Mayor” Morrison providing a Holiday mix soundtrack for the event.
Of course, none of this would be possible without an amazing group of volunteers.
WE had a chance to “pop up” in Greensboro, NC at the Pathways House to serve a delicious meal to the residents of the family shelter. We prepared enough food for 50 people. It was great chance to engage with people in another location as well as grow our volunteer base. We also took a tour of the facility and engaged with the staff. We can’t wait to return.
WE were able to hit the road and do a “Pop up” in Charlotte, NC at UMC Charlotte August 17, 2019. This was a great time as we were able to do our first ever “sandwich shop”, this concept allows patrons to get 3 sandwiches, soup, chips, drinks, ice cream, as their meal in a nice environment.
We were able to serve 200 people and it was an amazing experience. As we were in a new city we were able to grow our volunteer base and work with some great people that had never worked with us before.
As you know we can’t do anything without our volunteers.
WE decided to do our first ever “Restaurant Night” at UMD in Durham, NC on April 27, 2019. This was a special occasion as we covered the tables and decorated with some amazing balloon decorations to provide a restaurant feel. For the patrons from the homeless community we had entertainment provided by a featured a string quartet from The Durham Symphony Orchestra.
We prepared and served a nice meal to 198 people from the homeless population with the help of some amazing volunteers.
Every nonprofit starts off with an idea and a dream. Our founder has believed in community service her entire life. One day she woke up and decided to start organizing projects and events to help out in the community and that is where we were born. Prior to organizing as a foundation, she setup a few events in the Durham, NC community and realized that she could do these events in different towns across the state of NC. A few of those events are highlighted below.
On August 17, 2017, our founder decided to organize a Spaghetti Dinner at UMD Durham for 200 people. She didn’t know where the donations would come from or if people would even help the cause, but she set out to complete her goal and started asking her friends to help. They all came with donations and to help out and the concept of preparing large meals to feed the homeless/ hungry population became something that she knew that she could do.
As the first event was a success our founder decided to try another style of event this time preparing food as if it was a “cookout”, this went over very well. On one night in March of 2018 her team of volunteers served 230 people at UMD in Durham, NC
As the cookout style was a “hit” our founder tried it again. The goal was to feed 200 people and the numbers came in at 182 people served and fed on this great day in August of 2018.
When something works and you know how to execute it well, you keep doing it. Our founder found something that she was good at doing. That was serving in the community and bringing people together.
One thing is for sure, you don’t have to be a foundation to serve people, but we are glad that we took the time to organize this foundation to help serve across NC and in the future, figure out how to “pop up” all over the United States of America.
OH, but we can’t forget, none of this would be possible without volunteers and donations!