Nonprofit Spotlight: Hosea Feed the Hungry
Location: Atlanta, GA
Chief Executive Officer: Elisabeth Omilami
Mission:To examine and then raise public awareness about the many problems facing families and individuals that are living in poverty or are at-risk of slipping into poverty, and then to mobilize products, volunteers and financial resources to solve those problems, or to ease the burden that those problems cause.
Why is Hosea Feed the Hungry being profiled?
I first learned of Hosea Feed the Hungry through my mother. She loves the organization and annually volunteers at their Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, two of their largest outreach efforts to serve those individuals living in poverty.
On these two holidays, including the addition of Easter and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the organization and over 1,500 volunteers provide a seven course meal, hot showers, barbers and beauticians, children activities and services, clothing distribution, medical services, legal aid counseling, free cell phones and much more. With so many opportunities and services, there are multiple opportunities for volunteers to assist in making these events a success. While these are important, Hosea Feed the Hungry provides services on a daily.
Since 2012, Hosea Feed the Hungry has served:
- · Grocery Distribution: 3,274
- · Financial Assistance: 152
- · Homeless Outreach: 7,200
- · Disaster Relief: 46
- · Furniture Distribution: 206
- · Book Bags: 1,800
- · Volunteer Hours: 10,000
Programs and areas of service:
- · Homeless Prevention
- · The Day Center
- · Families Care and Crisis Center
- · Seniors
- · Back to School
- · International Outreach
- · Children’s Christmas Party
- · The Labor of Love
Hosea Feed the Hungry makes a great match for Millennials looking to volunteer or donate to a local nonprofit.
Millennials can volunteer at one of the many annual events hosted by the organization, utilizing their professional skills or providing general assistance. Looking to do something with your friends instead? Hosea will provide you with the information necessary to host your clothing or food drive.
Hosea also makes it easy for the Millennial to be a donor. With monthly giving, a Millennial wishing to make a large gift can do so gradually over the course of a period of time. Looking to donate $100 but can’t do it all at the same time? No problem! With small monthly donations of $10, those monthly donations could add up to $120 over the course of a year. Through this method, the Millennial can make a small donation each month without putting a dent in the weekend fund and even increase the amount they had planned to donate.
The organization also accepts in-kind donations, making it easy for the Millennial who may not be able to give a monetary gift, but has some gently used clothing items that may be of use to someone else.
Still not able to give right now? No worry. Hosea Feed the Hungry is currently competing for funding from the 2013 Aetna Voices of Health funding – an initiative celebrating the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. First place wins $30,000 and second place wins $20,000. Hosea is in third place. Voting ends October 20, so vote now!
Be sure to check Hosea Feed the Hungry and let me know what you think. Have you volunteered with them before and want to share your experience? Do you know of another outstanding nonprofit in your community that should be profiled on Jerome’ Blogs? If so, please share your experience or comments below.
*Hosea Feed the Hungry logo and picture are not my own. Source, Yahoo Image.