One Life Matters
Villages of Hope has served over 100 lives in transitional care in 10 years! On a daily basis, we serve young adults, many with children of their own, who have aged out of foster care or would be otherwise homeless. If no one takes action these youth will be left with little hope and destined to struggle.
As with everyone, our youth have definite needs throughout the year. Our goal is to help this vulnerable population, ages 18-25, successfully bridge into adulthood by not only providing for their physical needs in a safe transitional environment, but by also providing the experiences and life-skills needed to be thriving, contributing members of the community. Our One Life Campaign empowers the community to take action. On average, 1 in 4 emancipated youth will experience PTSD. Together, we will meet the physical, emotional and developmental needs of the youth in our care.
Every gift that you give will be matched (on a dollar-for-dollar basis) by our One Life Matching Fund Sponsors.
Will you consider providing hope today?
MATCHING FUND SPONSORS
Berlin Family Foundation
John & Bobbi Erbey
Free Family Foundation
Tom & Kathleen Lane
Cheri & Gordon Martin
Mickey & Brenda Nocera
Psalmonds Family Foundation
(Joe & Angie Psalmonds/Amy Richardson/Jaimee Viola)
Aged out foster youth and at-risk youth over 18 years old run a 30% risk of struggling with homelessness, 55% are unemployed, 60% become pregnant or incarcerated within 12-18 months of leaving structured care, and a staggering 63% do not complete high school. Villages of Hope provides a continuum of care for these at-risk youth transitioning into healthy adulthood. We have created a unique environment which allows for healing, growth, education, development and independence.
By participating in our One Life campaign, you are coming along side us in our mission to provide a foundation, develop skills, gifts and talents, and model what it looks like to be a thriving member of our community. Your support directly impacts our future and our community. Every contribution perpetuates a legacy of hope and life.
Here is how your involvement and investment can have a specific impact
$80 Educational Support
$60 Welcome Basket
$200 Initial Independence
$75 Emergency Food Costs
$100 New Bedding
$150 Independent Living Training
We believe that each person can play their own special role in our One Life Challenge, bringing their own personal gifts and talents to the table to help our young adults! One way you can do this is by creating your own fundraiser!
Here are some examples of One Life fundraisers that you can create:
Spirit Day– Employees donate money to wear their favorite sports jersey or jeans to work!
Check In on Facebook– Have guests check into your business location on Facebook and donate a portion of their membership, purchase price, etc.
Shop & Dine for Hope– Retailers and restaurants donate proceeds or tips!
Individual & Corporate Giving– Donate through a payroll deduction that your company will match!
In Lieu of– Donate instead of party gifts!
Party with a Purpose– Create your own gathering (home, office, etc.)!
In Memoriam – Donate on behalf of a loved one!
Lemonade Stand– Kids can get involved too!
Choose the Punishment – Have donors pay $1 a vote to decide which form of “punishment” to inflict on your organization’s leader (i.e. dye hair, dress as a clown, trade a job for a day)!
Strike Gold– Participants ask friends and family to donate old jewelry and turn the gold in for cash!
50/50 Raffle– Sell raffle tickets and offer half of the proceeds as prizes!
Karaoke Style– Have participants raise pledges for their commitment to lip-sync and sell tickets to the performance!
Working at the Car Wash– Coordinate group members to wash cars in a high traffic location for donations!
It Tastes so Sweet– Get baked goods donated to sell at a large event like a dance or basketball game!
Another Man’s Treasure– Collect gently used items from group members to be sold at a yard sale!
Make the Grade– Have students get pledges for “A’s” and “B’s” at the beginning of a quarter and collect the donations after report card time!
Change It– Start a competition between classes, families or individuals by giving them each a coin jar to collect change for a designated amount of time. The one with the most collected wins a prize!
Skip a Meal– Sponsors commit to giving up a meal together and give the money saved to the designated cause!
Holiday Shop– Collect new and gently used items from your volunteers and resell them in gift baskets at a holiday shop!
Make a Donation– Any monetary donation will also be doubled!