Fill A Bag - Fill the Need
Names of Organizations & Contacts Involved Unified Health Solutions (Primary Sponsor) The Food Bank Inc. (Primary Recipient/Beneficiary) 100 partner Agencies of The Foodbank and 250 representatives from corporations, churches, Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts and other non-profits in Montgomery, Greene and Preble Counties in Ohio. Project Goal - Commemoration/Remembrance The entire UHS program on September 11, 2011 and the volunteer food collection effort prior to that day is designed to honor and pay tribute to the lives and legacies of the victims and heroes of 9/11 and honor the service and sacrifices of those who have responded since 9/11. Community Need For more than three decades, The Foodbank has served as the link for food relief in the Miami Valley. The Foodbank – the only one of its kind in the area – nourishes the hunger relief efforts of the community through the acquisition and distribution of food to the hungry throughout Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties. Over 5 million pounds of food are distributed to over 70,000 individuals each year (# is unduplicated). The Foodbank provides the infrastructure for nearly 100 member food banks & distribution centers that serve as the charitable food relief network in our area. Whether you are a senior citizen who can not afford prescriptions and food, a member of the “working poor” who have a job but do not earn enough to provide rent, clothing and food for your children or an employee of one of the many companies that has closed in recent years the food collected will become a lifesaver for some of the most vulnerable in our area and provide a great remembrance to pay tribute to the lives and legacies of the victims and heroes of 9/11 and honor the service of those who have come after 9/11. Recruiting & Training Volunteers Use current database for tracking recruitment, placement, and usage of volunteer time Use current evaluation standards for volunteers to achieve objectives Use polling practices with supervisors and others re volunteer efforts Use current Volunteer Feedback System designed to improve their experience Use job descriptions for volunteer positions and refine as needed Recruit volunteers via outreach to community using website and social media Add a link to our website allowing potential volunteers to connect via the internet Train each volunteer using UHS experienced staff as instructors Volunteer Engagement Total TOTAL number of volunteers 250 to 500 TOTAL number of volunteer leaders 25 to 50 ADULTS Volunteers 30% YOUTH Volunteers (under the age of 23) 70% Project Details Unified Health Solutions (UHS) has been in business for 45 years and each year we involve volunteers (2008 recruited 182 volunteers who contributed 588 hours of service; 2009 recruited 200 volunteers; 2010 recruited over 300 volunteers). Activities included "Make a Difference Day", a Martin Luther King Day March and Activities and managed numerous donation days which supplied food and clothing for all the homeless shelters, adults (Gateway and Apple Street) and teens (Daybreak) and St. Vincent DePaul for families. Lights on Afterschool Event held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds required a large volunteer effort. UHS intends to involve citizens of Montgomery, Greene and Preble Counties recruiting and using volunteers from all age groups, all ethnic backgrounds and all economic backgrounds, UHS plans to provide t-shirts and eco-friendly grocery bags with the logos of 9/11 and our sponsors imprinted on them. Funds raised will be used to pay for these items and also to rent a speaker system and provide for printing, postage and small media costs. The service will be to train and allow our 250 to 500 volunteers to travel throughout the 79 cities, villages and townships in the three county area and collect 7,500 to 15,000 pounds of food that will provide something life sustaining for thousands of men, women and children in our area. What better way to honor and pay tribute to the lives and legacies of the victims and heroes of 9/11? Schedule of Activities on September 11, 2011 Between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm on September 11, 2011 a Program will be held at Courthouse Square in the middle of downtown Dayton that will include the Star Spangled Banner, Non-denominational Prayer Service, remarks on Why This Tribute, Moment of Silence, Introductions (dignitaries & 9/11 victims relatives), remarks by Police Chief, Fire Chief, Dayton Mayor, Military from Wright Patterson Air Force Base, United Way, Closing Remarks Donerik Black (CEO UHS) and America the Beautiful. Non-Profit Organizations will be able to set up tables to view and pass out literature. Data collection will be handled by UHS Staff and trained volunteer leaders. All stats will be entered into the UHS Volunteer System via current secure technology. Statistics collected will be number of cites, villages and townships covered in the 3 county food collection process; the number of total individuals contributing to the collection; total number of pounds of food collected and average per person; the food distribution centers who receive the food and the average number of people served (example 40% under 18 years of age, 23% of households have one employed adult and 79% have incomes below the Federal Poverty Level). Promotion for Project Unified Health Solutions (UHS) and The Foodbank want to pay tribute to the lives of the victims/heroes of 9/11 and to honor the service of those who have responded since that day, UHS and other community organization will promote one of the largest collections in our area between August 11 and September 11, 2011. Between 7500 and 15,000 pounds of food will be presented to the The Foodbank at a special event in Downtown Dayton on 9/11. Using the above headline and appropriate press releases UHS will use its’ excellent media contacts with our 3 TV stations, major newspaper, suburban newspapers, and radio our project, need for volunteers and specifics on the program on September 11. We also plan to use various websites and social media to get information out. We will also use posters and flyers strategically located throughout the 3 county area.