Your Name: Dorothee Jones
Your Group: Hope Lutheran Church
Location: Melbourne, FL
Years Participated: 2
First Year: 2013
This Year: Collected $154 for
How did you hear of Souper Bowl of Caring?An advocate of Family Promise of Brevard, Inc. suggested in 2013 that the churches involved make a collection for Family Promise using the Souper Bowl of Caring organization.
Why did you choose to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team?Souper Bowl of Caring fits in with our church's goal of helping those in need, especially families who are hungry and/or homeless.
What does your group do to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring movement?We collect both non-perishable foods for South Brevard Sharing Center, a local food pantry, and cash donations for Family Promise of Brevard, Inc.
What have you found is most successful for raising cash and food items?This year we had a friendly competition on Super Bowl Sunday. We had two decorated tables for food donations and money donation pots set up, one for Seahawk fans and one for Patriot fans. We then counted how many food items were donated on each table and how much cash was donated for each team. Seahawk fans donated more food items, but Patriot fans donated more cash for a total of 154 food items and $114 cash.
Tell us a little about where you donate your collection to.South Brevard Sharing Center is a non-profit, community based agency whose mission is to support, strengthen and empower families to achieve self-sufficiency in south Brevard County, FL. This assistance includes food, clothing, household items and financial vouchers for prescriptions, utilities, rent and other miscellaneous items through case-managed services. Seasonally, the Sharing Center also provides food and gifts over the holiday season, as well as backpacks with supplies for children to start the new school year.
Family Promise of Brevard is dedicated to keeping homeless families together as a unit, providing them temporary shelter and meals through an interfaith network of congregations, and assisting them in obtaining human services, permanent employment, and safe affordable housing, so they can achieve self-sufficiency and lasting independence. Family Promise is the only organization in our county where fathers can remain with their children and boys 13 years and older can remain with their mothers.
Are there any resources you feel Souper Bowl of Caring could develop to enhance your collection?Catchy newsletter or bulletin inserts would possibly help publicize the event more.
What does participating in Souper Bowl of Caring mean to your group?Souper Bowl of Caring is a fun and yet meaningful way of collecting food for our local food pantry and cash for Family Promise. It's a great concept which involves youth and can promote lively competition as well as fellowship among our members.
What does it mean to you?I appreciate having an event that gives meaning to the yearly football event and connects it with helping our community. What a way to make a difference!
Keep up the great work!