We are truly a "not-for-profit" group. All our time, knowledge, skills, and supplies are donated by our team - we do not charge any non-profit a fee to coordinate and host a fundraiser. Every dollar collected from vendor booth fees, raffle ticket sales, donations during events, etc. is donated to the event's beneficiary(s).
Costs of all marketing such as website, social media ads, posters, and event banners are paid for out of our own pockets as well as any supplies or materials needed to coordinate and execute a successful craft and vendor event. We just don't feel right taking our operation costs out of money raised to help our community.
By coming out to our events, you are not only supporting the event beneficiaries, you are also supporting micro businesses in your community. Thank you!
April 1, 2023: We quickly organized a craft and vendor event to help raise money for an individual who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
May 8, 2023: We held our first spring event and this one focused on a very underserved community: animal rescues. We selected Homes Fur Hounds in Williamsburg, VA and Poquoson Animal Welfare Sanctuary (PAWS) in Poquoson, VA. Both rescues received truckloads of donations as well as $1,298 each. An additional $150 was donated to the Poquoson Museum as a "Thank You" for allowing us to utilize their field for this fundraiser.
October 1, 2023: We held our 2nd Annual Helping Hands Fall Festival to benefit the Tom Hunt Restoration Project at the Poquoson Museum. This year we added a Fall Classic Car Show that was held during the fundraiser event.
November 4, 2023: Over 2,200 lbs of non-perishable food and 15 turkeys were donated at our food drive and craft show! We were able to bless 12 York County Schools' families in need plus 3 other local families with complete Thanksgiving meals as well as a large box of non-perishable foods. The remaining food was donated to a Poquoson church's food pantry and to Thrive Peninsula Food Pantry. All money raised was donated to York County Meal on Wheels to pay for their recipients holiday meals.
Following our 2021 season, we had a complete restructuring of our organization. Because of the time this required to get ironed out and put into place, we were only able to coordinate one event in 2022.
October 8, 2022: In less than 3 months, we were able to put together a very successful fundraiser to help raise money for the Tom Hunt Restoration Project at the Poquoson Museum. This event marked the beginning of our relationship with the museum and we have been blessed with being able to say that he Giving Hope in Hampton Roads "home base" for hosting fundraising events is the Poquoson Museum property.
November 2022: We were contacted by an elementary school social services worker in a York County school to ask if we could possibly help provide a holiday meals for a few families again this year. Co-Presidents Karen Whaley and Jennifer Barnes pooled their own families' resources, shopped sales, and were able to provide four families not only with turkeys and all the trimmings for a Thanksgiving meal, each family also received enough food that they could have meals after the holiday as well.
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