Mission statement: Higher Hopes! uses the slogan “1,000 Turkeys 10,000 Smiles” to provide at least 1,000 full Thanksgiving meals every year to feed between 8,000 and 12,000 people in need in the city of Detroit. Through the efforts of national corporations, business owners, volunteers, and other partners, Higher Hopes! seeks to bring peace of mind to low-income families in the community during the holiday season by removing the worry of how they will provide Thanksgiving dinner for their loved ones.
Overview: We provide 1,000 Detroit inner city Detroit head start families with complete and full Thanksgiving dinners, from turkeys to desserts. Funds are provided by donations from corporations and individuals. Higher Hopes! partners with other charitable organizations that include Project Healthy Community and Gleaners Food Bank of SE Michigan to put together 1,000 food kits by volunteers and through local church and activity centers that have relationships with the head start organizations in Detroit. Please see full business plan attached for complete details.
Major achievements: Starting from nothing in March of 2014, we were able to enlist 10 corporate donors and over 100 individual donors to raise over $50,000 to support 1,000 Turkeys 10,000 Smiles. We were focused in addressing the needs of Head Start and Great Start families and fed between 8,000 and 10,000 people. We made believers out of Gleaners Food Bank who thought our 2014 program was amazing and will be supporting us 100% in 2015. We were able to achieve support from some of the finest Detroit based and Michigan corporations and had the support of over 300 volunteers that included corporate donor representatives, friends, families and recipients. We were successful in communicating our project with news stories and word of mouth. We were so successful with the Head Start and Great Start families that we were asked if we could do it again in 2015.
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