'Big Give' Generates Big Gift For Homeport
Donations To Homeport almost 8 Times Greater Than Previously
The Columbus Foundation's "Big Give" initiative reeled in a record amount of donations for over 900 non-profits, and one of the organization's benefiting strongly was Homeport.
The 26-hour pledge drive on Oct. 10-11 netted Homeport more than $42,000 in gifts and matching dollars. The highest amount Homeport previously received from the Foundation fund-raiser was $5,510 in 2013.
Homeport CEO Bruce Luecke expressed gratitude to the Foundation and those who earmarked funds to Homeport in The Big Give.
"The Foundation started our year off with a bang when it recognized us as a 'Top 5 Non-Profit To Watch' in 2017. Closing out the year with a gift of this magnitude through a Foundation initiative is also exhilarating," Luecke said.
The donation to Homeport is unrestricted, allowing the organization to decide how to best allocate its use.
Organizing For Change
Homeport Residents Attend National Leadership Conference
Two women from Linden and one from the East Side are planning on organizing their communities to learn and address their neighbors needs and to build unity. The spark? NeighborWorks America's recent national Community Leadership Institute conference in Los Angeles.
“Everyone was so friendly and passionate about helping their community, it made me feel really good,” said Raushanah Sharrieff, a resident of Homeport’s Marsh Run Apartments. “It was inspiring.”
Sharrieff envisions a community garden for she and her neighbors.
Shirley Jessie and Hazel Davis of Homeport’s Duxberry Landing, a scattered site lease-optio community in Linden, foresee a block party. Neighbors could meet neighbors, receive free, fresh produce, have a clothing drive and swap, and commit to keeping their streets clean.
“There all kinds of different kinds of things we could do in a block party,” said Jessie, a neonatal intensive care unit nurse in Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s heart center.
Homeport is a charter member of NeighborWorks and was the beneficiary of funding to cover travel and participation in the Oct. 12-15 CLI conference in Los Angeles. Homeport staff members Lawrence Furst II, Mark Childs and Josh Martin were among 900 attendees of the conference geared to fostering skills and creating community changes through events, advocacy, or identifying needs. They were joined by Kardina Wiley of property management company CPO.
United Against Poverty
Homeport Employees To Raise Funds For United Way
United Way of Central Ohio Senior Assistant Vice President David Ciccone visited Homeport headquarters on Oct. 24 to encourage participation in his organization’s annual fund-raising drive to fight poverty.
Ciccone told Homeport employees that United Way’s goals align closely with Homeport’s, including creating strong families and vibrant neighborhoods.
Homeport is a member of the Care Coordination Network, part of United Way’s new strategic commitment to “Reducing Poverty One Family At A Time.” The "Network" allows better data collection on how residents in need of social services in Central Ohio are being served, if desired outcomes are occurring, and trends.
Homeport employees have committed to raising $3,000 in November for United Way.
‘Fall Fest’ Quite The Scream
Seasonal Party Pulls Neighbors Together
From screams in an oversized bounce house, to creative pumpkin and face painting, to munching on hot slices of pizza, children and adults of Marsh Run enjoyed the sounds, sights and tastes of Fall on Oct. 30 in a special festival organized by Homeport.
Approximately 100 residents of the East Side apartment community dropped by the community center and nearby open spaces to participate in the afterschool event largely underwritten with a NeighborWorks Week grant.
NeighborWorks Week programs are intended to foster a sense of community at the housing properties of its affiliate members. Homeport is a charter member of NeighborWorks America.
Partnering agencies in Fall Fest program were Columbus Area Integrated Health Services and Columbus Works. To learn more about how to support special community events and activities at Homeport, click here.