Excitement Builds as Expansion Campaign Nears $3 Million!
Open Hand’s family of volunteers and supporters are encouraged to make a campaign gift to help us meet our ultimate goal of $4.2 million in early 2011!
Even in its current state, the raw, unfinished warehouse on Armour Drive that once served as a newspaper distribution center is inspiring. Not so much because of the space itself, but for the sheer potential it represents as the site for our exciting campus expansion and renovation.
With a little imagination (and some help from a few architectural renderings), anyone passing through the cavernous building located directly behind Open Hand’s current Ottley Drive facility next to Mason Murer Fine Art can visualize what it means to the future of Open Hand. our clients, our volunteers and our community:
- An ultra efficient kitchen, operating at record capacity to meet community need and exceeding food safety guidelines set forth by the USDA
- Streamlined packing lines, able to more comfortably accommodate volunteers and Open Hand staff, and greatly increasing the number of meals packed per shift
- A scalable state-of-the-art distribution hub, allowing for operations to accommodate future growth while maintaining efficiency and maximizing available storage
- A greatly enhanced volunteer experience, with dedicated workspaces for volunteer orientation, training and education – allowing for the creation of exciting new volunteer opportunities to augment the services we currently provide
- A community nutrition center, where seniors, caregivers, students and other groups can learn more about the link between sound nutrition and improved quality of life, view healthy cooking demonstrations, and engage in meaningful discussions on a variety of health and wellness topics
- A hands-on community garden onsite that will serve as a teaching tool, provide a source for fresh, organic produce, and create a wealth of additional volunteer opportunities for seniors and the community as a whole
With nearly $3 million in commitments from generous individuals, foundations and corporations, we’re right on track to turn that potential into reality in 2011.
But we still need your help.
Because not only are we 30% short of what we need for the renovations, but we will only be able to take advantage of the mission-affirming $1 million grant from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation if we meet our full $4.2 million expansion campaign goal.
Thus every gift, large and small, will make a defining difference in Open Hand’s ability to meet the growing demand for nutrition-focused healthcare support services. More important, it will continue to show just how passionate and engaged our dear friends and supporters are about the work we do.
Young Alec Yeaney, who volunteers at Open Hand with his family every month, is a wonderful example. Instead of spending his hard-earned allowance on video games or soccer gear, he chose to invest it in Open Hand by purchasing an Expansion Campaign brick in his family’s honor. Needless to say his mom, Open Hand Board President Jackie Yeaney, was both surprised and elated.
“We’re making great progress; but in order to meet our campaign goal, we’ll need the contributions of all who, like Alec, believe in the mission of Open Hand,” said Todd Tautfest, Open Hand Board member and Expansion Campaign Chairman, adding, “In these challenging times, people want to be sure their contributions are going towards those efforts which are empowering people to help themselves. That’s what Open Hand is all about, and that’s why I’m asking all of our friends and supporters to make an investment in our future.”
WAYS TO SUPPORT THE EXPANSION CAMPAIGN:
For more information on the Open Hand Expansion Campaign, please contact Matt Pieper, Senior Director of Resource Development, directly at 404-419-3309 or by email.