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e-Network News - October 2018
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Adopt A Family enthusiasts join us once again!
We are pleased to have Tami Jelinek, our Adopt A Family coordinator, and Dar and Dave Wade,  program volunteers, join us once again during our Adopt A Family program this holiday season. Their extreme organizational  skills and "can-do" attitude are major reasons why our progra m runs so smoothly year after year. Than k you Tami, Dar and Dave for your commitment to us and those we serve !

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This month I'd like to introduce you to Lisa Fuhr, our Special Events and Volunteer coordinator.

Whether you've sponsored or attended one of our fundraising events, donated to Adopt A Family, organized a basic necessities or Welcome Home Basket drive, (please see links to all support opportunities in the sidebar) chances are, you've had the opportunity to work with Lisa. Lisa's supervisor, CJ Felton, director of Development shares,  "Lisa's great work enables us to do so many things that enrich the lives of the people we serve. I feel very fortunate to have her as a member of our team."  If you haven't had the chance to become involved with us just yet, we would love to begin a relationship! 

We are grateful for the support of our friends, and
without it, we couldn't run our Adopt A Family program. This annual program provides basic necessities and gifts for the hundreds of individuals and families in our housing programs. Adopt A Family will be ramping up soon, if you are interested in becoming  a donor please visi t here  f or more information.
 
The need for support however, lasts all year long. As we help make it possible for people to move into safe, secure housing, we like to provide a Welcome Home Basket full of basic necessities and household items upon move in. If your family, church, school or place of business would like to organize a drive please visit here  to learn how to get involved.

One major change to our fundraising efforts this year is the move of our signature fundraising event, Bring it Home, from October to May 9, 2019.   Previous Bring it Home supporters will receive 2019 information in the mail in early 2019.  General event information and how to become a sponsor, auction item donor or attendee is here.

Let's turn to Lisa now and give her a chance to answer  a few questions. 

How did you become involved with CHN?
In 2012, I began working at CHN seasonally on the Adopt A Family program. At the time, I was a stay-at-home mom, and was looking to do something out of the house. My involvement with Adopt A Family led me to my current position, working on CHN's annual fundraising events and organizing our volunteers .
 
What type of experience is needed to be successful in your position?
I came to CHN with 10 years of special events and fundraising experience. Time  management  skills and being detail-oriented are very important skills to have in order to execute our events and programs.
 
What is your favorite part about working with our donors?
I love working closely with people and creating lasting relationships. I enjoy helping the donors understand our mission  as well as getting to know them on a personal level.
 
With Bring it Home moving to May 9, what can we expect at the event this year?
We are really excited about this year's Bring it Home event. Attendees will see a new layout for our silent auction, great social and networking opportunities, and a new venue  Petruzzello's in Troy. I think moving Bring it Home to the spring sets us apart from other fundraising  events traditionally held during the fall.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Being a mom of four, I am grateful for the opportunity to work for an organization that is very understanding of the importance of having a good work-life balance. I love being part of something larger that makes a difference and the work that I do each day to help.

Parting words of wisdom?
Many non-profits share this quote in their literature and on their websites. I feel like it really speaks to my thoughts on donor-relations,  "Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference."

I am grateful for Lisa's work, as well as the work of all CHN team members.   
 
Thank you for your ongoing support!
Marc Craig
President

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