Giving and Receiving between Students and Nonprofits

As I wrapped up the fall 2012 semester this week I completed my internship with Hope Harbour. My last two tasks have been completed for the shelter and have been printed and published.

As I stated throughout the semester, I have been creating Hope Harbour’s Fall 2012 newsletter. Using Adobe Indesign I was able to create my own template to suit Hope Harbour’s needs. In the newsletter I included all community events the shelter held, a special thanks to Board Members, volunteers, Donors, and partners, upcoming volunteer opportunities, and future events for the new year. I was hoping to include the Thanksgiving celebration but the shelter requested the news letter be printed and mailed by December 6th, Georgia Gives Day.

Georgia Gives Day was a state-wide day of giving. People all over the state visited the website and donated to their favorite organizations. I added the GA Gives logo and information onto the website and included it in the newsletter. I am happy to say Hope Harbour raised more than $2,300.

I also completed my donation video. I was a little dissatisfied with the results due to the fact that I could not export important videos off my phone, such as my interview with the Executive Director and numerous volunteers. I was able to retrieve  two videos which included my interview with the volunteer coordinator and footage of the donation process, therefore I created an informational video about how to donate to the shelter. It included the two videos I mentioned above also information about the process and monthly donation items needed for the shelter. I feel this video is of value considering the donation process. As the video will show, due to the privacy of the shelter, donors are to meet Hope Harbour staff in the early morning or mid-afternons on Tuesdays in a local church parking lot. Although this information is located on the website, some donors may be hesitate or uncomfortable with the process. By creating the video and presenting the process donors can have a better understanding of how it works. Below you will find links to both projects.

I am happy to have assisted Hope Harbour this semester. Only 38% of non-profits outsource for their needs due to limited budgets, therefore college students and CSU Communications department NPACE center are of great value to the nonprofits of our community. But let’s take a moment and think about the value nonprofits have not just for students like us, but the community at whole. Students are able to get real world experience and are more prepared for their future careers, and the communities we live in become a better place for our children and future children to prosper in.

I cannot wait to see what students do next semester!

Hope Harbour Fall Newsletter


Throughout the week I have continued to update Hope Harbour’s website. As I stated before, Hope Harbour operates on the GoDaddy server which is very difficult, but the more I work with it the easier it gets. The organization was having problems with their calendar, which kept duplicating so viewers were seeing two calendars. I fixed the calendar situation and began work on their November events. I updated the websites special events page, in which I removed the “Silence Hides Violence” PDF and since there are no upcoming events (open to the public) at this moment I replaced the PDF with Hope Harbours signature purple ribbon and a small statement reminding viewers it is still Domestic Violence Awareness month. I am still waiting to receive an electronic copy of the volunteer application but once received I will add it to the website, which in return will make it easier for the community to volunteer. I am also waiting on information which the organization would like to add to the special events throughout the holidays.

I must reiterate how important it is to keep information confidential, such as the location of the shelter and the identities of the victims, so the images I am able to post are limited. I have finished shooting all my clips for my video, which includes some great clips of donors, volunteers, and staff… all of which have given permission to be published. I am still editing the video, having the most trouble with the background noise. I interviewed one volunteer on main campus which the video had much background noise. Also, when I captured video of the actual donors in action, there was much background noise being that we were on Hamilton Road at 8:00am. Just some little kinks to work out but it will be completed by next post.

I am excited to begin preparing for the holiday festivities at the shelter. So far we have collected everything from decorations to food to gifts for the residents of the shelter this holiday season, though there is plenty more to come. Hope Harbour puts food baskets together not only residents of the shelter, but for families in need throughout the community  to assure they have a wonderful holiday as well.

I am beginning to work on a quarterly (electronic) newsletter for the organization. I have an awesome template for the newsletter and soon it will be filled with events from the past month, as well as events throughout the upcoming holiday season. As of now, my supervisor is gathering relevant information she would like for me to include. My deadline is the first week of December, in which I plan to disperse before the Christmas holiday.

The picture above show a small part of the “Silence Hides Violence” walk which took place earlier this month. As I stated before, it was a great success. Before the end of the semester I hope to be able to create a scrapbook for Hope Harbour as well, being that the Executive Director had included that on her wish list.

Next week be on the look out for the video!!!

Fulfilling the need for interactive media…

For the last few weeks of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I have been working on a documentary style video for the organization. I have been shooting footage of the donation process (including donors in action), interviewing staff and volunteers, and collecting still images. The information I have learned throughout this semester in my interactive media production course has helped tremendously, such as camera angle, location, and casting.

Working with the battered women’s shelter, you have to be very cautious of the images you disburse online and within the community. The location of the shelter is confidential and the victims identities are withheld. The material to work with is limited, unless you acquire prior authorization from the organization as well as the people in the images.

To overcome the issue at hand, I only interviewed the Executive Director, Volunteer coordinator, two volunteers, and interaction with one donor (who chose not to be interviewed). What I found most interesting about the process is the story the donor shared with me. She stated that every month her neighborhood collected items and donated them to a local charity. They chose Hope Harbour being that this is domestic violence awareness month. Hearing her story was inspiring and I wish I could have recorded her, but the footage I recorded tells the story almost as well. The volunteers are fellow CSU students, one who is the president of his fraternity, and the other who participates in the servant leadership program. This worked out perfectly, being that one of Hope Harbour’s objectives is to raise awareness within and get the younger members of our community more involved. I will be using imovie software to edit and publish the video. I expect it to be 5-7 min. in length and utilize it on Hope Harbour’s social media sites.

Once I complete the video this week, I will being my work on Hope Harbour’s quarterly newsletter. I am focusing on events which took place throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the upcoming harvest festival and thanksgiving dinner events, and updates within the shelter. I have estimated it to be complete after Thanksgiving and be disbursed by Christmas.

I still have some work to accomplish on Hope Harbour’s website. Another volunteer and I have collaborated on the task and have both ran into technical issues with GoDaddy. I must say, I do not recommend using this platform. But we will continue until it works.

Until next week…

Working hard for victims of Domestic Violence…


I would like to start my post by congratulating Hope Harbour for being awarded a $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation. In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay Foundation awards $20,000 grants to more than 150 domestic violence shelters across the country for a total of $3 million.It was created in 1996, and it’s mission is two fold: to fund researchers of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has awarded nearly $31 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and more than $18 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about the Mary Kay Foundation, visit or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).

Throughout my internship I have been working on Hope Harbour’s website, which runs on the GoDaddy platform. I must say that I am no website building guru, but GoDaddy is very difficult to work with. I say so because the website builder lags continuously and formatting the site has been very difficult. When I first began working on the site, Hope Harbour could not even get their logo to upload. After much hard work and many computer freezes, I finally was able to get their website more personalized, although there are still some difficulties I still face. I am having most difficulty resizing PDF images.

My last update to their website included the information about the Mary Kay Foundation listed above. I also promoted their “Silence Hides Violence” walk, which was held last week, through their Twitter, Facebook, and website pages. Over 100 people came out in support of domestic violence victims. I am waiting for a PDF copy of Hope Harbour’s volunteer application, which I will include on the website for the potential volunteers and donors convenience.

I have now began to work on a small video which focuses on volunteers and donors. Hope Harbour would like to feature a personalized video on their website in efforts to help raise more awareness for volunteering and donating, and what gratification a person receives in return. The video I am creating will only be a small sample, but if Hope Harbour can get access to the Columbus State University Communication Department’s NPACE center… it will be more spectacular. I will not have my sample video complete before next week’s blog, but please review my post for progress updates and further information about Hope Harbour.

I look forward to updating you all next week!

Raeann – Hope Harbour – CSU Communication Dept; A Valuable Resource

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Hope Harbour holds its annual walk and candlelight vigil in honor of victims and survivors. Throughout the past week I have been helping them prepare for the walk by promoting it on their social media websites, where I created an event calendar and invited over three hundred friends. I was surprised how quickly people responded. The walk is on the 9th of this month and since so many people are confirming I decided to do a count down to keep them engaged. Hope Harbour already had a poster published, but through my interactive media course I created a quick poster for the event. I had limited time to complete the poster, so I attached the rough draft. I am going to edit it for next year and do a few more features. I also created a QR code for Hope Harbour’s Facebook page and attached it to the poster. My supervisor was impressed with the poster I showed her, but I assured her it will have much improvement for next year. She loved the QR Code. She sees more everyday how the CSU Comm Dept. enables students with the resources to serve our community in any way we can. For the next week I will be promoting the walk and vigil, and my goal is to have 50 commits from friends on Facebook. The walk is next Tuesday and I look forward to writing about my experience. I have attached the draft and for you to view and the QR Code.

Raeann – Hope Harbour – Helping to Bridge Local NOP’s

Throughout the past week I have been creating a brochure for Hope Harbour which focuses on their new program “Safe Dates”. The program raises awareness for teen dating at risk for domestic violence by using core cirriculum and interactive activities. It is important for teens to know the signs partners display when they have potential to turn violent. Not only is the program a resource for teens who experience violent relationships but also a tool to help prevent teen dating violence, give teens the ability to help friends who may be in need, and inform parents of the information as well. Below I have attached the print brochure. It is a three fold so you may have to imagine the fold out. I have included the warning signs and core cirriculum in the brochure as well as statistics. I used photos which teens could relate to as well as provided further contact information. I also included the United Way logo to represent their partnership.

I have arranged for the program to be implemented in the local NPO I work with. We have two teen centers within our community which serves teenagers between the ages of 13-18, and provides positive programming not only in the clubs but in the local middle shools and high schools as well. Safe Dates will become a part of our program to help encourage our teen members to make the right decisions when it comes to violence in relationships.

I am happy to have been able to help bridge our organization with Hope Harbour. One of my favorite things about working for NPO is that instead of working against competition,we all work together for the better of our community. I will keep everyone updated on the progress as we merge.

During the next week I will be creating a poster for Hope Harbour. I still have to gather information for the poster, and I am meeting with my supervisor tomorrow to brainstrom ideas. I will use photoshop to create the project. Look for my post next week to check it out!

Until then…



Raeann-Hope Harbour- Effective Computer Mediated Communication

Throughout the past week I have been generating a PowerPoint for the Celebration of Hope luncheon. During the luncheon, this PowerPoint will be played repeatedly throughout the celebration. The organization asked for me to include recognition of sponsors, Board Members, Auxiliary Members, community “friends” of Hope Harbour, highlights from the 2011 year (nonprofits use fiscal years so their year started July 1 2011 thru June 30 2012, but is considered the 2011 fiscal year), upcoming events, information on how the public can help, and images of prior Celebration of Hope luncheons, volunteers, staff and the clients which they serve. My supervisor at the shelter once expressed to me that she would like the physical pictures to, at one point, be integrated into a scrapbook, so I took that approach into consideration when formatting these digital images, which are grouped accordingly. The staff at the shelter provided me with the general images, a print out of information they would like included, the names and image logo of sponsors. The staff  themselves included thank you recognition slides, as well as attached clip art to some of the slides. The creation of the PowerPoint was a collaborative effort, so much computer mediated communication took place. We collaborated the project entirely online (although I also visited the organization on a regular basis in order to get feedback during production) We emailed the presentation back and forth, as what I was creating had to be proofed (due to privacy reasons). We worked diligently (as the deadline was today) and they really enjoyed the final edited version. Thursday afternoon they will be enjoying their celebration and are excited to present the PowerPoint. I do have one regret… I wish I had a better program (I am using Microsoft PowerPoint2010) to complete the mission. Does anyone have any suggestions?

The Celebration of Hope will host guest speaker Stella Parton, author of the book “Tell It Sister, Tell It”, and sister of Dolly Parton, who will be selling and autographing her book with the proceeds benefiting the Columbus Alliance of Battered Women. The book tells of her personal experience with domestic violence. The luncheon is important to Hope Harbour because it raises awareness of the issue of domestic violence, it informs the community of the accomplishments of the organization, and raises a great amount of funds to help support the operational costs of the organization. Last year’s celebration raised $20,000. The Celebration of Hope is important because it raises awareness, but as an employee of a NPO myself, I enjoy being involved in events which benefit people in need.


A Celebration of Hope…

This semester I am completing my individual study course and I am excited to be working with the nonprofit organization HOPE HARBOUR, whose mission is to provide emergency shelter, security, crisis intervention, and advocacy for adults and children who are victims of domestic violence in Muscogee, Harris, Chattahoochee, Marion, Taylor and Talbot counties. The core values of the organization is to provide a safe environment for victims of domestic violence, show respect and value for all, create a safe environment for children and provide services to meet their needs and work diligently to break the cycle of violence.

During the semester, I will be completing a number of goals which have been established by myself and Lauren, the Volunteer Coordinator at HOPE HARBOUR. My first task has been to create an interactive PowerPoint for their annual “Celebration of Hope” fundraiser luncheon, taking place September 20.  Guest speaker Stella Parton, author of the book “Tell It Sister, Tell It”,will be selling and autographing books with proceeds going to benefit the Columbus Alliance of Battered Women. My PowerPoint will feature images from events involving HOPE HARBOUR, as well as images of highlights and successes of the clients they serve. I meet with Lauren twice a week during which I have been learning the organization, brainstorming ideas involving projects the organization is interested in, collecting images, creating a wish list for the website and getting to know the caring staff who are working hard to serve their clients.

For the remainder of the semester I will produce five projects for the organization. I will begin by publishing a brochure to help support the organization’s new campaign for awareness and prevention of teen violence, creating a poster which reaches out to potential clients who may be less likely to come forward (i.e. men), create a documentary video featuring testimonials of clients, volunteers, and sponsors in order to reach out to the public with shared stories, and also update their website to include features which are not currently available on it.

I look forward to sharing my projects with everyone throughout the semester. Have a safe and successful week!