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!