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!!!

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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…

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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 http://www.marykayfoundation.org/ 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.