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.
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.