23 Dec

Respecting Our Elders Van News and More!

To the extraordinary Respecting Our Elders community,

Debra Price Van CleaveAs a board member and volunteer, I am so grateful and proud to be part of our ROE community.

Just before Thanksgiving, I put out an urgent call asking for your immediate financial support to get the van back on the road and cover the cost of renting an interim van–then again, to build up the Sustainability Fund to allow Respecting Our Elders to continue its essential operations.

Well, I am thrilled to report less than one month later that together we did it!

Today, the van is on the road again!

Yes, we are quite the amazing community!

Responsive, generous, resourceful, caring, committed to making a difference…I could go on and on.

Kudos to us!

Here are the detailed results of our recent fundraising campaign:

Not only did we, as a community, provide the $6000 funding needed to get the van back on the road again and rent an interim van, we also raised an additional $8746 towards our $10,000 Sustainability Fund goal! As you probably know, this fund was created to provide enough money in the coffers and coming in each month to enable this amazing nonprofit to continue its vital mission of distributing food throughout the county to help feed approximately 1500 people every week, 52 weeks a year.

We are almost at 100% of our goal!

For eight years, Ruth and Curt have been dipping into their own pockets every single month to cover whatever was necessary above and beyond the donations received to keep the program going and the van on the road. They can no longer do this.

All we need is $1300 more and the expenses for the next 12 months will be covered!!

TWO actions you can take to join me in having Respecting Our Elders be 100% sustainable:

donatenow1. Make a donation right now by clicking on this button. 

It can be a one-time donation or you can join the Respecting Our Elders Financial Family with a monthly donation. For example, $35 every month is just pennies over $1 a day—less than you would spend for that coffee drink at Peet’s or Starbucks. If just three of us did that, we would be within pennies of our goal.

If you are already a member of the Respecting Our Elders Financial Family, thank you so much for your ongoing support, and please consider increasing your monthly donation, as I have, if you haven’t already done so.
donatenow2. Spread the word among the people you know by sharing this article anywhere you can (see the share buttons below), along with your invitation to join you as a Respecting Our Elders donor. Just have them click on that button!

On behalf of Ruth and Curt and the Board of Respecting Our Elders, I thank you for your partnership and generous support.

Warmest wishes to you and yours for a joyful holiday and a stellar 2014,

DebraSigRed

 

 

Debra Price Van Cleave
Board Member and Volunteer
Respecting Our Elders

04 Dec

A Message from Board Member,
Debra Price Van Cleave

Debra Price Van CleaveTo my community, friends of Ruth and Curt and all those who have benefited from the Respecting Our Elders food program,

Congratulations, we did it!!

Together, in community, we stepped up, we dug deep and we provided the funds to get the van back on the road again—in just one week! Over $5000! How extraordinary!! What a Thanksgiving week!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!…

To all of you who answered the urgent call for your immediate and generous support, YOU made a difference.

HolidayGraphicFromInviteAs you may know, the annual Respecting Our Elders Gratitude and Fundraising Party is coming up this Sunday, December 8th, from 2:00-5:00 at Avant Garde in San Rafael. Click here for details.

You may be wondering…

Why are they doing this? Wasn’t this past week’s fundraising sufficient and intended to replace the annual fundraiser? Didn’t they already reach their financial goal?

Or, you may be thinking…

“I already did my part. Why should I go? I’m not going to contribute anymore anyway!”

I’ve had all those thoughts so I figure maybe you’re having them, too. Here’s why I’m going and why I’m going to contribute and why I want you to take a look and join me on Sunday:

Besides all the time and effort to run the Respecting Our Elders food program for the past eight years, Ruth and Curt have also been financially supporting it—every month out of their own pockets—whatever was necessary above and beyond the donations received to keep the charity going to make the lives of hundreds of recipients better. Yes, every month!

They are no longer in a position to continue doing this, nor am I willing to allow them to do so. As a board member, as a grateful recipient over the years, and as a conscious caring human being, I am committed to do what I can to have this nonprofit continue its essential operations in the community and be sustainable.

If you are one of the approximately 1500 recipients or know someone who depends on the food from Respecting Our Elders to make ends meet each week, you may also want to do what you can to keep this charity going.

THREE actions you can take to join me in having Respecting Our Elders be sustainable:

1. Spread the word among the people you know by sharing this blog article with your friends, along with your invitation to join you at the event on Sunday (if you and they are in the Bay Area) and/or for them to go ahead and make a generous donation right now.

2. If you are here in the San Francisco Bay Area, come to the event on Sunday to hear more about Respecting Our Elders and look to see how you want to support this all-volunteer organization. Here’s the link again for more details.

3. Make a donation right now.

donatenow It can be a one-time donation or you can join the Respecting Our Elders Financial Family with a monthly donation. For example, $35 every month is just pennies over $1 a day—less than you would spend for that coffee drink at Peet’s or Starbucks.

On behalf of Ruth and Curt and the Board of Respecting Our Elders, I thank you in advance for your generous understanding and support at this critical time.

Warmest wishes to you and yours for a joyful holiday season,

DebraSigRed

 

 

Debra Price Van Cleave
Board Member and Volunteer
Respecting Our Elders

P.S. If you have supported Respecting Our Elders in the past, we so appreciate everything you have done, especially if you helped fund the van engine repair! AND, at this time we are asking you to step up and dig deep to make the biggest donation you can.

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Let’s have this amazing organization be fully self-sufficient and sustainable and no longer a burden to the founders, our friends Ruth and Curt.