Giving Report February 2015
Your Donations at Work February 2015
During the fourth quarter of 2014, $32,767 was given to assist at-risk children and young adults who have “aged out” of the foster care system in Volusia, Seminole, Orange and Osceola Counties. Details are listed below, but first we want to let you know how your donations positively impact the youth in our community and particularly the following young person:
It always feels good to hear directly from a young person who wants to share how she’s been working hard to make her life better. For Amanda — and most at-risk youth — it’s been extremely difficult to overcome a life of abuse, find the courage to move forward and be able to totally support herself since reaching age 18 and aging out of the foster care system. But Amanda has taken advantage of the support and programs available to her and is definitely on the right track and we know you’ll enjoy reading the following note she sent to us.
“I want to say thank you first and foremost for the opportunity you have provided for me. I qualified for $1,000 of WingsNet assistance through my academic achievements. With that money, I was able to pay off school debts, purchase clothing for work and open a savings account. I work part-time, live alone, have my own car and am continuing my education. Being blessed and motivated by WingsNet has taken stress off my shoulders and kept me on the path to greatness. I couldn’t have done it without you.”
God bless Amanda for her hard work – and God bless you for making a difference!
Update and News
Here’s specifically how the funds were used from October 2014 through December 2014:
- $20,840: 65 families in crisis and 243 individuals participated in prevention/counseling programs to avoid removing youth from homes where possible
- $3,555: Academic Achievement, WingsNet Awards
- $850: GED/High School Diplomas, Home Health Aid Certifcate, A.A. Degree, WingsNet Awards
- $415: Test for Adult Basic Education fees and tutoring, WingsNet Awards
- $275: Work successes, WingsNet Awards
- $2,900: Savings Match, WingsNet Awards
- $3,932: Emergency Assistance for food and housing
We will continue to report on how YOUR donations are being used. Thank you for your confidence that Wings of Hope will continue to be good stewards of your generosity.
We are making very exciting plans for our 20th Celebration Gala on October 3, 2015, at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary! Not only will this momentous celebration include special supporter recognition but for the first time ever at a Wings Gala, you’ll also be able to enjoy world-famous Celebrity Entertainment! We’ll send you more details in the coming months but for now be sure to save the date so you don’t miss this very special celebration!
Wings 20th Celebration Gala
If you or your company is interested in sponsoring our 20th Celebration Gala or able to donate an auction item to our live auction, please contact Kathy or 407-312-0884. See sponsor opportunities and benefits at www.wingsofhope.net/events-sponsor-benefits.. Our Gala will be held on October 3, 2015, at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary.
Charity of the Month
Wings of Hope is once again honored to be chosen as the March Charity of the Month by Masco Contractor Services in Daytona Beach. Employees will participate in silent auctions, a St. Patrick’s Day cook-off and various fun activities during the month to raise funds to help the at-risk youth in Volusia County. A special thank you to the many Wings supporters who helped gather gift certificates from Volusia County restaurants to help with our silent auction!