From: Stephen M. Apatow
President, Humanitarian Resource Institute
To: U.S. Interfaith Community
Subj: Seventh-day Adventists Appeal to Interfaith Community Across the
United States for Help with U.S. Based Humanitarian Initiative
Seventh-day Adventist young adults are breaking away from organizational
politics and agendas in an effort to embrace people in need, but not
receiving help in every county demographic area in the United States.
Unmet needs to untapped resources is our bottom line objective.
Humanitarian Resource Institute was formed in 1994, by Seventh-day
Adventist young Adults interested in U.S. based humanitarian relief
At this time, Humanitarian Resource Institute is striving to locate
individuals in every United States County to help with an initiative
called Focus On America.. These individuals would serve as community
leaders and mediate the construction of a grass roots communication
network that would reach every church congregation, youth leadership
program, senior volunteer program, public and private schools and media.
The network would be used to communicate information defining the most
serious unmet needs of frontline service programs and how citizens can
best contribute professional time, talent, manpower and inkind donations
in their own communities. This grass roots communications network would
also be made available to each city/county emergency management
coordinator, for appeals of resource and volunteer support during a
state of emergency or disaster.
To obtain more information regarding:
1. Guidelines for Focus on America Unmet Needs Coordinators.
2. Free print materials, audiovisual loan programs and access to
information specialists at the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and
3. Access to a cyber copy of the resource booklet named "How To Help
Hunger and Homelessness In America.
We invite all concerned citizens across America to visit our new Focus
On America World Wide Web site at:
Note: For your convenience we have provided the following copy of the
Focus On America Guidelines for City/County Coordinators
FOCUS ON AMERICA: GUIDELINES FOR CITY/COUNTY COORDINATORS
Thank you for your interest in the Focus On America Campaign. Your
commitment to this work will directly help bridge unmet needs to
untapped resources in your city/county area.
The purpose for enlisting an unmet needs coordinator is not to replicate
already existent programs, but to provide a comprehensive overview of
service opportunities for individuals who would like to contribute
professional time, talents, manpower and inkind donations to areas of
The following guidelines describe how to coordinate this program in your
1. Contact the key human services organizations and share with them
that you are now serving as the city/county coordinator for the Focus on
America Campaign. Explain that you will be working to study the most
significant unmet needs of the front line service programs in your
city/county region and developing a communications network for appeals
of professional talents, manpower and in kind donations from members of
local churches, youth leadership programs, senior volunteer programs,
public school districts, and local media networks.
Resources for unmet needs data collection will include:
A. Local United Way Programs: United Way is usually a major funding
source for programs in your community. Contact the executive director
and volunteer coordinator. They will be able to share with you what work
is already being done and so you can avoid duplicating efforts.
B. Local Community Services Association: This contact will network you
with all the organizations that are working in your area. Share with
them your goals and request their help with gathering information
regarding the key issues and unmet needs facing the frontline service
C. County directors for the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board
D. Food Banks: Second Harvest and Foodchain: Association of Prepared
and Perishable Food Rescue Program.
E. County Human Services Departments.
F. House to House Unmet Needs Assessment & data collection.
Note: After initial contacts are made, you will be able to construct a
fax network to each of the key front line service programs in your area.
3. The Resources Network: Your network for appeals will target a
variety of different individuals and groups in your city & county
region. Your list of contacts would include but not be limited to:
A. Local churches: Work with the ministerial associations when
possible. If there is not an active ministerial association in your
city, develop a communication network that includes each church. The
City/County Appeal is to be communicated to each pastor and
congregation. Obtain contacts and fax numbers for all of the larger
churches and ministerial associations and a mailing list for churches
without a fax machine.
B. Youth Leadership Programs: These wonderful programs are usually
waiting for input on how they can play an effective role in helping meet
needs in their community. Contact the directors of the local Boy
Scouts, Girl Scouts, YMCA, YWCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, 4-H, etc. Obtain
fax numbers and contacts for your network.
C. Retired & Senior Volunteer Program: Here is a vast resource of
individuals who could play a significant role in volunteering time to
meet the needs in their community. Obtain fax numbers and names of the
program directors for your network.
D. Public School District: Contact the superintendent of each school
district and share the scope of this program. Request his help in
finding the most effective pathway to communicate the unmet needs
appeals to the leaders who are coordinating group and individual
community service projects. Obtain fax numbers and names of the program
directors for your network.
E. Local Media Networks: Contacts will include each newspaper, radio
and television network in the county region. Obtain the fax numbers for
each media contact for your network.
F. Zip Code Mailings: Obtain a list of addresses from your city/county
administrative offices for direct mailing of the unmet needs appeals
into targeted zip code areas.
4. Constructing a City/County Appeal: The Focus On America Appeal
includes both a contact and outline of the unmet needs of each frontline
service program in your county area. This information is communicated,
via an appeal, to each contact on your resources network.
Note: One suggestion to offer each contact on your network, is to select
an unmet need, develop a strategy to address that need and present a
proposal of how an individual or group would like to help. If a group
comes in with a plan, it will be much easier for a front line service
program to help you achieve your goals. Especially if they don't have a
Plan on continuing an overall appeal process approximately 4 times per
year. The fax network for both the front line service programs and
resources network, will make this task simple and very effective.
Humanitarian Resource Institute was formed to work one on one with you
as you develop the Focus On America Initiative in your area.
If you have any questions please call or write us at:
Humanitarian Resource Institute:
P.O. Box 21372
Carson City, NV 89721
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