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CHMA Updates: August 2, 2020

Thank you for being part of the CHMA community! There's a lot going on across all working groups, but we wanted to highlight two major updates in this newsletter. Stay tuned for more!

NEW: Donate to CHMA via ioby!

After many unexpected delays, our ioby fundraising page is finally up and running! Thank you to all those in finance, communications, partnerships, and everyone else who pitched in to make this happen. You can FIND OUR PAGE HERE. This will replace our pledge form by allowing donors to make tax-deductible contributions via credit or debit card. If you're reading this because you previously donated using our pledge form, we want to extend our sincerest thanks for your support of CHMA. We hope you'll consider making a donation using our ioby page. If you'd like to be a recurring donor, you can sign up to do so here.

Please share our ioby page with your networks! We've set an ambitious goal of $100K, which will help us continue delivering groceries to neighbors and supporting partner efforts in the coming months. Personal connections are one of the best tools we have in fundraising. We've even created a template for emailing friends and family. Obviously, feel free to personalize! And if you have any ideas for virtual fundraisers, contact the Finance Working Group!

Phone Line Pause Update

Our phone lines reopened on Sunday, July 19! Intake leads shared the following updates on the group's activities during the four-week pause:

  • Intake made 1307 calls to neighbors while the phone lines were paused.
  • We averaged about 50 calls to neighbors per day - but we had a big day of nearly 200 calls!
  • Intake and delivery volunteers worked together to deliver food to 650 households during this pause.
  • Our "Dispatch Needed" list for Crown Heights was ~2500 when we started. Our work + data cleaning left us with 790 "Dispatch Needed" at the end of the pause.
  • We sent a text blast to over 6,000 folks in our queue living outside of Crown Heights, pointing them to additional resources.

Thanks to so many people in CHMA who pulled together for this pause effort - recruiting volunteers, taking on extra deliveries, connecting working groups, talking this up in comms/tech + more! This was a pretty significant ramp up in our efforts, and really, really amazing work all around. 

We can always use more intake and delivery volunteers as we continue to support our neighbors. You can sign up for an intake shift or training here. If you're already in our Slack and interested in picking up a delivery (or two!), check out these channels:
#community_needs, #delivery_volunteers, #cars_and_bikes.

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