19th Anniversary Fundraiser off to Great Start

Albany, OR

For Immediate Release:  September 25, 2017

Thanks to the generosity of kind donors the Albany Helping Hands 19th Anniversary Fundraiser “Is off to a great start with us at 45% if our goal” according to John Donovan, Development Director of Albany Helping Hands.

The campaign goal- Raise $19,000 in 19 days for the 19th Anniversary.

Nineteen years ago, Albany Helping Hands became an Independent Faith-Based Non-Denominational 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit corporation.  Albany Helping Hands roots go back to the 1980's, sheltering those in need at a small church at the corner of First and Main in Albany. 

“This ministry began with Pastor Les Bailey providing sandwiches to the needy, and a night of shelter in his church building during the cold wintry months.  Today, we on average, provide over 7,000 meals a month, a shelter for over a 100 folks at night, as well as much-needed clothing.” Stated Pastor John Leon the new Executive Director at Albany Helping Hands.

Executive Director, Pastor John Leon noted in his online blog “Without question, God has blessed our mission here in Albany.  So, it is during this month of September we want to take the time to remember, as well as celebrate our small beginnings.”

Join us in celebrating the many successes in the past 19 years by contributing to our Anniversary Fundraiser.

Ways to Contribute

Donate online:   AlbanyHelpingHands.com -Make a safe and secure one-time donation. We accept Credit or Debit MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express. You will receive an email confirming your donation. Thank you for your generosity and consideration.

Donate via Mail: Please make your check or money order payable to Albany Helping Hands and mail your contributions to  PO Box 2252, Albany, OR 97321.

Donate in person: You may drop off your contributions at the shelter front office at 619 SE Ninth Avenue, Albany. 

Donate via Telephone: Please call AHH and ask for Pastor John or Wayne Oakes at 541-926-4036

Thank you for support.

Big Success for Anniversary Fundraiser

Thanks to the generosity of kind donors, the Albany Helping Hands 18th Anniversary Fundraiser was a huge success, said John Donovan, development director of Albany Helping Hands.

The campaign goal: to raise $18,000. Our anniversary fundraiser was a smashing success, raising more than 125 percent of our goal.

Acting executive director Wayne Oakes stated, “I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you, not only as individuals but as a community.” When asked about the outcome, Wayne exclaimed, “What a success! We surpassed our goal thanks to the generosity, compassion and kindness of donors, raising $22,547.”

We would also like to give special recognition to our media partners, KLOO AM & FM, KSHO, KGAL and KRKT. These successful radio stations are media sponsors of our Bridge of Hope Dinner Auction each spring. We are grateful to utilize these successful local radio partners in airing messages about Albany Helping Hands’ mission.

The second anniversary fundraiser campaign for our 19th anniversary is scheduled for September
2017.

Thank you for the past 18 years of generous donations by individuals, businesses and the
community, which have been converted into blessings for many.

Jim Willhight
Albany Helping Hands

18th Anniversary Fundraiser off to good start

The Albany Helping Hands 18th Anniversary Fundraiser off to good start according to John Donovan, Development Director of Albany Helping Hands. 

The 18th Anniversary Fundraiser goal- Raise $18,000 over an 18-day period starting September 18th.  As of the first day of the fundraising we are at 22% of the goal. 

Donovan Stated  “We are a faith based organization and we have to act on faith. We started the campaign with a wonder gift from an individual who just stopped by my house and wrote the check so we are off to a great start.”

 Eighteen years ago Albany Helping Hands became a Non-Denominational Independent Faith Based 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit corporation. In 1998 we started by sheltering those in need at a small church at the corner of First and Main in Albany. We now have housing capacity for 110 and served 82,191 meals over the last 12 months (9/1/2015 - 8/31/2016) from our facility at 619 SE 9th Avenue.

 Thank you for the past 18 years of generous donations by individuals, businesses and the community that have been converted into blessings for many. Your new donations are needed for us to continue our ministry. We have four ways to donate:

  •  Donate online: AlbanyHelpingHands.com and click on donate button to make a secure donation to your MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express.

  • Donate via Mail: Please make your check payable to Albany Helping Hand and mail your contributions to:  PO Box 2252, Albany, OR 97321

  • Donate in person: You may drop off your contributions at the shelter front office at 619 SE Ninth Avenue, Albany.

  • Donate via Telephone: Please ask for Dan Kress or Wayne Oakes at 541-926-4036.

 Background: Albany Helping Hands is a faith-based 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation and an equal opportunity employer and provider. The proceeds from this fundraiser provide training and employment for shelter guests and help fund critical community missions that include but are not limited to providing emergency housing and food.  We provide to the community hot meals three times a day 366 days a day (in 2016).  Everyone is welcome, even those not registered with the shelter. We also provide training and employment for shelter guests operating a Thrift Store, the Garden Farm & Market, Keep Warm Wood Lot, and Vehicle Resale and Estate Cleanup units. We also offer GED Training Classroom, housing searches, transitional jobs programs, mental health referrals, counseling, clothing, household needs, and furniture.   For more information in services, history, programs, retail and service operations www.albanyhelpinghands.com