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Let’s (still) build that playground!

Wow! Thank you all so very much for all that you did to support us and rally behind the goal of winning $25,000 from the Home Depot Foundation in their Facebook contest to build a playground for our younger children on campus. The official results came in this morning, and unfortunately, we did not win the $25,000. However, we are thrilled to have received $5,000 for coming in second place, and we thank The Home Depot Foundation for that gift, and for allowing us to participate in such an exciting race-to-the-finish contest.

 

Congratulations to the Veterans Guest House in Reno for the win, and we know that the $25,000 grant will go far in helping to house our veterans, which is a very worthy cause!

 

And most of all, thank you to you, our wonderful community of friends, who rallied behind us to try to win the money for the playground. We were overwhelmed at the support we received—from old friends to brand-new supporters. We had over 17,000 votes at the end of the contest, which speaks to the strength of our community. We feel blessed to be trusted by you to carry out this important work that God has called us to.

 

But the work is not over! There is still a playground to be built! If everyone who voted gave at least $10, we could easily fund the remaining cost of the playground (the $5,000 we received from The Home Depot Foundation will start us out!). Please make a donation today, here on our secure website*, and together we will build that playground for our sweet children like four-year-old Sam, who we told you about in our Facebook posts.

 

Again, thank you so much for all that you did to vote, to share, and to spread the word of the life-saving work that is happening at the Children’s Home. We can only do what we do because of you, and we are grateful!

 

-Your friends at the Children’s Home

 

*You can also mail your donations to us. Please make your check out to UMCH, indicate that it is for the playground, and mail it to 500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur GA 30030. Thank you!

UMCH youth take a field trip to the State Capitol

Last Friday, twelve of our students and staff received firsthand instruction in Civics and American government as they toured the Georgia State Capitol and viewed a session of the House of Representatives. They met privately with Senate Minority leader, Steve Henson, and Black Caucus leader Emanuel Jones, who encouraged the students from their personal histories, as well as explained their roles in the Georgia Legislature.

Emanuel Jones, Black Caucus Chair

Emanuel Jones, Chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, speaks to the group from UMCH

 

Our youth have been preparing for the trip by attending “You’ve Got Rights” classes each Thursday at the Education Center. The students have been learning Civics and American Government in the class and reading former District Attorney J. Tom Morgan’s book Ignorance is No Defense: What every Teenager Needs to Know About Georgia Law. A local attorney is also helping our students navigate the legal system in a positive, proactive manner.

UMCH staff at the State Capitol

UMCH staff Donita Green (ILP Social Worker) and Julie Rogers-Martin (Education Coordinator) led the trip to the State Capitol

 

One of our Foster Care youth who went on the field trip said she might be interested in public office after visiting and hearing Emanuel Jones’ inspirational message! We are proud of our youth who are taking proactive steps toward a better future for themselves!

 

Let’s get out the vote – 10 days to go!

Thank you for voting every day through February 23 for UMCH in the Aprons in Action contest on Facebook (vote right here) put on by The Home Depot Foundation. With your help, we could win $25,000 in The Home Depot gift cards to build a new playground for our youngest children on campus. Not only that, if we win the initial $25,000, then next month we will compete for the grand prize of $250,000 with all the other monthly winners from the past year!

 

If you haven’t voted yet, here are the easy steps to make your vote count!

 

– You do have to sign up for Facebook to vote, and the voting links below work best if you’re already signed in to your Facebook account. Here are step-by-step directions:

 

1. When you sign in to Facebook, come back to this page and click this link to vote.

 

2. This should take you to a page with a big graphic – it might take a minute to appear on your screen.

 

3. Scroll down a little ways and you should see four photos and then a list of the four competitors – UMCH is #2.

 

4. Click the circle by our name, then click “vote.”

 

5. Next, please click “allow” to allow The Home Depot Foundation to access your basic information, which enables The Home Depot to monitor the contest and ensure that each voter only votes once per day. The Home Depot takes their contest and your privacy seriously, and they will not access your private information.

 

6. And finally, please click “share” to tell all your friends about us and help us win.

 

– The Home Depot Foundation’s voting page doesn’t work on cell phones and other mobile devices, you’ll need to vote from your computer.

 

– While you’re on Facebook, click over to the Children’s Home Facebook page and become our friend. We’ll be sending daily reminders to our Facebook friends during the contest.

 

– After voting yourself, the best way to help us win is to tap into your circle of friends. Does your church have an email or a Facebook page? Would your coworkers vote for us? How about your niece with 1200 Facebook friends – would she ask them all to vote for us? Together we can win this!

 

We need your help! Visit THIS PAGE and vote for the United Methodist Children’s Home to win. You can vote once every 24 hours until February 23, so please return every day to vote!

 

With just a quick click, you can build a playground for our children!

 

Thank you for helping us improve the Children’s Home for the children and families who live here! Vote today!

 

Home Depot volunteers at UMCH

Home Depot employees volunteering on our campus

Home Depot volunteers work on our campus

 

We keep growing at UMCH!

We’re excited that the garden project we told you about a couple of years ago is finally coming to fruition! Thanks to a partnership with Global Growers Network and the Oakhurst Community Garden Project, we will soon break ground on the garden. Look for more info to follow this spring, but for now, you can read a bit more about the project by clicking here.

Garden Site

The garden site!

Help us win $25,000 to build a new playground!

Vote for UMCH in the Aprons in Action contest on Facebook put on by The Home Depot Foundation, and we could win $25,000 in The Home Depot gift cards to build a new playground for our youngest children on campus. Not only that, if we win the initial $25,000, then next month we will compete for the grand prize of $250,000 with all the other monthly winners from the past year!

 

We have a large number of young children on our campus right now, but our playground and recreation equipment is intended for older children. With the $25,000, we can build two additional play areas for our younger children, and The Home Depot will even send volunteers to help us do the work!

 

We need your help to win the prize! Click here  and vote for the United Methodist Children’s Home to win. (It’s easiest if you’re already logged into Facebook before clicking the link to vote.) You can vote once every 24 hours until February 23, so please return every day to vote so we can build a playground for our children! And please spread the word on Facebook and any other social media you’re a part of, so that others will vote for us as well.

 

Thank you for helping us improve the Children’s Home for the children and families who live here!

 

When voting, please click “allow” to allow The Home Depot Foundation to access your basic information, which enables The Home Depot to monitor the contest and ensure that each voter only votes once per day.  The Home Depot takes their contest and your privacy seriously, and they will not access your private information.

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