Recently, Deidre Ledford, executive director, and Julie Malkin-Manning, development director, sat down with KTKE 101.5 FM Truckee Tahoe Radio's Mencarelli in the Morning to talk about Project MANA and our Fight Hunger Fast fundraiser. This interview, which is only 9 minutes, is packed with great information about Project MANA. Hit play to learn more!
Project MANA is pleased to announce that Deidre Ledford has been named as Executive Director.
Originally from a small town nestled deep in the Appalachian Mountains, Deidre received her BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master in Environmental Management from Duke University. In 2011, Deidre moved to Lake Tahoe and began working for Project MANA as an AmeriCorps member through the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation AmeriCorps Program. Prior to transitioning into the role of Executive Director, Deidre served in four additional staff roles within Project MANA and has come to know the organization inside and out. Deidre has a deep passion to serve the community in which she lives and is dedicated to empowering the food insecure to escape from hunger and poverty.
Project MANA has also named Julie Malkin-Manning as Development Director. Born and raised in metro Detroit, Julie’s entire career, 15 years with the automotive industry, has been spent designing and implementing innovative campaigns and events that educate, connect, motivate, inspire and influence the way people think and act. Since moving Lake Tahoe in 2008, Julie has been marketing, fundraising and managing special events for profit and nonprofit organizations in the Reno-Tahoe area, including JDRF and The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.
Those who should not fast are:
A few benefits of fasting are:
Options for the fast:
Become a Faster
TIP: Before you begin the registration process please have a photo ready to upload to your fundraising page. The site will not let you move forward with the registration process without a photo.
Go to www.projectmana.org to access the Fight Hunger Fast link to start fundraising or click here.
A registration “wizard” will walk you through the registration steps
Click on the big green START FUNDRAISING NOW button to begin
Select one of two ways to create a fundraising account
Tell your story (this information will become part of your fundraiser page and Project MANA has provided copy for this page, you do not have to modify it unless you desire)
Choose your fundraising goal
TIP: Keep your fundraising goal low and attainable at first.As you come close to, or beat your goal, raise it!
Submit for Review
When you have completed the registration wizard, hit the “Submit for Review” button located at the bottom of the page. Your page will be quickly reviewed and approved by Project MANA.
You will receive a confirmation email, it will contain a link to your fundraising page.
TIP: KEEP THE EMAIL AND THE LINK IN A SPOT YOU CAN ACCESS IT AGAIN LATER.
You will use it to gain access to your personal page and also to share your page directly with your peer network.
CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU FOR BECOMING A FASTER!
You are ready to begin fundraising and should begin to ask your friends, family, co-workers to join you in your FIGHT HUNGER FAST by financially supporting your fast.
Now that you’ve created your page, you can share it with family and friends, as well as access templates for asking donors to contribute to your campaign and thanking them after they do. To access these templates, follow these instructions:
TIP: You can access the direct URL of YOUR PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE to copy and paste for inclusion in your fundraising communications by clicking in your browser box
TIP: Feel free to cut and paste the provided copy in the “Donor Thank You” template (link at top of page) or write a personal note to the donor
Not able to Fast? Become a Sponsor!
What is Project MANA’s Fight Hunger Fast event?
How to Participate in Fight Hunger Fast
For more information about Fight Hunger Fast please contact Project MANA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-298-4161.
Ways to Engage Sponsors of Your Fast
Encourage your “community” to sponsor your fast
**You must register to be a Faster before deploying these recruitment messages so that you have a fundraising page at which they may donate!
Don’t forget to follow up and say thank you once you have received a donation or completed your fast! There is a template for you to cut and paste at the top of your fundraising page.
Tahoe Expedition Academy students have teamed up with Project MANA on a year-long effort, called “Project MANA-TEA”, to help end hunger in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee.
“Project MANA-TEA” held its first event, a Spaghetti Feed and Food Drive, at the Boys & Girls Club in Kings Beach on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 16. Community members of all ages were invited to share a meal, with a suggested donation of $5 and 1 can of food per person. All food donations and proceeds from the Project MANA-TEA Spaghetti Feed went directly to Project MANA for distribution to our local community.
One hundred and sixty people attended the Spaghetti Feed, including students from the school, despite the epic #Januburied winter storms of 2017. This first initiative of Project MANA-TEA raised and donated $1800 and 265 pounds of food to help with food relief in our community.
The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. Every year, Americans across the country come together on the Day of Service to serve their neighbors. In deliberating on how best to serve their community, students at TEA recognized an amazing opportunity to kick off Project MANA-TEA on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service to help local families.
“Our students are looking forward to making a difference in the Tahoe and Truckee areas with Project MANA-TEA and the upcoming spaghetti feed. We hope that residents of all ages are able to attend this special event to help us make progress towards a hunger-free community,” said Mark Kushner, CEO and Head of +Impact School and TEA.
Project MANA is thrilled to team up with TEA on the year-long Project MANA-TEA to feed those in need in our area and will be sure to keep you posted on upcoming events.
Thank you Tahoe Expedition Academy and +impact!
Project MANA is holding its first ever online auction – for an ultra-luxury 7-day Mediterranean cruise for two aboard a Seabourn Odyssey-class ship.
This cruise, valued at $10,000 opened with a minimum bid of $4000. Bidding is open now and will close at midnight on February 28, 2017. Bid online now.
Funds raised via this online auction of a Seabourn Odyssey 7-Day Mediterranean Cruise will benefit Project MANA. Project MANA’s mission is to reduce the incidence of hunger and its detrimental effects upon individuals, families, the community and the region. In addition to providing hunger relief, we have developed programs designed to alleviate the causes of hunger and promote nutrition through education and awareness.
The winning bidder’s cruise includes complimentary spirits, wines and beer throughout the ship, as well as all gourmet dining venues. Gratuities are neither required nor expected. All Veranda Suites feature a full-length window and glass door to private veranda; comfortable living area; queen-size bed or two twin beds; dining table for two; walk-in closet; interactive flat-screen television; fully stocked bar and refrigerator; makeup vanity; spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower; veranda railings are part metal and glass from floor to teak rail.
All arrangements for this cruise will be made with white-glove service through Goldring Travel in Truckee, CA. Assistance with air, hotel, transfers and tours is also available through Goldring Travel.
If you donate a minimum of $100 to Project MANA through our online auction, you will receive a certificate for $500 off any Seabourn cruise booked through Goldring Travel in Truckee, CA.
At the end of January, Project MANA received our annual food drive donation from Safeway into our new Truckee warehouse. And it gave us the opportunity to find out just how great our new Truckee neighbors are!
Through Safeway’s national “Feed the Need” program, the Safeway stores in Truckee, King’s Beach and Tahoe City donated over 30,000 pounds of non-perishable food to Project MANA. Safeway is all about community, so a portion of the food from the North Tahoe stores also went to Truckee Community Christmas. The annual holiday season campaign encourages customers to purchase $10 coupons which fund a virtual bag of assorted food to be donated to a local food bank or food pantry. This year Safeway incentivized their cashiers to help sell these donation coupons and Project MANA received at least SIX TIMES the amount of food we had received the previous year. Thank you Safeway and Safeway team members – your enthusiasm shows!
When the Safeway truck arrived – with 30,000 pounds of food! - Jonny, the driver, expressed doubt that he could maneuver around back to our loading area. He also informed Brian, our food supply manager, that there was no way he could handle the loads with our manual pallet jack.
Off Brian and Jonny went to the Truckee Safeway where they were able to borrow an electric pallet jack. Back at the warehouse, Jonny backed in to the vicinity of our roll-up door, at which point one of our neighbors, Carlo from Western Nevada Supply, offered to help us unload with his forklift.
Brian figured the more the merrier, and decided to see if he could enlist the aid of Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co., as Andrea had offered their forklift earlier in the day. Our new neighbors and their forklifts quickly unloaded all the pallets of non-perishable food into our warehouse.
What had been estimated by Safeway to be 12 pallets tuned out to be 17 pallets and we didn’t have room for all of them in our warehouse. Again, our new neighbors came through! Without missing a beat, Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co. offered to store six of the pallets in their "cellar".
Brian Hunt, Project MANA’s manager says, “We have AMAZING neighbors! I'm so happy I could cry. Of course there is very little room to maneuver in the warehouse now, but we have most of the non-perishable food we need for the coming year.”
Thank you to Safeway, Western Nevada Supply and Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company!