Robert Hammond essay
Organizations in Need
The greater Cincinnati area has been inflicted by addiction. This damaging illness has affected many of those families who call Cincinnati their home. The disease has been indiscriminate on whom it chooses. Successful people have been taken by the disease as well. The diseases takes all for which they worked. After such, the person has been left with nothing but the disease. These people are left on the streets, a stark reality from where the person began. The person has no other options. The time has come to seek help, but where and how might this happen?
Downtown Cincinnati has many amenities for the less fortunate. The city has instilled programs such as ADAPT and the Talbert house. Both of which provide court ordered treatment programs, yet the person must live somewhere while attending such a place. The city has many halfway houses and shelters to provide a home to people who have none. This has been one silver lining to those who suffer from addiction in Cincinnati. There have been places established to receive help when the situation arises. Charlie’s ¾ house has been providing housing for homeless men for approximately 50 years. The organization started around 1970 to help with the growing problem of addiction. The Shelterhouse , formerly known as the Drop Inn Center, started to get people off the streets into a warmer, more comfortable place. Both facilities continue to do amazing work despite constantly being low on funds. These organizations could try new marketing strategies to bring in more funding. The Shelterhouse has already explore new options. One of which being a build board which reads “Anyone can be homeless. I have a degree in Biology”. Below that the sign states to donate today. Although a unique idea, the sign has not increased the donations thus far.
Charlie’s has tried creative fundraising events. The biggest being Charliepoloza hosted at the Oak Street AA clubhouse, and the second biggest being the fish fry event during the lint. Charliepoloza was a large gathering which consisted of grilled food, games, meetings, stand up comedic, and much more. During the event, split the pot raffle tickets were sold to generate revenue for the halfway house, since the other events were free to see. The ticket sales made money, yet the numbers could be increased easily by implementing strategies. First, news of the event needed to be spread all over the city in hopes of bring more people to the event. This would give a larger population to whom the tickets can be sold. Secondly, the split the pot could be one raffle. There could be numerous raffles. The board of directors at Charlie’s could solicited a local company to donate a television or a computer to be raffled. Instead of losing half the pot, all the ticket sales would go towards the halfway house. This would dramatically change their profit. Lastly the guys selling tickets could have a competition among one another. The volunteer to sell the most tickets wins a gift card to Burger King, yet there would have to be enough of a difference to warrant the cost of the gift card unless there were a company willing to donate to the cause. An underlying theme has occurred. In the events, the organization should find local businesses to support the cause. This would ultimately reduce the costs of the event. In turn this would increase the profits.
The two houses mentioned have been doing outstanding work in the community, and most business owners in the area know of the organizations. Most businesses would be excited to help offering what they could. The problem is getting out there and asking. If these houses want to continue to help those in need the organization must need help. The organizations have methods on how to do this, yet their ideas could improve if the houses want to continue to function.
In Cincinnati, there are established facilities to receive help from trying times. This is the great fact for those in need. Yet these organizations depend heavily upon volunteers and donations. If the organizations lack on either of those than their help becomes very limited. The assistance the group offers can only reach a few when it could be reaching hundreds. That is the difference between having donations and not having donations. The outcome is not of money but of whom it can help.