Being Pushed Beyond… Discovery Church Mission Trip July 2019

The 2019 Mission Trip with Discovery Christian Church was a success!. Relationships were formed, fun was had, dancing was a given and a must.   The team was able to experience and see a small sample in the day in a life of a Kenyan women living in Kibingoti.  They carried water on their backs from the river below to the village and did some farming.  They also participated in a feeding program at one of the schools in Umoja that some of our LIFT kids attend.  And lastly, while everyone else was watching the Lion King the mission team experienced the live version by going on a safari with some of our Joseph’s House students.    Our mission trips to Kenya make an impact on those who go.  I was reminded of this after one of the days visiting Kwa Njenga, a slum of Nairobi.  I took the team to Gifted Prince School where they were able to meet the kids we serve, meet with the teachers and staff and some of the LIFT families.  I could see on the team’s faces that getting to the school was difficult for them.  They had to walk through open sewage, duck their […]

Job Opening – Communications Assistant

Light Up Hope Communications Assistant Paid role – $15/hour Time commitment – 2 hour staff meeting 2x per month (or 1 one-on-one meeting) plus 5-8 hours per week.  Increased hours needed preceding annual fundraising gala. Working alongside President and Chief Operating Officer to create and distribute content which will engage our donor base. Manage, plan, and create a schedule for frequency of communications to our donors on email, regular mail, website blog, and social media. Occasional opportunity to travel to Kenya to work alongside Light Up Hope’s President and Kenyan staff. Submit resume and cover letter with two references to Kelly.Little@Lightuphope.org  

Kids who don’t have food to eat, can’t learn!

Dear Friends, This is why Light Up Hope has a piece of my heart. Years ago, I was a first-grade teacher in California. I was fresh out of college and was hired to teach in a small school where 90% of my students were the children of migrant farm workers. These parents worked very hard all day for very little money. The school received special funding for supplies and most of the children were enrolled in the free lunch program. For them, a mere human need – food – was a “luxury.” For many of the children, lunch was the only real meal they would receive that day. This was not because they were neglected. Their parents simply could not afford to fill the refrigerator with food. I saw firsthand how hunger can affect a child’s ability to learn. Hunger makes it hard ot focus, hard to retain information, hard to learn. So I started stocking my supply closet with granola bars and fruit. I also started buying school supplies during Back to School sales, to use as “prizes” in the classroom. I loved to see how the kids’ faces would light up when they chose a box of crayons […]

How a university education changed my life!

Dear Friends, My grandparents and parents were migrant workers; they traveled between Colorado and Texas for work. My grandparents on both sides of the family have no higher than an early elementary education. While growing up, my Dad and his siblings went to school in Colorado for part of the year. When the work was done in Colorado, they went back to Texas with their family and went to school there for the other part of the year. When my Dad was in 8th grade, my grandparents decided they wanted something better for their kids. They wanted them to finish a full year of school at one location. My grandparents decided the way to achieve this goal was to move to Ohio to take factory jobs and raise their kids. For my grandparents, high school education was vital, and they pushed my father and his siblings to do great in school and achieve this goal. However, once my Dad received his high school diploma, he realized even that would not be enough and that he would need a university education to truly get ahead in life. My Dad held a full-time job, had a family, and went to night school […]

How recurring, monthly donations help Light Up Hope to do its work

Why are recurring monthly donations so important to nonprofits, and how do they help us to do our work? Have you asked the question: Why should I set-up a recurring donation? Can’t I just wait for the annual gala fundraiser or the Christmas giving campaign and make a single, lump-sum donation, then? Because we support students and their families year-round, monthly budgeting is key to effectively running our programs. Receiving donations each month allows us to better plan for both the short-term as well as for the future. If we have a significant number of recurring donations, we do not have to wait for the annual fundraiser in the spring to set goals to maintain our programs at current levels, or even, to expand and strengthen the reach and impact of our work, by: accepting and supporting new K-12 students, informing our high schoolers of available spots in our university program, initiating planned, but as of yet, unfunded, services like the community feeding component of our LIFT program. For example, in the fall, our senior high school students are taking their final term exams for graduation. These students will be waiting for word from us before planning their next steps. […]