"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Margaret Mead
 

Celebrating 2018 and Dreaming for 2019

How Will You Make An Impact in 2019?

 

FFCC is celebrating all the ways that TOGETHER we have made a difference in 2018, and we invite you to dream with us for 2019.  Where are you drawn to want to help? Share your ideas with us and let's make the most of every opportunity in this New Year! 

2018 Highlights

Lilac Fire, San Diego County (Dec 2017), 157 structure burned

In January, FFCC helped 6 families who were impacted

Hurricane Florence, North Carolina & beyond (Sept 2018)

Raised $170,000 to help families rebuild

3 trips in 2018 (more trips in 2019)

Assessed 25 homes, 9 complete, 7 in progress, 5 more in queue

 

Northern Haiti Earthquake (Oct 2018)

FFCC provided shelter and medical care to more than 28 families

 

Rapid Emergency Response

In partnership with local government & other organizations, FFCC is connecting community members to training opportunities for Community Emergency Response Teams, Shelter training, Ham Radio and more.  Trained, equipped and ready to respond is the heart of FFCC

 

Local Family Care

  • 62,000 lbs. of non-perishable food was donated to FFCC's food pantry & distributed to local families
  • 43,000 lbs. of fresh food was rescued and distributed
  • 51,600 lbs. of fresh produce was donated by the Backyard Produce Project
  • 120 students received backpacks, school supplies or needed school clothing
  • 978 Thanksgiving dinners provided
  • 445 gifts to children and families during the holidays

 

Fight Against Hunger Events 

In 2018, 23 events, 5 states, 1.4 million meals

Since 2007, 159 events, 6 states, 8 international events (100,000 meals), 18 million total meals

 

Homeless Outreach & Senior Outreach at Silvercrest

FFCC serves 80 – 100 guests each month.  We are partnering with Samahan Health Clinics to assist those who have no insurance or are uninsured so that they have access to needed medical care

 

Salvation Army’s Door of Hope, a women’s transitional facility

FFCC in partnership with Hunter Industries and Abraxas High School, have created a garden project to benefit those at Door of Hope.  There is also a monthly community outreach activity for the mamas and their children. 

 

Tanzania

Focus – delivered needed medication to a rural clinic, met with the Office of the Prime Minister to discuss FFCC’s Albinism initiative and continue to look for creative ways to create jobs

 

 

 

Haiti 

FFCC made 5 trips to Haiti with a total of 60 volunteers in 2018.  Here’s some of what was accomplished:

National Agriculture conference – 60 attendees from around the country learning about FFCC’s seed bank and Manja Lakay meals (Haitian version of FFCC’s Fight Against Hunger meals)

New Haitian Coordinator for FFCC’s Community Health Education & Care Initiative – caring for 8 teachers, 230 students and 150 parents

Construction continued on the Shepherd House Secondary School, completion date set for April.  School will open in the fall

Medical & Dental care – 1,900 patients cared for by FFCC’s U.S & Haitian medical team in 2018. In addition to the patient care, training and teaching was also a priority of FFCC’s medical team

Ayiti Academy – 26 Haitian students are currently enrolled in college thanks to FFCC sponsors. In December, 3 Ayiti Academy nursing students graduated from nursing school. They will take their nursing board test in October 

 

Dreams and Plans for 2019

Door of Hope– ribbon cutting for Garden Project

Kenya– FFCC has been invited by a Kenyan organization to come and see the needs and how we might help with issues such as lack of potable water and food shortages 

Zanzibar & Pemba Island– investigating how to help with issues of deforestation

Tanzania– continuing to strategize about our Albinism Initiative – a possible fundraiser, a ride across Tanzania (for all you bikers)

Haiti– Secondary School completed. Ground-breaking on the Vocational Training School 

Fight Against Hunger– A new recipe, we are switching from granulated soy to lentils increasing the protein from 11 to 20 grams. We also have a newly deigned pouch.

Monthly Food Distributions, Homeless Outreach & FFCC’s other local outreaches will continue – join us! 

Share your ideas and join our effort to build community through serving in all kinds of ways. Contact Tina Socha at tina.socha@ffccsd.org for how to get involved. Happy New Year! 

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