Give the Gift of Video this Holiday Season

Non-Profit Companies in Need of Your Video Skills

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Let’s take a minute to remember what this season is all about. This holiday season, why not give the gift of video? If you find you have some extra time in between the caroling, feasts and family festivities, we have some amazing non-profit organizations that are desperately in need of whatever pro bono skills you can offer. (Would you love to help but have no extra time this holiday? No worries, you can still lend a hand by sharing their mission via social media.) 


“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” ~Charles M. Schulz 

HUG WRAPS

Brenda Jones, a breast cancer survivor, started a small nonprofit called Hug Wraps. She creates hand made hospital gown alternatives for cancer patients to wear to various treatments. She struggles each day, just to keep Hug Wraps going. But, she never gives up! Where there's a will, there's a way. A video would surely help her to connect on a more professional level and be taken seriously for the devotion and purpose she has, for helping cancer patients everywhere. She would use this video as a press release to attract media, send it to hospital radiation and oncology centers, to seek potential sponsors and speaking engagements.....just to name a few

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ANIMAL HOUSE PROJECT

In 2001, Nina Frangieh started a No Kill Rescue, but realized that 95% of the dogs, cats and animals being surrendered were because the families could not afford to feed them and/or get basic help, so in 2004, she created the Chester County Pet Food Pantry under the 2 Moon Junction Animal House Project - a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization.

We believe that a video will capture all of the people that we service and get the word out faster than the slow organic growth that the organization has garnered. As the number of families is increasing, using Video will help propel our fundraising efforts faster.

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CAREGIVER VOLUNTEERS OF CENTRAL JERSEY

Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey is a nonprofit that helps the elderly, disabled and those with dementia remain independent. Allservices are free, through a volunteer network of about 1,000 amazing folks who drive to medical appts, shop, provide respite to caregivers and ease loneliness.

In 2009, they started a Caregiver Canines therapy dog program that makes 1-on-1 matches between therapy dogs and the elderly who visit once/week in the person's home. These matches are wonderful and geared towards the elderly and disabled who LOVE dogs, but are not able to care for one any longer. The therapy dogs that visit people with dementia also bring a tremendous amount of joy. It would beincredibly helpful for this organization to have a video which shows visits in action for promotion at seminars, and also when we apply for new grants

This would be a tremendous gift to the agency and would help them spread the word to encourage others to adopt this model. They do not have any budget, but if someone iswilling to help, they might be able to get a pet-related business to help out and sponsor a bit.

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ORANGE COUNTY COASTKEEPER

Orange County Coastkeeper is a clean water nonprofit that works to protect and promote sustainable water resources that are swimmable, drinkable and fishable. This work is often complex and difficult for the average person to understand. For example, how our advocacy work on MS4 permits and stormwater compliance is actually really cool! <-- hardly anyone knows what that means.

We are searching for a simple motion graphic video that would be able to break down all that we do, and simply tell our story for the general public to understand.

A video like this would help our bottom line because the more people who understand what we do, and why it is so critical to our livelihoods, the more likely we are to get support from individual and corporate donors. We
have no budget for a project like this, but would be willing to invest around $1,500 - $2,000 to get a one-and-a-half or two minute video.

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CORNERSTONE THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER

Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center helps disabled children and wounded warriors/vets through horseback riding therapy.

Recently, a generous donor gave Cornerstone an entire horse ranch near San Diego! We moved to the new ranch last month. The ranch was unoccupied for years and needs a lot of work and equipment to get back to normal.

We have donors we would love to appeal to for help, but written words don't come close to the power of a good video. If we received a donation of a video we could promote it extensively with the press, current and potential donors, and through social media. We could turn this video into funds that would allow Cornerstone to get the new ranch up & running, and also allow us to help even more children and wounded warriors.

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SPAY FIRST

Ruth Steinberger, Founder of Spay First, is working on a very exciting project with the U.S. government to test a potential dog sterilant that has proven successful with other animals. If it works on dogs this could be a game changer around the world helping to prevent unborn litters of wild dogs - there are about a half billion wild dogs that live terrible lives and are threats to people around the globe. It would be wonderful if we could get video about this trail-blazing project - it is being run out of Oklahoma and in conjunction with Native American reservations - it was featured on AP: 


Also, due to this project, Spay First's Founder, Ruth Steinberger, was selected as a local hero by Cesar Milan's magazine!

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POINT FOUNDATION

Point Foundation, which provides college scholarships and mentoring to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students, is working on launching a social good day promoting a new cause campaign - think World AIDS Day or National Coming Out Day). Our "Day" will be emphasizing the importance of graduating from college -- particularly for members of the LGBTQ community. Point exists because many LGBTQ young people are rejected by their families, making getting into and completing college difficult.

Our current video are mostly byproducts of events where we have honored corporations for their support, and they have created in-kind donations very traditional (i.e. talking heads against white background) videos of scholarship recipients, which then were shown at the fundraisers. While nice, these are not the kind of videos that get people's attention on social media. That's what we are looking for! As to a budget, we don't have a dedicated budget for video production. However we could come up with some money/in-kind donations from contacts to help with related expenses for video production, such as equipment rental, meals, travel reimbursement, etc.
I'd be happy to brainstorm more with anyone who might be interested in helping us out.

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CAMP CAREFREE

The magic of Camp Carefree is hard to capture, but a video would go a long way in telling our story. We need it to offer to local TV stations as a PSA, but also of course to host and promote online. We need to raise awareness of our camp, and that we are the original special needs camp in the Piedmont region of NC. We need community donations (money and labor) to survive. We don't have video shooting or editing capabilities in-house, but we could probably have some of our creative volunteer to help with a creative concept and storyboard. And of course I would be very involved to coordinate shooting and to act as liaison with Camp.

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images courtesy of Google, Hug Wraps, Animal House Project, Caregiver Volunteers, Orange County Coastkeeper, Cornerstone Riding Center, SpayFirst, Point Foundation and Camp Carefree.

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