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Our grant committee

We’ve made mention of the fine work of the grant committee previously so I thought it was time to spotlight them.

The grant committee is headed by Sandy Napoleon-Hudson who has been volunteering with Good Mews since February of 2005.  Sandy and her committee have had a lot of success helping to gain much needed funds for Good Mews‘ ongoing programs including:

  • Two grants from the Eleanor Patterson Baker Fund for new cages and for a back up generator
  • A $7500 grant from PetsMart Charities in support of our foster care program
  • Two grants received through our work with the ASPCA – $5000 each to help with medical expenses incurred from the cats taken after the Kentucky floods and those taken in from the Pennsylvania sanctuary.

As Sandy says it can be discouraging work because, by nature, a grant committee receives many more rejections than grants themselves.  But when you get a grant it is very rewarding because you know the impact those funds will have.

She has her committee broken into several sub-committees:

Research – searching for grant opportunities that Good Mews may be eligible for

Writers – Those who write the letters of inquiry or applications.  Over the years the committee has been able to create a database of past approaches so the writers of a wealth of examples to call upon.

Data gatherers – many grant applications call for a great many numbers or statistics.  These are the people that keep track of how many cats have come into and been adopted from Good Mews in a given period of time, the source of each of those cats, how many cats are in the HALO program and how would expenditures are associated with them, etc.

Editors – a new set of eyes to check for completion and accuracy

Recently the work of the grant committee has doubled as they’ve added searching and applying for capital grants in support of our new building to their ongoing work of funding for our operating expenses.  If this sounds like interesting work to you, leave  a comment and we’ll see if Sandy can put your talents to use.

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Community Partnerships

At the winner’s luncheon for the Southwest LUV Grants for Good we were able to connect with several organizations doing great things in our community.  One of the other finalists in the small charity category was a group called VOX Teen Communications whose mission statement is helping “teens from diverse backgrounds develop skills to express themselves effectively and build a strong community.”

Recently VOX contacted Good Mews to see if we would be interested in hosting one of their teens, Shanaejha, at the shelter as part of their job-shadowing program.  Managing Editor Katie Strangis explains the program:

“Through the VOX Graduation Countdown program, teens are given support for life after high school. They attend  workshops (focusing on topics such as applying for college and how to live on a budget) and interact with adult mentors. Teens are also given individual support for setting and achieving goals for after graduation. They then often pass that new knowledge along to VOX readers through the newspaper and the VOX blog.

One component of Graduation Countdown is the Take a Teen to Work job-shadowing project, matching VOX teens with professionals in their fields of interest during breaks from school (usually Spring Break). Mentors host students at work for day and generally treat them to lunch to answer questions about their work. Teens get to experience the workplace and get insights into potential careers, and then they share their experiences with our audience through our newspaper and blog. The teens choose diverse career paths to shadow, including  television and print journalists to web development and veterinary interests. Past partners have included CNN/Turner, Atlanta Magazine, Georgia Tech’s Women in Engineering Program, WSB-TV, WXIA and The Highland Bakery.”

Shanaejha, pictured below with our very own Tricky, is extremely interested in working with animals and got lots of hands on experience during her day at Good Mews.  We’ll be linking to her blog post here so stay tuned for her take on the day.  Thanks to VOX for reaching out to us.  Good Mews values our relationships with other area non-profits.

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25,000 reasons to say thank you

Southwest Airlines LUV Grants for Good check presentation

Representatives from the 15 organizations chosen as finalists in the Southwest Airlines Grants for Good contest were invited to a luncheon yesterday where the winners were announced.  As you can see it was a big day for Good Mews.  Than you to everyone who took the time to vote and/or spread the word.  We could not have done it without your support!  It was an honor to be in the company of the 14 other charities who are doing so much in our community.  And thank you to Southwest.  We are pleased to having you flying in Atlanta.  Your level of commitment is amazing.

Yesterday was a very good day for Good Mews and that money will help us to good things in our community.   With last year’s purchase of our very own building we expect more exciting things will continue to happen for the kitties of Good Mews.  Stay tuned!

Read Southwest’s press release

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Kibbles and Bits

Just a couple short but exciting announcements.

We begin collecting items for our annual spring flea market today.  You may take your items to our storefront at the East Lake Shopping Center (2145 Roswell Road, Ste. 40 Marietta, GA 30062.)  Volunteers will be accepting drop offs from 10-2 on Fridays and Saturdays and 12-3 on Sundays or by appointment during the week.

You may download a flyer with additional information on our website.  And once you’ve downloaded the flyer, why not send it along to some friends and family?  Remember this is our largest fundraiser of the year and we need a lot of items to make it so successful!

If you are interested in helping with the flea market set-up, you may sign up for a shift here.

And secondly, Southwest Airlines is celebrating their arrival in the Atlanta market by giving you a chancee to support YOUR favorite local nonprofit AND enter for the chance to win a trip for 2 to Las Vegas via Southwest Vacations.  Good Mews is very pleased to be one of those local nonprofits.

We are one of 15 finalists for a $25,000 grant!  Our chances are really good but we still need a lot of support.  Please go to http://southwest.promo.eprize.com/grant/ and vote for Good Mews in the small charity category.  Voting is open tp residents of the state of Georgia who are 18 and over.  You may vote once a day  until March 18th.  Please vote everyday and encourage all of your Georgia friends to do so as well.  You can imagine what $25,000 would mean to our shelter!

If only our kitties could vote!

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Catching up with Priscilla

Several posts back you were introduced to the Good Mews Golden Companions program.  This program is so highly thought of that it earned us a grant from the Doris Day Animal Foundation which offsets the adoption fee for cats adopted through the program.

Priscilla, whose adoption fee was paid through the grant, was recently featured in an article and the photos below were taken in her new home with her loving owner John “Bud” Lovell who thanked Good Mews for “helping me find just the right cat for me and my lifestyle.”

Part of our adoption process is for a counselor to have a conversation with potential adopters to understand not only what they want but what would be a good fit for their household and situation.

Thank you Mr. Lovell for giving Priscilla the loving home she deserves!

 

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Golden Companions

Certain kinds of cats sometimes have a harder time getting adopted; shy cats, cats with injuries or illnesses that require a lot of medications or older cats.

The Good Mews Golden Companions program is designed to help our senior cats find their own special home.  If you are 65 or older and you choose one of our senior felines, the adoption fee is just $65.  Research has shown that owning a pet helps to lower stress and blood pressure and make us happier so senior felines make a great match for senior humans!

This program is so special it earned Good Mews a $5000 grant from the Doris Day Animal Foundation. “When we learned about Good Mews, we knew we had to help,” Miss Day said from her home in Carmel, California.  “We fund other charitable 501(c) (3) non-profit organizations that help animals and the people who love them, and Good Mews and their terrific volunteers are doing good work for their community and the cats they love. We’re proud to be able to help.”

This grant is specifically targeted toward our Golden Companions program, and provides the funding to waive the fees for our senior cats that are adopted by senior citizens. In addition, this grant also assists with the funding of the HALO costs relating to our senior cats in the HALO program. The Doris Day Animal Foundation strongly supports the benefits of the companionship that senior cats can provide to senior citizens, a position also strongly supported by Good Mews.

For more information on the Golden Companion program go to the Good Mews website.  And to see our Golden Companion kitties check out our video.

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