We've got a few "resolutions" for 2011 and we wanted to take the time to share them with you!
Each of our goals for this year has one thing that unifies them, and that is YOU! We can definitely use your help to ensure that we achieve each of our goals. If you can help us with any of these, please feel free to contact us! We'd love to talk with you about a route to making ideas become a reality.
Well, we can definitely take one of our goals off of the list already! We recieved a donation of 25,000+ cards from a local walmart. For more details check out our last blog : THE DONATION
2. Publicity, publicity, publicity!
With so many cards to get signed, we need to up our exposure! The best way to spread the word is with YOUR help. Send out an email with our website, blog, and facebook page attached, or just take a few minutes to suggest our facebook fan page to some of your facebook friends! A few minutes of your time can helps us tremendously!
Our publicity for the year is off to a great start! Our founder has received a local award called the "Diffee Difference Maker Award", sponsored by Diffee Ford Lincoln Mercury in El Reno, OK and WWLS - The Sports Animal. The Oklahoma County commissioners are also in the process of writing a proclamation to name a day after Ashley. January 12th will officially be "Ashley Hyde Day" in Oklahoma County.
3. Perhaps our largest goal for 2011 is to obtain our 501(c)3 nonprofit status. There is a lot of paperwork and specifics that go into this process. We are currently looking for a lawyer that would like to help us tackle this process and make it happen!
4. Our next goal is to obtain an office space here in OKC. We'd like an office space to work from so we can be more available to our loyal volunteers. We often have people that want to pick up, drop off, or just come by and sign cards. We've been lucky enough to find a supportive staff at a local storage unit, and we are currently keeping all of our cards there. (If you need some storage, go see Randy at American Self Storage - 7801 W Hefner Road!)
5. Our biggest NEED for the year is funds. We are still establishing availability of time and resources in order to nail down a concrete goal for 2011. We do know that our goal will be, AT LEAST, 20,000. This means it will cost an estimated $2,000 just to send the cards that we receive. We also need funds to purchase our card inserts, advertising, storage, weather resistant totes, and supplies for our card parties (instruction sheets, pens, decor, fuel, etc.)
These five resolutions lead up to the one big goal that I know many of you have been waiting for! How many cards are we going to send this year? Well, we know that we would like to double 2010 and aim for 20,000. We learned a lot in our quest for 10,000 cards last year, and we are trying to set an attainable, and somewhat organized goal. We are also continuing to contact facilities in order to estimate how many we will need to cover a certain number of states/facilities. So, for now, lets press on towards 20,000! That means you! Get out those cards and start signing. With a goal of 20,000 in our sights, we need to start now!
This year's deadline is going to be on November 1st instead of December 1st. That leaves 298 days to sign cards at 68 cards a day!
One down and four to go! Let us know if you'd like to help.
Thank you for your generousity and support. We couldn't continue this journey without you!