Fighting Poverty with Passion
The month of March has been a hectic month for A’s & Aces. There were so many events and programs going on, there was not much time to sort attendance data. March is when the 2014 Summer Camp application is finally drafted and finalized by New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC). Although the application was scheduled to come out on the first of the month, we did not receive it until two weeks in. During the whole month, there have been a slew of telephone calls from parents that want to have their children participate in our summer camp program. During the first two weeks, when we did not have an application, I was getting around 10 phone calls a day asking about registration. Without an application to point to, I guided most of them to our website and asked them to sign up for our newsletter, since we would be posting the application there. After the applications came out, there were piles of applications waiting for me at the office at the end of the day, waiting to be processed.
While all the madness with our summer camp was unfolding, we were in the midst of preparing to test our new fundraiser that we’ve ever done. In the fall, two of our board members voiced the idea of having a small fundraiser in the spring. They suggested hosting a party with a silent auction. So for the month of March, A’s & Aces was particularly busy with acquiring auction items for the wine and cheese party that we hosted on March 21st. Although I was able to attend this event, I wasn’t really able to mingle with any of our potential donors since I had to sign people in at the door. Between handing out name tags and programs, I was able to sneak in a few sandwiches and cubes of cheese. All in all, it was a very successful event with over 80 guests. With this experience, we definitely need some fine tuning for next year.
Toward the end of the month, I was pretty occupied with NORDC partnership obligations. March 29th was NORDC’s Summer Camp Expo that they advertise to the public about the subsidized summer camp opportunities available. I was also able to attend a press conference with the Mayor thanking the NORDC partners for their work this summer.