Outreach prepares for inaugural ‘Give Hope Day’ Nov. 15

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published November 1, 2019

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WARREN — For a dozen years, the annual Taste of Hope auction and tastefest served as the main fundraising force behind the popular Summerfest outreach founded in 2004 as a community-serving ministry of Warren’s Liberty Foursquare Church.

For the first time this year, organizers plan to harness the power of social media and the internet for a new fundraising campaign.

“On Nov. 15, we will host Give Hope Day,” said Katie Miller, the program coordinator for Liberty Family Outreach.

The day will include 12 hours of live-streamed interviews with Liberty staff members, sponsors, volunteers, community leaders, local officials and people the outreach ministry has served. The content will be accessible to supporters throughout those 12 hours on Facebook and across social media.

“People will be able to donate online all day long,” Miller said.

Give Hope Day will culminate with the “A Night of Hope and Laughter” comedy show live at the Warren Community Center, featuring Michigan native Kerri Pomarolli, known as “Hollywood’s favorite good girl” for her clean mix of comedy, inspiration and message. The show will also feature “the pastor of comedy,” Tim Steele.

Everyone is welcome to attend the family-friendly event. The show will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in the auditorium of the Warren Community Center at 5460 Arden Ave. Tickets for the show cost $15 in advance.

The outreach has set a goal to raise $100,000 during the 24-hour Give Hope Day event. All proceeds will support the efforts of Liberty Family Outreach to assist hurting families and help those in the community who are struggling to meet everyday needs.

The ministry hosts a wide range of programs, including Summerfest, a food pantry and English as a second language classes. Summerfest alone has helped thousands of families over the last 16 years by providing back-to-school necessities, including backpacks full of supplies, haircuts, bike tuneups and sports physicals.

Community giving has become increasingly popular over the last 10 years, thanks to coordinated efforts that include the “giving day” concept. To support its own local initiative, Liberty Family Outreach has partnered with the “Giving Day Guy,” Chris Strub, an expert in giving day best practices and event live-streaming.

Strub has worked to host giving day events across the U.S. with various nonprofits, has written two books and has addressed audiences around the world as a keynote speaker. He’s helped to collectively raise tens of millions of dollars through giving days, the largest of which was in Louisville in September, where nonprofits raised $6.88 million in a one-day “Give for Good” event.

Strub said the most popular giving day in the world is “Giving Tuesday,” held in late November each year after Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

“People like being part of Giving Tuesday, but they really like being able to support local movements and local organizations,” Strub said. “That’s where a lot of these local giving days around the U.S. have popped up. Some of them are in the spring. Some are in the fall. Each giving day gives a community the opportunity to celebrate the nonprofits that are making their communities a better place.”

Pastor Terry Frazier, of Liberty Foursquare Church, said, “We face a growing demand to help people in need and find ourselves needing to expand our fundraising scope. We are hoping that the expansive reach of the internet can help us leverage donors around the country. A simple $10 donation doesn’t seem like much, but when thousands of people make that small sacrifice, we can make a huge impact in the lives of people in need in our community.

“Liberty Family Outreach is committed to providing hope to those who face devastating challenges. We pray that Give Hope Day will spread the word and create new partnerships for us,” Frazier said.

To buy tickets for the live show on Nov. 15, or for more information about what’s planned for Give Hope Day, visit libertyfamilyoutreach.com or call (586) 754-2400.

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