Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Dining Out for Life is this Thursday March 10th! This is the event I have been working on for 2 and a half months. There has been a lot of work put into this and I am so ready for it to happen.
For those who may not know what Dining Out for Life is, don't mind if I indulge you.
You didn't think you'd get off the hook that easy did you?
First and foremost I work at a non-profit called Food & Friends. Food & Friends prepares, packages and delivers specialized nutritional meals to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life challenging illnesses in the DC metro area. Since 1988, more than 13.5 million meals have been delivered to more than 20,000 individuals in need. Currently Food & Friends serves 2,800 clients in a 5,300 mile radius.
Now onto the event-
Dining Out for Life is an international event that raises money through restaurant food sales contributions to support organizations that help people living with HIV/AIDS. Dining Out for Life is in multiple cities across the United States and supports many different organizations.
This year, Food & Friends has 145 restaurants in the DC metro area participating. These restaurants donate between 25%-110% of their food sales on March 10th to Food & Friends life-sustaining services.
This event is great in the fact that anyone can participate. All you have to do is dine out at a participating restaurant to help make an impact in the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life challenging illnesses.
To help increase our funds we also recruit volunteers to act as Food & Friends representatives at each restaurant. These volunteers called ambassadors spread the word about Food & Friends, Dining Out for Life and how to make additional contributions to support the organization. This is where most of my sweat and tears have been poured into. I manage and coordinate all things having to do with volunteers, which can be very challenging. But these ambassadors are pivotal for our event. Every restaurant that has an ambassador on average raises $830 more in donations than a restaurant without an ambassador and with 145 restaurants that makes a big difference.
Please if you are in the DC metro area, consider Dining Out on Thursday March 10th!
For a full listing of participating restaurants go to www.foodandfriends.org/dol!
Shameless plug over. I promise to have more baking and less selling very soon!