MY Project USA Spent $234,562 To Empower Columbus Youth & Families In 2018 MY Deah's Warehouse Business Paves The Road To Financial Stability For The Organization
MY Project USA Family,
My name is Russ Harris and I am the Treasurer of MY Project USA. I want to talk to you about our financial outlook
From the very beginning, the focus of MY Project USA has been to invest directly in the Hilltop area because of the high number of children at risk in this neighborhood. We chose Wedgewood community as our pilot neighborhood and have worked tirelessly to help them improve from inside. We are achieving our goals by empowering the youth and families of these communities to shape a better tomorrow for themselves, the positive changes in community are much more sustainable over time.
MY Project USA spent $234, 562 to protect and empower youth and families in Columbus in 2018. Over 70 percent of the resources to implement programs and hire a small staff came from direct public support/donations. In the past three years nearly 450 individuals and organizations have given resources MY Project USA. The fact that many of these individuals and organizations have donated every year shows that they have witnessed the positive improvements in the Hilltop and Wedgewood communities and satisfied in investing their charity dollars in this organization.
Some 66 percent of the expenditures went directly to job training, entrepreneurship and youth development. While spending around $30,500 this last year on the Pantry and Soup Kitchen, the volunteers were able to serve more than 100 families each Saturday morning and it continues. Since the starting of MY Family Pantry at a larger scale in the November of 2016, MY Project USA has served more than 1.7 million meals and snacks.
There are two operational spheres to the business model of MY Project USA. MY Deah’s Store and Warehouse follow the Goodwill stores model. Collection containers are placed around Columbus and in the Dayton area. The items donated in bulk are taken to the warehouse for sorting. Free items are provided to needy community members per their need and request. Some items are kept in MY Deah’s thrift store for sale at very cheap prices. That helps pay rent and utilities of the store. Furniture is sold at the warehouse and online. Some high-end items are also sold online. The rest of the donations are bailed into thousand-pound bales. These bales are then sold to commercial re-cyclers. The money generated by the container sales is then used to support the community programs and needs. Our Operations Manager, Mr. Bill Huffman manages these operations.
Hopefully by God’s blessing and your support in the shape of more donations, this overall operation will be scaled up during this year to make the resources available to the organization nearly self-sustainable by the end of 2019.
At the moment, we are looking for more locations to place our donation bins. We are also looking for more partners that could do used shoes and clothes drives at their facilities once a month or so. This would help us fill up our containers fasters and we would be able to generate more money each month to fund much needed programs including employment and capacity building of our refugee and under-privileged youth and adults.
In the meantime, we also need your direct donations in the form of money to sustain and grow what we have built and achieved together. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in partnering with us. My email is Treasurer@MYProjectUSA.org. I will look forward to seeing more support coming in from your side.
Treasurer, MY Project USA
Chairman, Soccer Advisory Board, Hilltop Tigers
Sign Up To Help With A Soccer Field Prep For Hundreds Of Children
Many children and families in The Wedgewood Village Apartments do not have daily access to any organized recreation outside their schools. On March 31st, we will build their very first soccer field to start a recreational soccer program for them all.
With the main objective of addressing the issue of drugs and gangs in the neighborhood, several activities have been planned to help Columbus police officers, local youth and adults interact with each other in positive ways. A comprehensive sports program is being developed in the neighborhood and this field will be used on daily basis to provide organized soccer within their apartment complex.
We need help with food and labor. Please sign up now. As always, you can also help My Project USA continue to serve the Wedgewood community by Donating Online at MYProjectUSA.org