DETROIT — Focus: Hope and Groupon Grassroots, the philanthropic arm of Groupon, are partnering on a weeklong campaign to raise money for the delivery of holiday meals to at least 800 local senior citizens.
The “Share with a Senior” campaign will be available on the Detroit Groupon Grassroots page, www.groupon.com/deals/focus-hope, beginning Monday, Nov. 5 and running through Sunday, Nov. 11. Utilizing Groupon Grassroots’ collective action model, Groupon subscribers can pledge monetary donations to support the seniors’ holiday meals program. The first $1,000 in contributions made through the Focus: Hope/Groupon Grassroots partnership will be matched by a private donor.
“We are excited about this collaboration with online giant Groupon. The campaign provides a great use of technology to raise funds for one of our most important holiday programs,” said Focus: Hope CEO William F. Jones, Jr. “Every year, we have hundreds of low-income senior citizens in our food program who look forward to receiving a special delivery of groceries to make a wonderful holiday meal.”
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Groupon Grassroots campaign will be used to provide the delivery of holiday meals to the senior citizens on Saturday, Dec. 15. Focus: Hope is also recruiting volunteers to pick up food boxes between 8 and 10 a.m. at its Oakman Boulevard warehouse and deliver them to homebound senior citizens throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties. The seniors are low income participants in the federal Commodity Supplemental Food Program administered by Focus: Hope. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, call (313) 494-4401.
Focus: Hope is a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization in Detroit founded in 1968 after the Detroit riots. Throughout the years, Focus: Hope developed numerous programs in its efforts to overcome racism, poverty and injustice, including food, career training, and community development programs. Through Focus: Hope, thousands of individuals – especially women and minorities — have achieved financial independence. For more information, visit www.focushope.edu.