One of our top priorities as HHI grows is to stay as transparent as possible to our supporters and let you know what is happening within the organization. This blog will be the main source to carry that out, so check back often to see how we are tracking towards our first surgical care trip to Guaranda, Ecuador in Fall 2013, as well as how we are working to get the word out on our mission and grow our support base.
So Where Are We Now?Last week was a big step for HHI; we submitted our Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service. Basically, we filing for 501(c)(3) status, making donations we accept tax deductible (...like yours?!).
|David's excited to get this in the mail|
We've also received a ton of support from friends and family (THANK YOU!!) in helping raise funds for our application fee, having a website created/hosted, etc, as well as offering their time and ideas to get the word out about HHI. Our next step is working to develop our brand (if you or someone you know has experience (or a willingness!) in logo design, we'd love to talk to you) and putting together the details for our first trip, which is less than a year away.
We're also having conversations with groups that will be able to help HHI work on a larger scale; meaning more annual trips and caring for hundreds (hopefully thousands) more people in need to surgical care that they don't currently have access to. More on that to come...
That's pretty much it for now. Hopefully this shows you a little bit about how we'll be using this blog moving forward. We'll aslo be sharing profiles of ourselves and both community and medical mission volunteers, as well as some of the people that HHI will be caring for. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be involved in any way with HHI or have any questions. For more information on what we're about, check out our website (and find us on facebook and twitter).