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Warm Hearts on Chili Tuesday

November 30, 2018

This past Tuesday was a very special day for the global giving community known as Giving Tuesday. The Rochester community celebrated in true Rochester fashion by participating in the United Way’s ROC the Day event. Donors (or ROCstars, as they’re called) from all over were able to visit the giving platform offered by the United Way and support their favorite organizations around Rochester.

 

This one day giving extravaganza allows anyone and everyone to show their support for organizations that align with their philanthropic values, all without missing a beat. So many of us these days are constantly busy and rarely have time to volunteer or attend charity events. This online giving event allows those of us with jam-packed schedules to show our support in a matter of seconds.

 

This year, 7,462 donors raised $697,172 for local organizations. With your help, InterVol was able to raise more than double our total from last year with $2,096.75. Thanks to an incredibly generous matching grant from Launch Team, that amount will be doubled!

 

In addition to participating in the ROC the Day festivities, we wanted to do even more to celebrate Giving Tuesday. So we decided to host a Fall Open House event. We wanted to give people a chance to get to know a little bit more about what we do here at InterVol. So many people have heard of us but aren’t quite sure what it is we do here. This gave them an opportunity to come in, ask questions, and get a closer look at how we operate.

 

Everyone who stopped by were also able to see what sorting looks like and were maybe even inspired to come volunteer! During the Open House, we hosted a marathon sorting party. Our usual sorting parties take about two hours but on Tuesday, volunteers came and sorted supplies for four straight hours! Don’t worry though, they were rewarded handsomely with chili, cider, donuts, cupcakes, and candy.

We had such an incredible time meeting new supporters, spending time with our long-time volunteers, and connecting with our community during this holiday season. We are beyond grateful for everyone who has supported InterVol over the years and those who continue to support it to this day. So on behalf of all of those who receive InterVol aid who may never be able to thank you personally, we just want to say thank you, from the bottom of our hearts; we truly appreciate the massive support you have all shown us these past few decades.

Now to the part you’ve all been waiting for… recipes from the chili contest! Congrats to one of our long-time volunteers, Jeanne Guarino on winning first place with h