Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Getting Started Q&A #2

If you missed "Getting Started Q&A" read it first, and then come back for #2.

Do you have a budget and/or goal?
YES! If you signed up for our newsletter (use Subscribe button) you received a link to our budget. If not, you may request one through email.  * Tyrone [@)] BartonsOnBoard [dot] com *
If your family starts Mercy Ships in June, why do you need to raise support now? 
There are several reasons BUT first let me explain our process. All the gifts that you send in go to an account set up for us by Mercy Ships. Mercy Ships needs to see that we are reaching our goals and that your support is in place before we can go. And that takes time.
While we are still working and raising financial partners we don't use that money. Money that accumulates before we start in June helps with start-up expenses.  Passports, immunizations, training fees, and travel are start-up expenses. These are not all, but it gives you an idea.
Your budget shows an expected cost breakdown per month for two years. Why two years?
Two years is the smallest commitment of time for our position. It keeps the goal obtainable and simple to explain. After the 2 years is complete I will readjust the budget. We plan to continue past our commitment as long as we have the funding!
Where are YOU at in the process?
At this point there is no going back. It is now January. Our house will list (for sale) this month and we already have buyers interested! Besides work and daily life we are trying to clean the house, do laundry, and raise our two young boys. Sleep deprived, living on coffee, and still happy! After the boys go to bed (either at night or during nap) we are:
  • Letter stuffing to ask for financial partners
  • Scheduling times to share with small groups
  • Steam cleaning carpet
  • Scrubbing baseboards, trim, moldings, walls...
  • Clean, organize, throw away, give to friends, drop at Thrift Store, sell at yard sale, REPEAT! (we have found using the largest online yard sale through Facebook is amazing!)
  • Asking doctors what immunizations can come through their office. What will insurance pay for...
  • Filling out paperwork for passport renewals for us, first passports for the boys
  • Writing updates to you, our partners in this!
Wow! You know how fast time goes by when your busy. May will soon be upon us!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Fearless Fresh - Stephanie Stiavetti

On the right hand side of my site below "Popular Posts" I have a "Free Culinary Resource Page". This is where I gather links that I think would be helpful to other people who love to cook. Check it out if you haven't already! Today I am adding a link to an old, new website.

Awhile ago I subscribed to The Culinary Life Newsletter. But due to a technical glitch, I quit receiving emails. Originally it was a food blog at TheCulinaryLife.com. It has since changed its name to FearlessFresh.com, where Stephanie Stiavetti is building a free online cooking school.

 Fearless Fresh - Stephanie Stiavetti
If you sign up for her updates you get a link(s) to free cooking eBooks and training. Her recipe archives are great! The colors, pictures, layout and design of the website is impressive! This also carries over to her printable recipes and downloadable PDF's. NICE.

[Stephanie, if this is an infringement on your copyright let me know and I will remove it. No worries.]

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Homies Christmas Programs

Tytus recently had a Christmas program at school and he loves dressing up and looking handsome!

Ezra? Well, maybe not so much. He was more about trying to catch a nap. Which is odd because he can't seem to take one at the appropriate time. Hahaha! In a picture below you seem him trying to "cuddle up" to one of the teachers aids. He yawned more than 7 times and at one point when the lady bent over to help another student Ezra leaned over and laid on her back! Zzzzzz...

Monday, December 5, 2016

Moving Forward!

A quick update! We have a green light from Mercy Ships and everything is moving forward!

These past two weeks:
  • We have been able to get our donations page set-up online. If you click the yellow DONATE button here on the website it will take you to a Mercy Ships page for our family where you can securely give online!
  • Last Saturday we participated in an Advent Market. We had a booth to sell t-shirts and share information about our mission with Mercy Ships.
  • A local photographer helped us with getting a family picture done to make Mission Cards.
This week Christmas programs, banquets, work, and school have us pretty busy! As I am SURE you are too!

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Mercy Ships...it's getting closer all the time!

YES! It's time for an update on what's happening with Mercy Ships!

Last week I had a conference call with Human Resources in Texas, the Chief Operating Officer, and with the Chief Steward (both on the Africa Mercy in Benin). Everything looks good and we have a verbal acceptance and HR said they will get things going with our acceptance package!

What does that mean? Well for starters we are closer to being set up for support raising and now we have to get busy on the next steps for everything else. Such as:

Friday, September 23, 2016

7 Things That Bring Donors Long Term Satisfaction! #7 Thank You!

Finishing out strong with a proper THANK YOU! is always necessary and yet, surprisingly, over 21% of supporters reported they were never thanked! (see source below)
In What Donors Want Research conducted by Cygnus applied Research, Inc./Burk & Associates LTD we get a clearer picture of the importance of showing appreciation:
The Power of THANKS! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

7 Things That Bring Donors Long Term Satisfaction! #6 Involvement

Involvement. What does that look like?
Donors do a lot for their favorite charity. (Source: Charity Dynamics | NTEN BenchMark Report)
Donors were asked what they do for their favorite charity, and with what frequency.