Thursday, November 24, 2016

Heating Up

“Across the country” is a common phrase almost everyone knows or has at least heard. We’re working to establish partnerships in all 50 states. Thanks to the contributions of several key groups, Cardz for Kidz! presses onward, closer and closer, to that goal—specifically through a our new partnership with the Arizona Burn Center in Phoenix, AZ. But, before we touch on delivering cards to AZ or NM, we’ll provide some background on what it’s been like sending cards out west.


If you visit our website, www.cardzforkidz.org/about-us, you’ll find the history of our organization. One thing you’ll see is that we originally started in Chicago and several of our original hospitals are in the Midwest. Based on that, when you take a look behind the scenes – “100% Open and Honest” - you’ll see that dating back to 2010, the majority of the cards have been sent to children in the Midwest.




Now, the main difference is recently, we’ve been working on evening out our delivery and consistently reaching kids across North America. We’ve been focused on making some changes and have clearly seen some results this year:


Thankfully, we’ve continued to increase our presence out West. If you check out the map on our homepage, you’ll see several more smiles in California and Nevada. One of the main reasons is the production of the UBS Financial Services Inc. offices in Albuquerque & Santa Fe, NM and Phoenix & Tucson, AZ. Their offices made a total of 530 cards within two months—almost the amount made the entire third quarter of 2015 (Q3 2015).

Additionally, they more than returned the favor since there offices in New Mexico alone produced three times as many cards as we were able to send the kids impacted by the school shooting in Roswell, NM.

Due to UBS Financial Services Inc.’s dedication, especially during our non-peak time, we contacted the Arizona Burn Center, part of the Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix, AZ, and sent them 100 homemade cards. Thankfully, they enjoyed these cards and now we will send them 200 cards each quarter!

Thankfully, we’ll continue to work to even out our delivery across North America. We know thanks to some steady partnerships, we’ll continue to work on our presence out West. We’ve sent some test packages and we feel the likelihood of even more partnerships are definitely HEATING UP.

#HeatingUp #UpliftingSpirits

To see more pictures and stories, please check out our website www.cardzforkidz.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, visit our Google+ page, or visit our LinkedIn page! Also, check out some of our videos on YouTube!
                                        


Delivery by Quarter, 2011 to 2016.



Thursday, November 17, 2016

Impressive Title

AMBASSADOR!
We had to use a special font for that! The connotation of that word is so strong and serious we wanted to make sure the lettering fit! Just look at the image we found when we Googled that word!




A couple months ago, a college student reached out to us via Instagram and told us they’d like to be an Ambassador for our program. Immediately, our heads began spinning…..

We’ve been consistently trying to find ways to connect with universities more and more - there’s a wealth of talent there. We needed a way to get ahold of all types of student groups and people who can make cards in all different types of languages. We just needed someone to help get us onto campus. Someone to help introduce us. Someone to help represent our mission. Someone like….an AMBASSADOR!

As we always say, #EveryCardCounts, so, of course, the number of cards Ambassadors are able to generate in their groups will play a role in the development of our Ambassador program. Originally, we were simply going to focus on providing these levels and titles to current students, but while connecting with one of our board members, we were advised to simply open it up to EVERYBODY!
Currently, here are the three different types of ambassadors one can be and what that entails:
  1.  Growth Ambassador – one who is able to host events within the company, school or organization multiple times. Overall, that group must make at least a total of 250 cards.  
    • Overall goal of this level is to simply get a significant amount of cards out to as many children as possible.
  2. Grand Ambassador – one who is able to achieve all of the Growth Ambassador qualifications, as well as, able to get their group to be recognized on the Cardz for Kidz! website
    • The distinction with this level is that not only is one helping us reach kids, but they’re also helping us spread the word by increasing the look of our website AND social media presence.
  3. Global Ambassador – one who is able to achieve all of the Grand Ambassador qualifications, as well as, able to get their group to make cards in at least 3 different languages; as of September 2016- either English, French, Spanish, Creole or Vietnamese.
    • In addition, at this level Ambassadors will help us consistently reach kids in Canada, Mexico, Haiti as well as disheartened children here in the United States. Also, with consistent cards coming in, we’ll be able to reach kids across the globe during some of our special international deliveries. 
We definitely understand that the majority of people who are hosting events and making cards are not simply doing it for a title, but we think you can and should be rewarded in some way. As mentioned in a prior post, Cardz for Kidz! can look good on a resume or LinkedIn profile! But whether or not you’re looking for an IMPRESSIVE TITLE, please believe that the cards you make are touching lives and making an impressive difference!

To see more pictures and stories, please check out our website www.cardzforkidz.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, visit our Google+ page, or visit our LinkedIn page! Also, check out some of our videos on YouTube!