2014 California Gubernatorial Candidate Dr. Robert Ornelas and Fresno Mayor
Ashley Swearengin Support Convoy of Hope
Dr. Robert Ornelas supported Convoy of Hope because it is a faith-based organization with a
driving passion to feed the world through children's feeding initiatives, community outreach,
disaster response, and partner resourcing.
Fresno, CA, December 11, 2013 --(PR.com)-- 2014 California Gubernatorial candidate Dr. Robert
Ornelas and Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin support Convoy of Hope at the Fresno Fairgrounds in
Fresno, CA. "It was such an honor to participate at the Convoy of Hope event that provided free food,
goods and services to the community. There was also entertainment by local bands including international
Hip Hop group The S.O.G. Crew that encouraged the people. Families from Central California came out
to receive a blessing from thousands of volunteers. This event was amazing," stated Dr. Robert Ornelas
Convoy of Hope was a free Fresno community event offering $1 million in free goods and services
including thousands of pounds of groceries, haircuts, dental check-ups, health services, job and career
services, kids carnival and more. The event provided an opportunity for more than 1000 local community
volunteers to share hope and tangible help with thousands of anticipated neighbors in a spirit of honor and
dignity. The community of Fresno, numerous local businesses, organizations, churches supported Convoy
The community celebration was one of dozens Convoy of Hope hosted in 2013 throughout the United
About Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope, a faith-based organization founded in 1994, has a driving passion to feed the world
through community outreaches, children's feeding initiatives, disaster response and partner resourcing.
Convoy of Hope has a long history as a first responder in times of natural disasters and has been a Four
Star Charity as recognized by Charity Navigator for nine consecutive years.
In 2010, Convoy of Hope assisted nearly 8 million people in the United States and around the world by
providing food, clothing, medical aid, and other needed resources through their community outreaches
and disaster response arms. The mission of Convoy of Hope is simple - they exist to feed millions of
people in need in the United States and around the world through children's nutrition initiatives, citywide
outreaches and disaster response.
Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope, knows how powerful compassion can be. On August 25,
1969, his parents, Harold and Betty Donaldson, were hit head-on by a drunk driver. Harold was killed;
Betty was incapacitated for some time. Hal and his younger siblings quickly learned what it was like to
live without many of life's basic necessities. However people from local churches and the community
assisted the family by providing food and shelter. Those generous acts gave the Donaldson kids a sense of
hope and also a determination to one day help others in need.
In 1994 Convoy of Hope was formed and has morphed into a global movement where churches,
businesses, government agencies, and other organizations join forces to carry out Convoy of Hope's
mission, which is to feed the world through feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response
and partner resourcing. In 16 years Convoy of Hope has helped more than 62 million people in more than
100 countries. In that time they have also given away more than $304 million worth of food and supplies
to people in need.
Since Convoy of Hope, a 501(c)3 faith-based nonprofit, was founded in 1994 they have served more than
62 million people throughout the world through international children's feeding initiatives, community
outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing. Currently, there are more than 120,000+ children in
their feeding initiatives in El Salvador, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Kenya, Nicaragua and the
Philippines. Through the feeding initiatives they provide good nutrition, clean and safe drinking water,
instruction on agricultural techniques, healthy living environments and education.
Year after year, they are lauded for their effectiveness and efficiency in mobilizing tens of thousands of
volunteers for community outreaches and during times of disaster response. No matter what they are
doing, their objective is to always deliver much-needed food, supplies and hope to the impoverished and
How They Do It
Children's Feeding Initiatives
With millions of children going hungry and lacking access to clean drinking water each day they focus
heavily on providing the basic necessities of life to those in need. Currently, Convoy of Hope is
expanding its feeding initiatives to more than 120,000+ children in seven nations. They also provide clean
and safe water, teach community leaders agricultural techniques and help provide healthy living
environments and education.
Each year in the United States they hold up to 50 community outreaches with the help of thousands of
volunteers who serve tens of thousands of guests. At each outreach free groceries, job and health fairs,
and activities for children are provided. In doing so, volunteers are given an opportunity to connect with
members of their community, and guests are shown love and respect regardless of age, race, physical
appearance, or spiritual condition.
Convoy of Hope is considered a “first responder” organization in disaster relief. With a fleet of
tractor-trailers, a 300,000-square-foot warehouse, a high-tech Mobile Command Center and through a
scalable distribution model they have been heralded for quickly providing resources and help to victims
of disasters worldwide.
They rely heavily on the faith-based community, businesses and national and state disaster relief agencies
and organizations. Because of strong alliances, we were one of the first humanitarian aid groups to
distribute food in Haiti after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the country on January 12, 2010.
Convoy of Hope believes in supporting the work of like-minded organizations throughout the world.
Through partner resourcing, they have empowered hundreds of organizations by providing the food and
supplies they need to make a positive difference in their communities.
Since 1994, Convoy of Hope has relied on its expertise in logistics, quality products and determined
people to fulfill its mission to feed the world. To meet the pressing needs represented among the poor and
suffering, the organization constantly evaluates its capacity and makes adjustments as necessary to stay
lockstep with needs and opportunities in the United States and throughout the world.
* 300,000 square ft. World Distribution Center
* 6 International distribution centers
* Fleet of Trucks in multiple countries
* Over 25,000 Churches/Organizations involved
* Over 1,200 Volunteer Teams
* $306,155,027 of gifts in kind to date
* 379,552 volunteers mobilized
* As of August 2012
Learn more about the outreach by visiting http://fresno.convoyofhope.org or contact outreach
coordinators at 559-697-0005.
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