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Cat Kids Rescue will open a new building that will allow the rescue to house over 200+ cats at a time, more than double of the number of cats they current house. The added space will also assist Cat Kids Rescue's partners SPCA Tampa Bay and Pinellas County Animal Services, because the rescue will be able to rescue more cats from these organization, which will open more room for other animals and allow each animal to have more attention and care. Cat Kids Rescue is planning on holding fundraisers and events to raise money for the building.
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We will document the items we collected and time spent to enhance their quality of life. The mini grant with support our efforts in being agents of change and give us the encouragement that collectively we can make a difference in our community.
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People experiencing a housing crisis must focus on meeting basic needs—therefore, parties may not be high on the list of priorities. However, this can actually be detrimental to health and wellbeing, especially for children, since socializing enhances mental functioning and lowers stress and anxiety. Having a party is a great opportunity to get to know different people. It’s a fun and easy way to uplift children and families experiencing homelessness—AND for us to become a more connected citizen.
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We will know if our campaign is successful by the number of observations we receive. We are aiming for at least 50. These observations (lizards) will be documented with location and photographed and then submitted to the Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles, a large museum that is local to us.
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The students in the special education classes would become garden conservators and experts, teaching other school community members about the science and art of gardening, leading classes and spearheading art projects which use the garden as the focal point.
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We will use microscopes and books to ask questions about the water and land we already know. Each of us will ask different questions so we may each get different ideas or answers from the project. That is good!
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This project will reduce the amount of plastic bags in the environment by reaching out to people at stores. We will stand outside of some stores handing out free reusable bags for people to use instead of the plastic bags. We have already done this at a ShopRite and Food Emporium, and we hope to go to even more places soon.
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We will target schools and events in South Florida and educate organizers about the perils associated with balloons. Even biodegradable balloons are environmental hazards and endanger wildlife. Through flyers, we hope everyone will realize that balloons really are dangerous and end up polluting the environment.
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The success of Hopefest 2020 will be measured in two main ways: (1) reaching our goal of serving 1,000 individuals, and (2) hearing stories of changed and improved lives from those we serve. While reaching our goal of serving 1,000 people at our festival is important to us and would demonstrate our ability to have a widespread impact, we chose to measure the impact of our service more so through quality rather than quantity. The success and effectiveness of Hopefest and Hope in Motion projects will not solely be based off the number of those served, but more so from the stories of changed and improved lives that we hear from the recipients of our service. While providing those we serve with tangible supplies to meet their needs is important, ensuring that those we serve walk away with a newfound sense of hope is our main goal. We will know if we are successful in providing those we serve with this sense of hope through the conversations that we (our volunteers) have with our guests. One of my favorite stories of hope from Hopefest was from a conversation I had with a woman at Hopefest 2019. She told me that due to being unable to afford a haircut, she counted on our annual event to provide her with a free one each year. She told us that Hopefest was one of the most uplifting and powerful days of her life. It is stories like these that will demonstrate the success of our campaign. Following Hopefest, we first celebrate the work of our volunteers by creating an exciting event recap video. We then invite all our volunteers to complete a feedback and reflection survey, which allows our volunteers to reflect on the experience, what they learned, how they grew, and how they can continue to serve their community with our organization. If you would like to learn a little more about Hopefest, you can check out our 2019 event recap video—where we served 929 individuals—here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y9_uo5H2A8
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We will host a turtle hatchling release, distribute our educational flyers to those attending our release and to anyone living along the coastline in Ft. Lauderdale. We are also doing beach clean-ups every week with our "Turtle Tuesdays" which meet at Vista Park beach.

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