Media Appearances

Along with Virginia’s Adoption Champion and our founder Debbie Johnston, we work with television, print, and radio media in order to spread the word about the adoption and foster care needs in Virginia. Find some of the stories we have been featured in below. You can see a comprehensive list of our media pieces here.

 

Here’s our latest coverage from Showcase Richmond with Matt DiNardo, starring our Adoption Champion, Debbie J. Johnston and Autumn, our Field Program Coordinator. This piece aired January 30th, 2017 and gives informative information about our new Family Match Pilot Program and partnership with Adoption-Share.

Here’s our latest coverage from Virginia this Morning, WTVR CBS 6 that aired December 16, 2016.

Our fearless adoption champion of Virginia, Debbie J. Johnston was starred! We are asking for donations to assist us in our mission of finding children permanent, loving homes and normalcy. Virginia this morning airs LIVE Monday – Friday, 9am-10am.

Here’s the news segment below!

 

Download the PDF file .

Download the PDF file .

Social Media

Connecting Hearts uses social media as an important tool when it comes to spreading awareness. We are very active on our Facebook, Twitter & Instragram pages. Connect with us and help us spread the word about adoption and foster care needs in Virginia!

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#BeInformed when school is out! Share to spread the word for kids who will still need meals over their summer break.

No Kid Hungry Summer Meals Texting Program 2017 Overview

No Kid Hungry is proud to promote our summer meals texting hotline, which began in 2013 and is entering its fifth year of operation. This hotline allows children and families to easily and quickly identify open summer meals sites in their area with the use of a cell phone. We continue to see strong growth in the use of this national service. In 2016, there were 55,000 total texts from users in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, a six percent increase over the previous year.

Simple to Use!

To receive information about open summer meals sites, users text ‘FOOD’ to 877-877, and receive a text back prompting them to enter an address (either their home address or any other location of their choosing). Once the user replies with a full address and/or zip code, the service provides information about nearby meals sites, or information about how to access sites if none are located in the vicinity.

What about Spanish?

The texting hotline also has a Spanish keyword! Text ‘COMIDA’ to 877-877 to find summer meals sites in Spanish, using the same process described above.

How does it work?

When users text ‘FOOD’ or ‘COMIDA’ to 877-877, the service is activated and prompts users to provide their address. Upon doing so, users are given contact and meal service information for the nearest summer meals sites in their area. The database of open sites is drawn from official USDA open site data that is updated weekly, pulled by Share Our Strength and uploaded to our system that uses geolocation technology to pinpoint the closest sites based on the address provided by users. In instances where no sites are located in the vicinity, users are directed toward the National Hunger Clearinghouse hotline (1-866-3-HUNGRY; 1-877-8-HAMBRE) for additional assistance.

Help us spread the word!

This service, like summer meals, is only helpful to children and families if they know about it! Fully incorporating information about the texting hotline into your outreach efforts is therefore essential to achieving awareness of this tool. To spread the word, campaigns and allies have partnered with their State Agencies to include information about the texting hotline on printed materials; and have also featured the texting number in their own materials, press releases, event announcements, and newspaper ads. In Dallas, for example, our partner, Texas Hunger Initiative, included the number on posters placed in WIC offices and food pantries, leading to an increase in use of the service. If you’re looking for ready-made templates to promote both summer meals and the texting hotline, please visit our Sodexo Foundation Summer Meals Outreach Toolkit.

Questions or concerns about using this service or promoting it within your community? Contact Derrick Lambert (dlambert@strength.org; 202.478.6519) for assistance.

If, during the summer, you or your colleagues notice that data provided by this service is inaccurate or out of date, please send a brief message. outlining the problem to bestpractices@strength.org so we can address the issue.
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Media Appearances

Along with Virginia’s Adoption Champion and our founder Debbie Johnston, we work with television, print, and radio media in order to spread the word about the adoption and foster care needs in Virginia. Find some of the stories we have been featured in below. You can see a comprehensive list of our media pieces here.

 

Here’s our latest coverage from Showcase Richmond with Matt DiNardo, starring our Adoption Champion, Debbie J. Johnston and Autumn, our Field Program Coordinator. This piece aired January 30th, 2017 and gives informative information about our new Family Match Pilot Program and partnership with Adoption-Share.

Here’s our latest coverage from Virginia this Morning, WTVR CBS 6 that aired December 16, 2016.

Our fearless adoption champion of Virginia, Debbie J. Johnston was starred! We are asking for donations to assist us in our mission of finding children permanent, loving homes and normalcy. Virginia this morning airs LIVE Monday – Friday, 9am-10am.

Here’s the news segment below!

 

Download the PDF file .

Download the PDF file .

Social Media

Connecting Hearts uses social media as an important tool when it comes to spreading awareness. We are very active on our Facebook, Twitter & Instragram pages. Connect with us and help us spread the word about adoption and foster care needs in Virginia!

Connecting Hearts on Facebook

We applaud those who promote safety, support, and well-being during this month! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Wishing everyone a happy Father's Day regardless of DNA for a Father is one that chooses to be such ❤️. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

#BeInformed when school is out! Share to spread the word for kids who will still need meals over their summer break.

No Kid Hungry Summer Meals Texting Program 2017 Overview

No Kid Hungry is proud to promote our summer meals texting hotline, which began in 2013 and is entering its fifth year of operation. This hotline allows children and families to easily and quickly identify open summer meals sites in their area with the use of a cell phone. We continue to see strong growth in the use of this national service. In 2016, there were 55,000 total texts from users in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, a six percent increase over the previous year.

Simple to Use!

To receive information about open summer meals sites, users text ‘FOOD’ to 877-877, and receive a text back prompting them to enter an address (either their home address or any other location of their choosing). Once the user replies with a full address and/or zip code, the service provides information about nearby meals sites, or information about how to access sites if none are located in the vicinity.

What about Spanish?

The texting hotline also has a Spanish keyword! Text ‘COMIDA’ to 877-877 to find summer meals sites in Spanish, using the same process described above.

How does it work?

When users text ‘FOOD’ or ‘COMIDA’ to 877-877, the service is activated and prompts users to provide their address. Upon doing so, users are given contact and meal service information for the nearest summer meals sites in their area. The database of open sites is drawn from official USDA open site data that is updated weekly, pulled by Share Our Strength and uploaded to our system that uses geolocation technology to pinpoint the closest sites based on the address provided by users. In instances where no sites are located in the vicinity, users are directed toward the National Hunger Clearinghouse hotline (1-866-3-HUNGRY; 1-877-8-HAMBRE) for additional assistance.

Help us spread the word!

This service, like summer meals, is only helpful to children and families if they know about it! Fully incorporating information about the texting hotline into your outreach efforts is therefore essential to achieving awareness of this tool. To spread the word, campaigns and allies have partnered with their State Agencies to include information about the texting hotline on printed materials; and have also featured the texting number in their own materials, press releases, event announcements, and newspaper ads. In Dallas, for example, our partner, Texas Hunger Initiative, included the number on posters placed in WIC offices and food pantries, leading to an increase in use of the service. If you’re looking for ready-made templates to promote both summer meals and the texting hotline, please visit our Sodexo Foundation Summer Meals Outreach Toolkit.

Questions or concerns about using this service or promoting it within your community? Contact Derrick Lambert (dlambert@strength.org; 202.478.6519) for assistance.

If, during the summer, you or your colleagues notice that data provided by this service is inaccurate or out of date, please send a brief message. outlining the problem to bestpractices@strength.org so we can address the issue.
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