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One Call for All stuffs 14,000 red envelopes
When it all comes down to it, One Call for All is about a single red envelope that arrives in local mailboxes once a year.
One Call for All has fundraised for nonprofit organizations located on Bainbridge Island for about 50 years and, today, supports 88 agencies.
On Sept. 27 more than 100 volunteers gathered at the Filipino-American Center and stuffed 14,000 envelopes.
“To me, this sums up what One Call for All is and the spirit of the community,” said Jon Green, president for One Call for All.
Envelopes have arrived in mailboxes, said Green. And in each one, residents will find a list of nonprofit organizations they can opt to make donations.
One Call for All adds groups to their growing list based on whether they are nonprofits with tax-exempt status, if they are in good standing with the IRS and the state and if they serve the community in some way.
About 24 percent of the organizations they support fall under health and human services and 15 percent fall under arts and humanities. The rest range from community outreach and youth services to environmental and recreational services.
These include groups like the Madrona School, IslandWood and Hope House of Bainbridge.
From the preschool his children attended to the Friends of the Farms which supports Harvest Fair, it was these groups that got Green interested in becoming part of One Call for All.
“There were a lot of organizations that had touched our lives,” Green said.
“When I run the forest, I’m glad that the Land Trust is around.”
With the red envelopes, residents can mail in as many donations as they want to the listed organizations, opt to donate to One Call for All’s operating costs or place an amount in the community fund pool. The pool is undesignated and is shared among the organizations based on the number of donations a group receives.
Also, One Call for All promises that 100 percent of the donation goes directly toward the residents’ selected groups. No operating costs are covered through the donations unless a donator designates an amount to One Call for All.
“You know what we do, we send out an envelope and make it possible for the community to give to the island,” Green explained.
In the 2012-2013 campaign, the organization fundraised more than $1 million with about 1,600 donors.
Green explained his goals for One Call for All this year are just as much about raising awareness as it is about raising money.
“It’d be great if we get more money; it’d be great if we get more people involved,” he said.