The Eden Community Gives Back program: Adopt-A-Family plans for 2010

Victoria Victoria
During staff meetings and community meetings here on the forums, we have come up with a wonderful idea!

We have decided to help fund charitable giving from the EF community. We would like to help people serve as representatives of this community, and adopt families for the holidays. This is a community outreach effort – so the application at these charitable organizations and the giving will be done under the rep’s name. This is not ‘Corporate giving’ and has nothing to do with sex toys – so it will not be done from “EdenFantasys” at all – no worries about there being a conflict or about discretion. It’s about getting the help to the people who need it, not about who gets the credit. It’s about the power of this community!

We’re thinking that we could have 3 community reps for Thanksgiving, each rep would a adopting a family in their area, and then we could also have 3 community reps for the Christmas holidays with each rep adopting a family in their area. If we don't get 3 reps for Thanksgiving, perhaps we could do more families / reps for Christmas.

So... we talked about this in the Community Events meeting, and here’s how we think this will work, so far.

• Anyone interested in volunteering to be one of the Community Reps should find an organization in their area. Make sure you can meet their requirements and take a look at all of the details (such as committing to the list they might ask for, the delivery terms they ask for etc) – send the details to me to look over (Victoria @ edenfantasys .com).
Some tips: When looking for an agency, try Googling “Adopt a family” and the name of your town or city. I found a ton when I did this for Philadelphia.
Also: church groups, neighborhood organizations, college groups, and so on, are all ok - whatever is available in your area - we don't care about the politics of it, as long a family in need is getting help!

For Thanksgiving, let’s try to have the 3 reps within the next 2 weeks. For Christmas, let’s shoot for mid-November as well. Better sooner than later!

• The first 3 people who volunteer to be Community Reps for each holiday, who have all the info, and can absolutely do the legwork / shopping, are in! And we will coordinate with them via email to get the ball rolling. Then once we’re 100% sure it’s a go, we’ll announce on the forum, and start allowing the community to pitch in with points.

[UPDATE: we are supporting 5 community reps for Christmas. Each rep can adopt one family.]

• Eden will give the initial money for each rep’s outreach, via check or Paypal - approximately $150 per family, per holiday. Let’s see how it works out with each organization in each area.

• To make everyone in the community feel empowered - we have decided on matching 50 cents to the dollar of every Eden Point you donate towards the Eden Community Gives Back program! So, if you cash in your points and email the code and the amount to me, we will match it by 50%. So, for example, cashing in 20.00 in EdenPoints will add $10.00 to giving to a family, for extra goodies.

• And of course, everyone will want to hear about how it’s going for the reps, so we should have a thread for each rep once they get the ball rolling. They can each even do a post on EdenCafe about the experience, if they’d like to.

Let’s make this a big wonderful success for these families and really tap into the power of community to help people in need! Do you feel inspired? I do!!!
10/26/2010
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Jobthingy Jobthingy
I adore this idea.
10/26/2010
Illusional Illusional
KICKASS!
Go EDEN!
10/26/2010
SexyTabby SexyTabby
I'd be interested in being a rep but I'm rather new. Thinking you probably want people who've been here longer. I did the adopt a family for foster children last year at Christmas it was really nice. If you want any help from a newbie I'm willing. The adopt a family group usually provide a general wish list to go shopping isn't too bad.

Wonderful community objective
10/26/2010
Kayla Kayla
Sounds like a great plan! I'm looking forward to seeing how this plays out.
10/26/2010
Kindred Kindred
This is an absolutely wonderful idea. I can't wait to see the results.
10/26/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
How long do we have to donate our points?

EDIT: Oh, read more carefully - you'll tell us when.

Again, what a sublime thing to do!
10/26/2010
Gary Gary
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Originally posted by Chilipepper
How long do we have to donate our points?

EDIT: Oh, read more carefully - you'll tell us when.

Again, what a sublime thing to do!
We were just discussing that. We might allot a certain amount of time to donate points for each thing.
10/26/2010
Blinker Blinker
This is amazing! You guys never cease to amaze me.
10/26/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
You know, I've been trying to decide what to use my saved up points on, and this seems a whole lot better than another new toy.
10/26/2010
Yesenia Yesenia
This is a great idea
10/26/2010
Victoria Victoria
Thank you, everyone!

So, we think that maybe doing a "Point Fundraiser" for like 3 days per Community Rep would be fair - then you can support one or all, depending on how you want to help.

We still need reps for Thanksgiving, so please do not hesitate to volunteer!
10/26/2010
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
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Originally posted by Jul!a
You know, I've been trying to decide what to use my saved up points on, and this seems a whole lot better than another new toy.
Me too! This is a great way to help when funds are low.
10/26/2010
cherryredhead88 cherryredhead88
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Originally posted by Victoria
Thank you, everyone!

So, we think that maybe doing a "Point Fundraiser" for like 3 days per Community Rep would be fair - then you can support one or all, depending on how you want to help.

We still need reps for ... More
I am repping away! Will gather information tomorrow And I was just there today :| 'Doh.
10/26/2010
gone77 gone77
I just want to say that this makes me so proud to be a part of this community.
10/27/2010
Muddog7998 Muddog7998
This makes me proud as well, and I wish I could help with this program My family was one of the ones that had gotten adopted about 10-12 years ago and it was the most amazing thing. It was such a huge relief for us and such a blessing. So I know how amazing this program is, and thank you for doing this. I will be cashing in all my eden points for this program as soon as I can send them in.
10/27/2010
Rayne Millaray Rayne Millaray
And here I was sitting here trying to figure out what to do with my Eden Points. I mean, I've got so many sex toys and gift cards already.
10/27/2010
LicentiouslyYours LicentiouslyYours
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Originally posted by gone77
I just want to say that this makes me so proud to be a part of this community.
This really is so awesome—I was just thinking....hey wouldn't it be cool to be able to donate your Eden Points...and there it is, already thought of.

I am really excited about this!
10/27/2010
mysecretcollection mysecretcollection
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Originally posted by Victoria
During staff meetings and community meetings here on the forums, we have come up with a wonderful idea!We have decided to help fund charitable giving from the EF community. We would like to help people serve as representatives of this community, and ... More
Family Violence Prevention Services, INC here in San Antonio, Texas have a Thanksgiving Holiday Food Drive where people can adopt a family for Thanksgiving.

If there is still a slot, I would be more than happy to help coordinate this here in SATX.
10/27/2010
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
I love this idea... Time to rack up some points to donate!
10/27/2010
Victoria Victoria
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Originally posted by mysecretcollection
Family Violence Prevention Services, INC here in San Antonio, Texas have a Thanksgiving Holiday Food Drive where people can adopt a family for Thanksgiving.

If there is still a slot, I would be more than happy to help coordinate this here in SATX.
I just received your email and am so excited! I am getting the greenlight on yours tomorrow. A family of 10 people is in need of adoption for Thanksgiving! We have to do it!
10/27/2010
mysecretcollection mysecretcollection
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Originally posted by Victoria
I just received your email and am so excited! I am getting the greenlight on yours tomorrow. A family of 10 people is in need of adoption for Thanksgiving! We have to do it!
I am so excited. A family this size is often difficult to get adopted!!!
10/27/2010
Illusional Illusional
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Originally posted by Victoria
I just received your email and am so excited! I am getting the greenlight on yours tomorrow. A family of 10 people is in need of adoption for Thanksgiving! We have to do it!
OHmygosh, kickass.
Go Eden!
I live in Austin, wish I had transportation to help!
10/28/2010
Victoria Victoria
We'll have a big announcement on Monday!
10/29/2010
Illusional Illusional
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Originally posted by Victoria
We'll have a big announcement on Monday!
Ooooh, I can't wait!
10/29/2010
Persephone Nightmare Persephone Nightmare
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Originally posted by Victoria
We'll have a big announcement on Monday!
I'm excited!
10/29/2010
cherryredhead88 cherryredhead88
Where/when can the reps threads be started? Also, the fundraising hasn't begun yet, has it? We will just email you our gift card code basically?
10/29/2010
Victoria Victoria
The first Thanksgiving family has been found - a family of TEN people! And we're doing a points fundraiser this week! Check out the thread here for the story about the family and the details on how to help! We're taking points donations until the end of Thursday night.

We STILL HAVE TIME to do 2 more Thanksgiving families - and I still have 2 slots for Christmas families too. So, if you're thinking about volunteering to be a Community Rep, please contact your local agencies and see if you can find a family to help for the holidays this year! Email me if you're interested. We'll give you the funds for the basics and we'll do a points fundraiser for each family too.
11/01/2010
BexvanKoot BexvanKoot
This is so exciting! I hope this offer extends to communities in Canada as well. I have made initial contact with several local organizations searching for the right family.
11/01/2010
Berry Berry
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Originally posted by BexvanKoot
This is so exciting! I hope this offer extends to communities in Canada as well. I have made initial contact with several local organizations searching for the right family.
willing to be a co-rep if you want!
11/01/2010
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