Yes! We Deliver, is a self-supporting, all volunteer, non-profit, organization that provides quality services, for free; An organization that strives to allow and assist senior and disabled citizens to live with dignity and independence.
Among the ultimate goals of Yes! We Deliver, Inc are Growth, Education and Independence with Dignity for Low-Income Senior and Disabled people. We serve seniors primarily, but we truly believe our future is our children and our future efforts will include their growth and education. Spiritually, as well as, Academically.
Right now, we provide free grocery deliveries in a limited area to senior and disabled folks in Utica [Fall 2006]. We also give these people (and others) a powerful voice through professional advocacy services. This group of people often gets wronged, cannot afford help, and often goes unheard. We speak loudly and clearly for them. Hundreds of letters to Utility companies, Banks, Doctors, Internet Companies, Social Service Agencies, Social Security, Veterans Services and all branches of government…The list is very, very long.
Yes! We Deliver has been delivering these, and more, services for over eight years now. All free to those seniors and disabled people who need them and cannot afford a fee.
This Project - UticaLive.com serves all of those ends; and, it is a model of a Community Win/Win Project. We are not beggars. For us ‘raising funds’ means making money the old fashioned way – we earn it!
Rather than solicit donations and contributions - we developed an idea that benefits all concerned. We invite you to read on, and as you learn more about us, we hope you will come to support some of our efforts as your own.
We are still experimenting with the Format for UticaLive but the Content of the Site has a firm foundation. Content will be the City of Utica and it’s People.
** Publishing and the initial launch of the site has been pushed forward past the end of this year. Initially we hope to add and publish new stories to add to the ‘permanent’ format about every two weeks. As things fall into place and people master their roles, we hope move to weekly publishing format. At this point I see no need for a daily format - but that can change.
Goals are all people and community related - Community Unity, Community Pride, Individual Pride, The Free Access to Information and Services and the overall Growth of the Community and its Individual People.
In short, the goal of the Site is to serve the community- As are the goals of Yes! We Deliver, Inc.
With a very creative and insightful five-year plan, we believe we can carry this Internet Project forward and easily raise the necessary money to continue and expand the free services of YWD.
What do we offer? [to a business] It's Simple!
Quality, Professional, Internet Presence. Free!
Free? Isn't there a big investment?
Yes, [for us]. There is No charge or Investment to you [local businesses, schools, organizations, etc.,] though.
We have invested a great deal in this project. We have built the framework, acquired the 'cyberspace real estate', invested hundreds of hours in information gathering, taking photos and working with the business base of Utica …all to launch this Site. You will find it all here. Information and Access to Government, transportation, medical information, real estate, community agencies, schools, classified ads, weather…and so much more.
Thousands of more hours will go into coordinating and publishing the data to the world wide web for all to see. All construction continues. In total, over $100,000 of donated labor and materials in the first two years alone.
Interestingly enough, just that the site will exist and have 'traffic' will raise money for costs and generate funds for services.
Within five years, All Rome businesses (large and
small) will be listed. All will BENEFIT from people
**** In terms of marketing - these visitors are ‘traffic’. On the internet-(as in a mall) – there is value in the ‘traffic’ itself.
During this time, Yes! We Deliver will be working with some of the larger businesses to add support for our efforts by way of ‘paying’ us for the advertising benefits. [As I said, the benefits to both business and community will be clear. These advertising dollars are already being spent and they will opt to help us help the community. Voila! We are earning our way.
Our continued work in the community, as always, will continue to stand on its own merit. Voluntary support will continue to be plentiful.
It is an absolutely innovative idea. Yes! We Deliver earns the continued financial support of the business community by providing needed and valuable services. Business gets advertising and other services. The community gets access to local business, government and an additional world of information. Programs will even engage students from all over the county and work with the board of education. Finally, free needed services continue for our senior and disabled citizens***.
***Our focus will soon grow to include our most precious resource: Our youth.
That is what we call
**Read a little more details and some very interesting facts about Yes! We Deliver, Inc. here
Remember: Gratitude is an Action.
Only through serving each other do we become, truly, free.
Some Words of Wisdom from Mother Teresa Do it anyway
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Cut & Pasted from an old, small, page:
More About Yes! We Deliver, Inc.
This is simply a page out of one of our old publications-The Colonial News- Date about 2002 Shawn Newman was the Program Director then; of course, our Director of Programs today is John Phillips who joined Yes! We Deliver, Inc. in 2006.
Yes! began making deliveries and providing services in Vernon and Oneida. Shawn [Newman] and I were blessed with a first rate mix of education, determination and love for helping people. It was a simple idea - donations from people that could afford it helped pay the costs for those who could not. We soon had the major supermarkets contributing a few dollars toward each delivery [for shopping in their store] and we never took any money for our work and time. We do this because we care and insist the same of our volunteers.
Well, our costs were still high and we had trouble meeting the costs of providing increasing deliveries and we looked to local business for support.
Response was overwhelming but all of a sudden there was going to be other people’s money involved and we had to slow down and actually begin to build a corporate foundation.
Shawn and I, however, after considered thought chose to forgo fundraising of any kind while we are waiting for the 501c3 process to complete. As a result grocery services have been available only in the City of Rome and only to a very limited number of people. All expenses still come directly out of pocket and this was greatly limiting.
Well, the New Year will be starting soon and we shall soon have our government recognition. We have modified our decision and have begun slowly reinstituting a larger area of service and accepting assistance on a limited basis.
This newsletter for example will reach 200 homes this Issue. We will also begin accepting stipends from Wal-Mart, P&C, Price Chopper, and others – in essences subsidizing free delivery for its senior and disabled customers. we are also looking at a site for an office and some supervised apartment housing. Yes! We Deliver, Inc. is growing and so will the number of people we serve J.
Here is a sample of one of our flyer ads at Tops below:
Yes! We Deliver, Inc
Senior or Disabled Citizen? Can’t Make it To The Store Anymore?
Can’t Afford a Taxi or To Pay Someone?
We have been providing this free service to folks for years. If you are on a fixed income and can’t afford any fees…
There are none!
No Tricks, No Gimmicks
We are a non-profit corporation and we do this freely and with pleasure. We gladly accept a $5 donation from any who can afford it. This helps those who cannot.
An interesting fact:
In its first two years, Yes! We Deliver served over 79 senior and disabled people. 50% of those were single/widowed women over 70 living of small fixed incomes – all of them often did without simple things like fresh bread, milk, fruit - unable to do their own shopping any longer- and unable or unwilling to continually ask friends, relatives and/or neighbors. They just went without. The need was clear from day one. I speak of good, proud people. Folks that in their prime raised their own children, helped their neighbors and worked hard in job and community…our grandmothers, aunts, uncles, mothers and sisters.
Back to Yes! We Deliver, Inc. Read more from The Colonial News there…