A Message From the Executive Director: SW’s Unprecedented Growth
Wow! Talk about exciting, fulfilling growth! There has been so much going on at Storm Warriors Media Foundation and in our world of helping others that our biggest challenge in this issue is figuring out how to tell it all within the allotted space. That’s no small challenge as the progress has been immense. And all of it thanks to everyone who helps us help others.
Okay, so here’s my best effort to summarize what you’ll find going on at Storm Warriors these days: In addition to our existing 11 clients whom we continue to serve with still running media content, we’ve added 10 nonprofit organizations with 2019 Media and Communication Grants that help them with their fundraising, training, recruiting, branding and overall impact. These organizations are: – Capital Area New Mainers Project – A cross-cultural organization that welcomes immigrants and works to create a thriving, integrated, multicultural community – End 68 Hours of Hunger – Working to end food scarcity among children during weekends out-of-school – Fairtide – Housing and supportive services to individuals and families in order to reduce homelessness – Full Plates Full Potential – Ending childhood hunger by connecting kids to school nutrition programs – Knox County Homeless Coalition – Breaking cycles of homelessness and poverty – M.A.I.N. – Maine Access Immigration Network provides multilingual access to health and social services for immigrants, refugees, and asylees – Partners for Peace – Helping those affected by domestic abuse & violence – Safe Voices – Supporting and empowering those affected by domestic violence and engaging the community to create social change – Seacoast Science Center – Education and opportunities to support ocean and environmental stewardship – Vouchers for Veterans – Honoring servicemen with food vouchers at farmers markets
We will be profiling each of these organizations via our various e-mail blasts, quarterly newsletter, social media, print publication and broadcast platform over the next many months. Stay connected and learn all about what they’re doing, how they’re doing it and how you can help, to whatever extent you choose.
We’re also preparing to go national in our scope. Many of the issues we are helping support are not exclusive to our own community or region, but also across the states, the nation, the hemisphere and the planet. There are many ways to learn, grow, create change, and increase impact on all levels, so Storm Warriors will continue to help you become more informed and engaged in affecting change for social good.
New Awards, Equipment, and Nomination Process
Storm Warriors has received some recent 2019 Awards. We’ve received the GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency for our public financial disclosures and reporting, and also several Telly Awards for our various media productions in multiple categories.
Thanks to newly awarded grants, SWI has purchased new camera equipment and a cutting-edge virtual set technology, allowing us to increase the scope and quality of services that we freely gift to our valuable clientele – all of whom are reputable humanitarian organizations doing vital, high-impact work. We have also acquired a production vehicle to safely transport our crew and equipment to our growing list of on-location shooting requirements.
We’ve expanded our nomination and selection process to include 6 brand new Recommendation Committees across Maine and New Hampshire, and are already being asked to help and operate in Las Vegas, New York City and other places. Last year we went to Senegal and Uganda and continue to work on those projects. Our Production Supervisor, Jessica Jones (who just welcomed her first child in August!) shares some insights about our Nomination and Selection process. She also spearheaded our work with R.A.M.S., a special Arts & Advocacy Project and part of our Storytelling School Initiative.
We’ve been getting increasing press as seen on the News Centers Maine’s 207, a profile in Down East Magazine and on Jack Canfield’s Interview, as well as a local network news affiliate.
Our team shares some interesting perspective on some of our recent Technological Choices and Advancements. Take some time to learn about Brian Goding, a staff Cinematographer and Filmmaker Extraordinaire who, in addition to his many fine examples of beautiful film and editing work, also oversaw the customization of our production vehicle. SWI also welcomes aboard Rebecca Swanson Conrad as our Expert Development Consultant and Board Advisor. She’s a treasure trove of expertise with much passion for the mission, vision and purpose of this exciting foundation. She’s been invaluable in her assistance with helping us chart a very well planned and strategic growth trajectory. And, oh yes, we are preparing to launch a new website, newly modified name and brand-new logo before the year is over. You’ll learn all about it soon! Whew! Hopefully, that helps you grasp the scope of the things you’ll find inside this report. And, as the saying goes, that’s just the tip of the iceberg! All of us are grateful to all of you for being a part of this exciting movement to increase engagement and inspire wise and effective actions for social change and the betterment of all.
Storm Warriors All – Jon Nappa