Department of Community Outreach (History)

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General

During the 2011 Admin Meeting, the decision was made to form a new department called the Department of Community Outreach. It would take on the duties of the former Department of Philanthropy as well as certain duties from the former Department of Community Development. The Online Events Team was refashioned as the Outreach Activities Team to better reflect its new mission and duties. This history will first start in 2009 with the creation of the Department of Philanthropy.


2009

During the 2009 Admin Meeting, the Department of Philanthropy was created and the first director, Yelenia Hylraren, was chosen. Later that same year, Kariada Kunai took over as director. The department was largely inspired by the huge success the community had in a fundraiser for Heifer International held in conjunction with Brandon Sanderson and the Robert Jordan Estate. During this 2009 fundraiser, the community raised $44,619.94 for this charity. After this incredible success, TarValon.Net decided to form the Department of Philanthropy to further our long-standing mission to philanthropy in the real world.


Wheel of Time Fundraiser

During this year, TarValon.Net co-hosted a fundraiser with Brandon Sanderson and the Robert Jordan Estate. It was promoted in the greater Wheel of Time community, and the proceeds went to Heifer International. The fundraiser ended April 10, 2009 and a grand total of $44,619.94 was raised for the charity. During the fundraiser there was a silent auction as well as a general donation drive. The highest bidder in the silent auction was memorialized in A Memory of Light, with both a name and character description based on the winning donor. The general fundraiser also held a drawing for named characters in A Memory of Light. In addition, The Wheel of Time community voted on a group of characters to represent themselves in the Final Battle, choosing between Aiel under Rand's Banner, Cha'Faile/Two Rivers Men fighting for Perrin, Aes Sedai/Warders from the White Tower, and Guardsmen/Guardswomen fighting for Andor. Winners for the prizes were announced at JordanCon 2017. The winners of the general fundraiser were Tina Wagner and Anthony Aziz. The winner of the silent auction was Brian Neff, with a bid of $15,200. All members will be represented in the Last Battle as Aiel under Rand's Banner, which had 1,889 votes. A total of 4,345 votes were recorded for this poll.

This wildly successful fundraising drive inspired the creation of the Department of Philanthropy at TarValon.Net, and its continued dedication toward philanthropy as true Servants of All.

Feast of Lights Fundraiser

The charity for this fundraiser was Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) and $2,465.00 was raised for this cause.

The Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship

The 3rd annual Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship of $500 was awarded to Troy Valthaven.

Outreach Activities


2010

A team of staff were hired in early 2010. Several new positions were created: Fundraising Coordinator, filled by Tree al'Rotture; the position of Philanthropy News Correspondent filled by Ne'mireth Simoua, and the position of Membership Philanthropic Interest Coordinator filled by Branwyn al'Leara.


Feast of Lights Fundraiser

The charity for this fundraiser was Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the drive was in memory of TarValon.Net member Tricia Erickson, known as Padraigin al'Teirik. The drive was open to the greater Wheel of Time community, and $3,221 was raised.

Maintaining the Tower Fundraiser

This internal fundraiser had a goal of $5,000 and it was exceeded with $5,412 raised. The community grand prize for meeting our goal was the 2010 Seanchan Invasion event which took place on the forums.

The Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship

The 4th annual Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship of $500 was awarded to Christopher Lipnickas at Wichita State University. 2010 marked the first year the scholarship was opened to all Wheel of Time fans, based on a decision made at the 2010 Administrative Meeting. Over 40 applications were received, many more than in any other year.

Outreach Activities


2011

After the 2011 Admin Meeting, the Department of Philanthropy became the new Department of Community Outreach, and the new department combined philanthropic endeavors with the community's online events activities. In October of this year, Jodea Kegan took the reigns from Kariada Kunai to become the new director.


Feast of Lights Fundraiser

The chosen charity was Rooms to Read and $1,830 was raised.

The Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship

The 5th annual scholarship was awarded to Eric LaRose.

Outreach Activities


2012

In June of this year, Tree al'Rotture became the new Director of Community Outreach]]. The positions of Community Fundraising Coordinator and Philanthropy Activities Coordinator were merged into the new position of Community Care Coordinator. The Servant of All Program became an official sub-department within the Department of Community Outreach. The position of Servant of All Coordinator was created to manage the Servant of All program, and was filled by Siusane al'Cuyler.


The Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship

The 6th annual scholarship of $500 was awarded to Jessica Mudge of Michigan State University. This year there were a total of 16 applicants in total.

Outreach Activities


2013

Feast of Lights Fundraiser

The charity chosen for this fundraiser was Partners in Health and a total of $870 was raised.

Maintaining the Tower Fundraiser

The department held a Chocolate vs. Bacon event for this fundraiser and $4,238.74 was raised. Bacon won out in the competition overcoming chocolate as the sinful food of choice and several members who donated were selected at random to receive prizes.

The Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship

The 7th annual scholarship of $500 was awarded to Rachel Little.

Blood Drive for Boston

Following the bombings on April 15, 2013 at the Boston Marathon the Department of Community Outreach organized a Blood Drive For Boston, asking members to donate blood if they can to their local blood banks. A few days later when there was an explosion in Texas, Texas was added to the campaign. The overall success of the Blood Drive event triggered a year-long Blood Drive campaign to launch in 2014.

Outreach Activities

2014

In September of this year, Aryawnah Federov became the new Director of Community Outreach, replacing Tree al'Rotture.


Feast of Lights Fundraiser

Rather than choosing a specific charity this year, the department decided to encourage members to donate to foodstuffs, time, or money to their local food banks. A total of 16 people participated from the community.

Maintaining the Tower Fundraiser

For this fundraiser, we created a TarValon.Net Cards Against Humanity deck. The number of cards involved in the deck was based on the total amount donated. Our deck was 72 cards after the community donated a whopping $3,635.92.

The Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship

The 8th annual scholarship of $500 was awarded to Teresa Anderson-Sharma.

Blood Drive

We had a goal of 42 pints and came in with a total of 41 pints.

Outreach Activities


2015

Feast of Lights Fundraiser

Similar to 2014, the department asked the TarValon.Net community to be a Servant of All within their own individual communities. The donations opened up to be for anything: time, money, food, toys, or any other form of donation. There were a total of 33 charitable acts from 21 members.

Maintaining the Tower Fundraiser

For this fundraiser the department held a ".GIF off" with a prize tier for incentive. A total of $2691 was raised.

The Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship

The 9th annual scholarship of $500 was awarded to two people this year: Aamir Hussein and Judi Hoisington. A total of 12 applications was received.

Blood Drive

This year’s goal was 41 pints of blood and 32 pints were donated.

Outreach Activities


2016

In December of this year, Alora Sionn was hired as Outreach Activities Coordinator.


Feast of Lights Fundraiser

Like the two years previous, the department asked the TarValon.Net community to be a Servant of All within their communities. Donations could be for anything: time, money, food, toys, or any other form of donation. We had a turnout of 15 charitable acts from 11 members.

Maintaining the Tower Fundraiser

For this fundraiser, the department held a contest of Pugs Vs. Kittens. A total of $2,842.91 was raised for the Tower.

The Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship

The 10th annual scholarship of $500 was awarded to two recipients: Jennifer Gentzel and Kristin Gardiner. We received a total of 5 applications.

Blood Drive

This year’s goal was 32 pints of blood, and 16 pints were donated.

Outreach Activities


2017

Feast of Lights Fundraiser

The department asked the TarValon.Net community to donate to their local charities of all kinds, contributing to their local communities in any way they chose. For every reported charitable act, the member was entered into a prize draw, with a chance be awarded a $25 donation to be made on their behalf to the charity/cause of their choice.

Maintaining the Tower Fundraiser

In 2017 there was no particular theme for the fundraiser, but the prizes were all decks of The White Tower CCG. A total of $4931 was raised, resulting in 5 grand prizes and 11 standard prizes being given out, with a standard prize draw from the donators.

The Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship

The 11th annual scholarship of $500 was awarded to Jessi Dean and Nicholas Sargeant. A total of 5 applications were received.

Blood Drive

A total of 20 pints of blood were donated this year.

Outreach Activities


2018

In March of this year, Calen Velervron became the new Director of the Department of Community Outreach.


Feast of Lights Fundraiser
Maintaining the Tower Fundraiser
The Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship

The 12th annual scholarship of $500 was awarded to Aradia Farmer and Deji Ologbenla.

Blood Drive
Outreach Activities