HALT and 100 Women Who Care

100-strongThere is a fabulous new organization in Knoxville that started last spring called 100 Women Who Care. Like HALT, sometimes the simplest idea can have a big impact.

“100 Women. 1 Hour. $10,000. Local Impact.”

When I was first notified that HALT had been nominated over the summer, I had not heard of them before. When checking them out online what they did seemed too simple. Members get together quarterly. They each bring $100 to donate to a non-profit, and each quarter a non-profit gets the donation of $10,000. The person that nominated us was not someone I or other folks in HALT knew. She found us through the community, and nominated us because we work with both dogs and at-risk teens. Both kids and dogs in need are important to her, and she loves what we are able to accomplish with our program.

The idea is a giving circle of local women who want to make an impact in their community that may not have the time to volunteer themselves. Groups are popping up all over the world. To be a member you commit to donating $100 per quarter to the non-profit group that wins the group vote. There can be more than 100 women in a community group. More members = bigger donations for charities. It’s a way for your donation to be part of a collection of donations that can make a big impact to the group that gets it. The Knoxville group has been one of the fastest growing branches.

Current group members nominate 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in their community. Each quarter, 3 nominated organizations are picked from a random drawing to present at the next meeting. In one hour the nominees share their programs in a 5 minute presentation, a short Q&A session follows, the members discuss and vote, and the winning organization gets the donation. Organizations that aren’t picked the winner go back into the hat (literally) for the next quarter’s drawing. That’s so simple!

I was notified in October that HALT had been drawn from the hat as one of the 3 organizations to present at their November meeting. I went to the meeting a bit nervous, but HALT is something I’m very passionate about, so it would be easy to talk about (and hard to keep me to 5 minutes). In talking to some of the women in attendance before the presentations, I learned that the concept really is that simple. Many people have busy lives with family, kids, and work and don’t have time to volunteer their time, but they want to help. They want to contribute and make a difference.

I was there with great company. The other two organizations were also very deserving.  The Knoxville Jewish Alliance is expanding their work with Autistic kids, and Helen Ross McNabb Sexual Assault center providing care and therapy for survivors of sexual assault.

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Harry – Fall 2013

Buddy - Spring 2015

Buddy – Spring 2015

Through the Q&A I learned that one of the ladies had adopted Harry from fall 2013! She shared with the group how much they loved the letters they got from the kids that had worked with him. Another lady was the one who sponsored Buddy through the spring 2015 class.

 

14908222_10153802388816441_1085247361493813966_nIn the end, H.A.L.T. won the vote!! They had a big check and members came up to take pictures with me. The donation that night was almost $11,000 from those in attendance, and after the rest of them came in the weeks that followed, the donation topped $15,000! Such an amazing group of women, and what a difference they can make with an hour of their time.

We have wanted to build a shade structure over a section of our training area for several years. We will be able to build this and do some other grounds maintenance with this donation and not have to get into our regular operating budget. We are extrememly grateful.

6th Annual Picture Day with Smokey X

It’s football time in Tennessee!! Thank you to the University of Tennessee’s mascot Smokey X and his handlers, the UT Cheer Squad, Mast General Store, Michele Lewellyn Photography, and everyone that came out to help support H.A.L.T.’s Fall Class! We had a great turnout and raised funds to go towards our new group of dogs. Always a fun day when Smokey’s in the building!

Kroger Community Rewards

Kroger Community RewardsHere is an easy way for you to support HALT by doing what you already do! It’s time for the annual 2014-2015 enrollment in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. They’ve expanded the program and will be giving away $2.5 million to local organizations this year.

If you registered last year simply log in and click on “My Account” and choose HALT (organization 51944) under Community Rewards.

Not registered? Register your Kroger Plus card for Community Rewards (or get one at your local store if you don’t have one) and choose H.A.L.T (organization 51944). Every time you shop, Kroger will make a donation to the HALT program, and you’ll be helping these wonderful kids and rescue dogs that participate in the program.

Exciting Opportunity from the Cesar Millan Foundation

We have some exciting news! Thanks to the generosity of the Cesar Millan Foundation, the HALT program has been awarded scholarships for two of our instructors to attend Cesar’s Fundamentals Training program next month. Our instructors will be able to bring back invaluable lessons and knowledge that will help us update and expand our training with the teens and dogs going through the program. 12019960_10153715944639954_1368470381350280625_n

We do need a little help. We are asking for your assistance to help offset travel expenses.  Approximately $1,500 will help us achieve our fundraising goal for this amazing training experience.

HALT is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. We greatly appreciate your support and generosity for this once in a lifetime opportunity to help us help our teen trainers and the dogs rescued through the program. You can help us reach this goal by contributing online on our Donations page

or by mailing a check to:

Humans and Animals Learning Together
1737 N. Campbell Station Rd
Knoxville, TN 37932

Please note “Cesar’s Training” on your online donation or check. With online donations, once your information is in, you’ll see an “add message for HALT” field. Your donation may be tax deductible. Check with your tax advisor to learn more.

We can’t wait to go, and can’t wait to share what we learn!

 

FALL 2015 Class News

Our fall session is here! We have chosen the dogs that will be in the class. They have been with our wonderful veterinarian, Dr. Shaw the last two weeks. He and his staff do such a great job and take amazing care of our dogs. They’ve all had their full medical exams, finished up their last vaccinations and any other needs, and are ready to start class.

Our first adoption event is this weekend, Sunday the 13th, and classes start Monday. See our Events page for more upcoming adoption events. Applications are now being accepted on the dogs for review by our adoption committee.

Thank you to our supporters and volunteers helping this fall – Young-Williams Animal Center, Ideal Veterinary Hospital, Catatoga Kennels, Mountain Mutt Media, and the local businesses that help by hosting adoption events for us.

Abby Gibson Memorial Foundation check presentation to H.A.L.T. for the 2015-2016 Class Sponsorships

Special thanks to the Abby Gibson Memorial Foundation for again providing the Cool Class Sponsorship for both the fall 2015 and spring 2016 sessions. Their generous donation will help us provide snacks and drinks for all of the kids during their four weeks of class, plus t-shirts, certificates and goodies for graduations. Proceeds rasied during the 2015 Walk and Wag event have allowed them to make this generous donation to support our kids in the program.

 

MerryWe also wish to thank Julie G and her Fall Festival crew for sponsoring Merry through this class. Julie sponsored Winnie in the spring class in memory of her long-time, four-legged friend, Char that she lost earlier in the year. To follow that, she and her friends did a fundraiser this fall and pooled their money together to help another dog in this class. Their generous donation will provide all the vet care, boarding, food and training supplies for Merry through the class.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities and other ways you can help, visit our Donations page.

SPRING 2015 SESSION

Ansel-1Our spring session is here! The “Fab 5” are with our vet getting to know each other better, and getting all their vaccinations and medical care finished up. We are excited to get them to the kennel early April so we can start training with them and their new student trainers. Applications are now being accepted on all 5 dogs.

Classes will start Monday, April 13th. We do still need a couple of volunters in in Monday/Wednesday 1:30-2:30p class and our Tuesday/Thursday 6:30-7:30p class. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit our Volunteer page to learn more.

Our first adoption event is Saturday, April 11th at Mast General Store downtown from 1pm to 3pm. See our Events page for other upcoming opportunities to meet the dogs.

Buddy - Spring 2015

Buddy – Spring 2015

Thank you to our supporters and volunteers helping this spring – UT School of Veterinary Medicine, Young-Williams Animal Center, Ideal Veterinary Hospital, Catatoga Kennels, Mountain Mutt Media, and the local businesses that help by hosting adoption events for us.

Special thanks to the Abby Gibson Memorial Foundation for providing the Cool Class Sponsorship for both the fall 2104 and spring 2105 sessions. Their generous donation will help us provide snacks and drinks for all of the kids during their four weeks of class, plus t-shirts, certificates and goodies for graduations.

 

Winnie - Spring 2015

Winnie – Spring 2015

Special thanks to Julie G for sponsoring Winnie in the spring class. Julie lost her long-time friend, Char earlier in the year, and wanted to honor her memory by helping another dog. Her generous donation will provide all the vet care, boarding, food and training supplies for Winnie through the class.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities and other ways you can help, visit our Donations page.

Check back for weekly updates on how training and adoptions are going with the dogs.

 

Kroger Community Rewards

Kroger Community RewardsHere is an easy way for you to support HALT by doing what you already do! It’s time for the annual 2014-2015 enrollment in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. They’ve expanded the program and will be giving away $2.5 million to local organizations this year.

If you registered last year simply log in and click on “My Account” and choose HALT (organization 51944) under Community Rewards.

Not registered? Register your Kroger Plus card for Community Rewards (or get one at your local store if you don’t have one) and choose H.A.L.T (organization 51944). Every time you shop, Kroger will make a donation to the HALT program, and you’ll be helping these wonderful kids and rescue dogs that participate in the program.

Fall 2014 Session

Sherman(1)Our fall session is here! The fall “Fab 5” have been with our vet the last couple of weeks getting to know each other better, and getting all their vaccinations finished up. We are excited to get them to the kennel this week so we can start training with them.

The teens that will be training the dogs are also getting ready to meet the dogs next week.

Volunteer orientation for those signed up for classes is this Thursday, September 11th at 6:30pm. Classes start Monday, September 15th.

Our first adoption event is Sunday, September 14th at Mast General Store downtown from 1pm to 3pm. See our Events page for other upcoming opportunities to meet the dogs.

Hamlet(2)Thank you to our supporters and volunteers helping this fall – UT School of Veterinary Medicine, Young-Williams Animal Center, Ideal Veterinary Hospital, Catatoga Kennels, Mountain Mutt Media, and the local businesses that help by hosting adoption events for us.

Special thanks to the Abby Gibson Memorial Foundation for providing the Cool Class Sponsorship for both the fall 2104 and spring 2105 sessions. Their donation will help us provide snacks and drinks for all of the kids during their four weeks of class, plus t-shirts, certificates and goodies for graduations.

Check back for weekly updates on how training and adoptions are going with the dogs.

 

4th Annual Picture Day with Smokey

It’s football time in Tennessee! Come to Mast General Store to meet the University of Tennessee Volunteers mascot Smokey X and the cheerleaders on Saturday, August 23rd.

Registration for photos start at 1pm, and Smokey will be there from 1:30pm-3pm. Photos will be provided by Mountain Mutt Media.

We will have goodie bags for the first 60 sign-ups that will include treats, coupons and gifts from Mast General, PetSafe and more. Smokey will have to leave at 3p, so be sure to get there early!img_5905

Spring 2014 Reunion

What a beautiful spring day we had for our spring reunion! It was a great day to kick off our 27th year. Thank you to all the graduates, volunteers, supporters friends and families that came out for the event. Our new group of dogs had a fun time meeting lots of new dogs and people, including some potential new families.

Daisy is a very happy little girl. She really had fun at the event and we’re working on a home visit with her potential new family. We learned the other day she does not like cats!

Eddie showed us that he can be very focused and a fast learner. He had some initial issues meeting new dogs, but he started learning manners from us very quickly. He will love an active family that can keep him busy.

Charlie is another happy guy. He can be very playful in addition to loving a lap to sit in. We had fun watching him bounce around while he was meeting new dogs. He is a pretty calm dog but will enjoy playtime as well.

Mocha is definitely our shy girl. She does great with other dogs and did very well with a lot of dogs around. She is quite shy with people right now so we’ll focus on having her around lots of people over the next few weeks. She will benefit from a dog-savvy family that can include her in lots of activities to continue building her confidence and trust.

Lucky also met a potential new family. Their current dog and Lucky look like brothers! He is another fast learner that loves to play and spend time with others. He will be best suited for a home with another dog and a family that can keep him included in their daily activities.

We are excited to start classes Monday and see how our dogs grow over the next four weeks with their teen trainers!