Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Please Vote for HourMission!

Yes, I went there; I put an exclamation point in the title. I'm already second-guessing it. But moving on...

Yesterday, my buddy Matt and I submitted an idea we've been working on quite a bit (especially lately) to American Express' Members Project. If you haven't heard of Members Project, it is a contest in which people can submit their ideas that make a broad positive impact as well as rate, discuss and vote on all the submitted ideas. We would love if you would take all three of the latter actions (rate, discuss and most importantly VOTE - all caps is my latest punctuation faux pas). The entry deadline has passed unfortunately for those interested (though fortunate for us, since we don't need any more competition than the other ~1200 ideas in contention).

The voting deadline is September 1st. The top 25 projects advance to the next round, and the top 5 get some serious cash money. (Eat your words, Wilmer. And then go volunteer.) We would sincerely appreciate your support by voting and if you're so compelled passing this post or this information—

1) Please log into: (Yes, you have to be an Amex Cardmember, which is definitely a bit annoying. Hopefully you are already and have a login.)
2) Search for: CKGW4D (HourMission: Volunteering Made Easy)
3) Click: "Nominate This Project"

—to your friends, family, do-gooders and do-baders you know (we'll get them out of guilt).

Here is the widget I've downloaded from the site. Click on the blue hourmission link within it to go vote. (Punctuation is self-censored at this point.)

And for those interested in more info, here is a brief presentation we put together a while back:

hourmission 2.20.08
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: nonprofit time)

Lastly, if you're still with me, here is a sneak peek at the new logo we're working on with the extremely talented John Cornette:

Hope you found that interesting. Hope you have been inspired to vote (if not get your ass in gear to volunteer). No better way to end than with a rhyme.

P.S. Any feedback on the idea is greatly appreciated. Thank you all so much.


Eric said...


Jess said...

Officially nominated. GOOD LUCK!

El Gaffney said...

thank you both very much. look fwd to hearing your thoughts in-person soon.

Ila said...

Is it possible to stuff the ballot box or does each AmEx card only get one vote? Very proud of you and Matt and will vote as often as I'm allowed.

iwillnotbeFOOLed said...

Lot of talk but you said absolutely nothing. You dumbasses voting for this know what your voting for? Volunteering.. volunteering is good.. wtf is your business/roll out plan. Try again if you want seriosu votes.

El Gaffney said...

iwillnotbefooled, i'm sorry you were not impressed. i don't mind profanity but please don't insult my readers. i'm not going to delete your comment because you are entitled to your opinion and i'm completely open to feedback. that's why i asked. next time, i hope it is a bit more constructive. as you probably noticed in the entry form, there is not a specific question or ton of space to get into our business plan (500 character limit on each question including spaces). however, it is clear you don't think we made the best use of that space. at least you left knowing it was volunteer-related. if you haven't checked out the ppt, maybe that will answer some more questions. i probably spent more time responding than your comment's tone warranted; however, i do want to remind you that while we do have a good sense of how we'd get this off the ground (pilot program for small biz in nyc matching them to a partner org) this is an idea contest not a biz plan one.