For the month of February, AmeriCorps VISTA Daisy Martinez has been focused on the Night of Hope fundraiser happening April 6th. Every year, Giving Hope, Inc. hosts A Night of Hope in order to raise money to assist the homeless and potentially homeless in Denton County. The event consists of a Dinner event, Cake Auction, and a Silent Auction. Last year, the agency raised a little over $20,000. This year they have doubled their goal to $40,000 and are putting in all their effort to reach it. So far the agency has been able to raise $27,250. Daisy has created master spreadsheets to track Sponsorship Sales, Ticket Sales, and Donations made to the Night of Hope Event. This way she is able to update the Board Members and Staff on their progress. In order to bring in more donations for the silent auction, Daisy recruited three volunteers from the University of North Texas who are eager to help a local non-profit. Combined, they will volunteer a total of 55 hours in the weeks to come. Along with all the work she is putting into Night of Hope, Daisy has completed two grant applications totaling $17,950. The grants are requesting funding for a variety of things such as a partial salary for their Street Outreach Specialist, and summer activities for the children of the parents involved in two of our programs.