The Hope Alliance is holding a social media contest |

The Hope Alliance is holding a social media contest

Scott Iwasaki

The Hope Alliance is offering the world to a lucky winner.

The Park City-based nonprofit organization that is on a mission that "empowers

impoverished people to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of their

families and their communities," is holding a social-media contest over the

weekend, said Executive Director Melissa Caffey.

The winner will have the opportunity to join the Hope Alliance on a service trip in


"It’s our 15th anniversary this month and in honor of that we are holding a contest for

an all-expenses-paid service trip to any of the places we are going to in 2015," Caffey

told The Park Record. "It’s pretty exciting for us to be able to do this."

Applicants need only to make a video — .MOV, .AVI, .MPEG or .WMV — or type

an essay — a .doc or .pdf file — and submit them to the Hope Alliance, via email at by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30. If the video is too big to

email, applicants can post it on and send a link to the Hope Alliance.

"They can submit a video that is 90 seconds long or less or they can write an essay

that is 250 words or less," Caffey said. "We’ll then have a committee comprised of board

members and volunteers judge the entrants."

The videos and essays must answer the following questions:

  • Why do you want to participate in a Hope Alliance humanitarian expedition?
  • Why should you be chosen to participate in a Hope Alliance humanitarian


    An application must also accompany the video or essay.

    Applications can be downloaded by visiting .

    The committee will then look at the videos and essays to see if they fit the guidelines

    and then, upon approval from the Hope Alliance staff, applicants will post their

    submission on the Hope Alliance Facebook Page. (


    Applicants are encouraged to use the hashtag #helpwithhope2014 and be creative

    with how they share their submissions, according to Caffey.

    "The social-media aspect will factor in with the public’s reactions to the piece and

    how many shares and retweets the essay gets," Caffey said. "Comments and

    endorsements will also be taken in consideration."

    The submissions will also be judged by how well and directly the applicants

    answered the questions and the extent to which the applicant’s essay coincides with the

    Hope Alliance’s mission statement.

    All applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years of age at the time of travel
  • Have parental consent if under 18 years of age
  • Have a valid passport at the time of travel
  • Pass a background check
  • Be physically able to travel internationally and independently

    The committee will take those factors into consideration when selecting the winner.

    The winner of the contest will be able to choose and participate in any open

    humanitarian expedition to Haiti, Peru, Guatemala, or any other Hope Alliance program

    site in 2015, according to Caffey.

    "The Hope Alliance will cover the cost of airfare, transportation, lodging and some

    meals," she said. "Vaccinations, medications, additional tours and excursions will not be


    Caffey hopes to have the decision done within a week.

    "We will probably announce the winner at our 15th anniversary party on Dec. 7 at the

    Blind Dog," she said.

    The party will be a celebration for past Hope Alliance donors, trip participants and


    "It won’t be a fundraiser," Caffey clarified. "It will be a thank-you party for all of

    those who have supported us throughout the years."

    The party will run from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

    "This is very exciting for us," Caffey said.

    The Hope Alliance was founded by Park City residents Joe Mitchell, a minister, and

    John Handerhand, a family practice physician, in December 1999.

    "What most people don’t know is that another local resident, David Hedderly-Smith,

    was the third organizer at the time and he’s still involved," Caffey said.

    Throughout the past 15 years, more than 5,000 Hope Alliance volunteers have visited

    or sent relief to more than 23 countries around the world.

    "We have given well over 100,000 hours of volunteer time," Caffey said.

    For more information about the Hope Alliance’s social media contest, visit

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