Create Your Own Event Helping to host a local fundraising event serves not only a fun way to give back but also provides invaluable support to OMID in raising funds and awareness for our cause. You can organize an event as an individual or through a local community business, to raise funds and awareness for OMID. Fundraising events include, but are not limited to: Charity dinners and gala evenings Concerts, pop-up dining and other local community events Private, in home screenings or dinners Student awareness raising events Bazaars and market stalls As well as our established annual events in Washington DC, Toronto, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Vancouver volunteers have also organized other very successful fundraising activities. Here are just a few recent examples, which you can read about in more detail in the NEWS section of our website: OMID Foundation Canada hosted a Sizdeh Be Dar gathering at the Persian Palace in Toronto. This incredible event was supported so well by the local community that it sold out several days in advance. Many prominent Iranian Canadian business owners and professionals along with their friends and families were present. Women on A Mission Singapore raised $15,000 through a fundraising evening selling photographic art and collecting donations. In London a team of volunteers successfully raise close to $8000 from organizing a vintage nearly new designer sale and giving the proceeds to OMID also. Peace Meal Kitchen in Detroit raised over $500 for OMID by creating a Taste of Iran pop-up dining experience. EE Entertainment raised $10,000 from their 20th Anniversary event for our recent Iran Earthquake Appeal. In San Diego A Strings of Hope concert was organised by Laura Farhjood in aid of OMID and UN ambassador mountain climber, and keynote speaker Sara Safari gave an inspiring speech too. HOST YOUR OWN MOVIE NIGHT A GLASS HOUSE SCREENING Love having friends over? Host your own viewing of documentary ‘Glass House’ to raise awareness and support for OMID. This 92 minute documentary, filmed by Hamid Rahmanian and produced by Melissa Hibbard, follows four girls striving to pull themselves out of the margins of Iranian society by enrolling in the OMID program. OMID is featured in a documentary called the ‘Glass House’ filmed by Hamid Rahmanian and produced by Melissa Hibbard. This 92 minute film follows four girls striving to pull themselves out of the margins of Iranian society by enrolling in the OMID program. This is a unique way of seeing how OMID works and finding out more about the girls who need our help. Here are some of the things people said about the film: “Rahmanian/Hibbard have done a brilliant job in introducing us to these girls and making them a part of our lives. I see their faces in the crowds on the streets, I find myself wondering if they’re ok and if life is finally smiling upon them, and then I remember all of the other girls, the ones we didn’t meet but still share in the same fates as our protagonists and how OMID has ‘adopted’ and given the support and guidance that is the duty of a parent.” Read Setareh Sabety’s Iranian.com article Watch Fictionville Studio’s Clip Why not organize your own screening of The Glass House? Supporters host screenings of the film across the world to raise awareness of OMID and our work. We find it to be a powerful way of showing people what we do and also telling the stories of the girls. We always need more volunteers though so, why not run your own screening of the film? We have even created a Glass House at Home screening package now too. For more information about how to host a screening, or to arrange to receive a Glass House at Home package then please email email@example.com. Five easy steps to running your own screening: Step 1: Book somewhere to screen the film and set the date. It doesn’t have to be big — a school hall or lecture theatre perhaps? With the Glass House At Home event you just need a television/DVD player and a room in your house! Step 2: Invite as many people as you can by email, posters, Facebook, Twitter and word of mouth. There is no minimum or maximum, it is all dependent on the size of the venue. If you are hosting at your home then you might want to limit it to a much smaller number. Even getting 5 or 6 friends to watch the film will help raise awareness. Step 3: If you are doing a large screening then let us know when it is and we can publicize it to people in your area who are on our database and put it on our Facebook pages and Twitter. Create a Facebook Event Page and connect to our page as Co-Hosts, if you have a large network of contacts who would be interested too. Step 4: We will send you some brochures about the OMID’s work that you can distribute to the audience. This will not only give context to the film for your audience but also has a tear off donation page to encourage donations. We can also send you copies of the DVD and some OMID greeting cards and wrist-bands to sell at the event. Step 5: On the day try to get as many names, addresses and email details as you can from the audience so we can keep them in touch with the work that we do in the future. See our email sign-up form or you can get people to sign-up online. When promoting a fundraising event for OMID, please use the following resources when designing your flyers, posters and invitations. You can raise funds and awareness for OMID and spread the word about OMID’s work and campaigns by using our marketing materials to share on your social media pages, or to print and use at your own fundraising events. You can visit our library of images, logos, documents and guidelines. Our volunteers resource library includes a selection of images, logos, sample text and sample flyers and invites too. You can find these here to browse and download. Please do use our shareable resources for designing your flyers, posters and invitations to help you promote your event. Please get in touch for a link to this library. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us and like our social media pages. Please click on the icons at the top of our home page. Thank you for your kind support.