Selfies could help homeless women and children

Laura Garcia By Laura Garcia

Aug. 28, 2014 at 3 p.m.
Updated Aug. 28, 2014 at 8:06 p.m.

Perpetual Help Home launched an online selfie fundraiser Wednesday with proceeds benefiting local homeless women and children.

Advancement director Janet Whitehead Jones said she noticed the popularity of selfies on her Facebook news feed and wanted to try a "vote by donation" form of fundraising for the nonprofit.

The contest will help raise operating funds for Perpetual Help Home's programs, which assist women and their children in hardship circumstances, including recent release from prison or jail, serious substance abuse problems, homelessness or domestic violence.

Perpetual Help Home has been operating since 1995, giving homeless women a fresh start with supportive housing, life and job skills training and spiritual support.

Jones said because this is the first time the nonprofit has tried raising funds this way, she's not sure what to expect but is hoping for the best.

The contest is free to enter but asks entrants to share their photo on social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter asking for donations. Each $5 donation equals one vote. The photo with the most votes will win a $200 prize.

She said the selfies should show what hope looks like and can be defined by happiness, optimism, productivity and empowerment and can come in many forms by preparing for school, starting a business, conquering a problem or anything that inspires.

To submit your selfie or "ussie," go to

The contest asks entrants to provide their name, age, school or workplace and a little bit about their selfie when it's submitted. The first 100 submissions will be accepted through Sept. 6. Voting begins Sept. 7 and ends Oct. 14.

The winner will be announced Oct. 15.

For more information, contact Jones at 361-575-5335.



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