UMD Wins Awards for SPENT
Congratulations to Urban
Ministries of Durham for winning two 2012 North American Effie Awards
- SPENT in the category of Media Idea
- SPENT in the category of Media Innovation
Receiving an Effie Award
signifies your work was one of the most effective marketing efforts of last
year, incorporating an insightful communications strategy, outstanding
creativity, and the market results to prove it
worked. Effie entries go through two rigorous rounds of judging
and a small percentage of entering cases emerge as winners.
SPENT challenges players to make it through the month on
their last $1,000. Changes in
employment, housing, medical costs, and other expenses force the SPENT player
to make difficult choices that often compromise the health, safety, or
integrity of their families.
Unfortunately, this game is the reality for many of the 6,000 people who
come to UMD each year because they have simply run out of options.
Developed by McKinney, a Durham-based advertising agency,
SPENT was originally created as a way to engage new donors and volunteers for
UMD. However, SPENT has crossed all
geographic, economic, and social boundaries.
Even educators and employers are using SPENT as an interactive lesson
for their students and employees regarding financial literacy and social
As expressed in the following comments from SPENT players,
people from all over the world are finding SPENT to be a valuable tool for
understanding how difficult and painful it is to live on the edge of losing
for drawing attention to the reality of what so many people face. There is a
lot of need here too, but I hope you draw national attention to the issue of
poverty and unemployment.” – Danette, Africa
this game has shattered how I view the privilege in my life, and increased my
empathy and compassion for those who do not have to play a game to understand
the hardships of life.” – Christina
one thing to feel sorry for homeless people; it’s another to be forced into
their shoes. ” – The Huffington Post
Play SPENT and see how this revolutionary game creates a
new, tangible awareness of the struggles of 14 million Americans.
News & Needs
Oct 06, 2016
Urban Ministries of Durham shared Claymakers's post.
Claymakers is one of several great artist communities that contributes the bowls for our Empty Bowls fundraiser each spring.
Five more beauties from the upcoming show! Join us for Steinfest: Opening night - Friday September 30, 2016 6-9 PM at Claymakers.View this post on Facebook
Sep 12, 2016
Urban Ministries of Durham shared Duke School's photo.
Thank you, Duke School friends for using your Dragon Dash event this year to collect shoes for very poor and homeless neighbors seeking help at Urban Ministries of Durham.
Duke School will be hosting its annual Dragon Dash 5K Walk/Run & Kids Fun Run event on Sunday, September 25, 2016! This event is open to the public, and will be held on Duke School's Cross Country course.
REGISTER HERE: http://ow.ly/TEsz3042HSS by September 14, for only $25 per person (5K), and for only $10 per child (Kids Fun Run)! Children and toddlers of all ages are welcome.View this post on Facebook
Aug 15, 2016
Urban Ministries of Durham added 2 new photos.
Duke Football players came to UMD recently to serve breakfast in the Community Cafe to hungry and homeless neighbors.View this post on Facebook
Jul 29, 2016
Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.
Mount Sylvan United Methodist Church found out that the UMD Community Cafe kitchen was limping along with an old food processor in deplorable condition -- and they arrived this morning to surprise Chef Larry with a new commercial model.View this post on Facebook
Jun 27, 2016
Urban Ministries of Durham added 8 new photos to the album: What Gabi learned about homeless people.
Githens Middle School student Gabi Overcast-Hawks did this art photography project for school after coming to UMD to speak with people experiencing homelessness.View this post on Facebook
May 14, 2016
A recent rainy day in Durham was a beautiful day for Isra Grimes, because it was the day he moved from the Urban Ministries of Durham homeless shelter into his very own apartment.
Anchor Lead: The most recent data by the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness found more than 7000 homeless adults living in North Carolina....with D...View this post on Facebook
Apr 25, 2016
Urban Ministries of Durham added 5 new photos.
A big thank you to Christ the King Moravian Church, who brought 30 people to UMD over the weekend to spruce up the grounds with mulch, plantings, and other attention.View this post on Facebook
Apr 20, 2016
UMD needs your help to earn a crucial $65,000 grant from The Stewards Fund to offer food, shelter and a future to very poor and homeless neighbors.View this post on Facebook
Apr 01, 2016
Here at UMD, we are seeing people become homeless and have difficulty leaving homelessness because of the lack of affordable housing in Durham -- rents go up, while entry-level wages stay flat.
The city carefully planned its economic revitalization.The Downside of Durham's RebirthView this post on Facebook
Mar 22, 2016
Seasons change, and as you reach toward the spring clothing in your closet, we hope you'll notice some spring items you can share to help homeless men and women at Urban Ministries of Durham -- and poor people from the community who come to our Clothing Closet.View this post on Facebook
Mar 16, 2016
Our friends at Vert & Vogue are again debuting their spring collection in a way that helps offer food, shelter and a future to people who come to UMD seeking assistance.View this post on Facebook
Mar 10, 2016
Durham Academy is a key partner in the work of UMD to offer food, shelter and a future to our neighbors in need.View this post on Facebook
Mar 02, 2016
And here's the pot-making process at The ArtsCenter of Carrboro, another valuable Empty Bowls contributor! Love our potter and woodturner friends so much.View this post on Facebook
Feb 26, 2016
Several days before Empty Bowls 2016 (March 3, Durham Convention Center), Premier and Hot Ticket types are already sold out! But at least for now, Soup Only and Soup+Bowl tickets remain available.View this post on Facebook
Feb 22, 2016
Urban Ministries of Durham added an event.
This year, our goal is to raise $100,000, the most money ever, to offer food, shelter and a future to very poor and homeless neighbors through Urban Ministries of Durham.View this post on Facebook
Feb 18, 2016
Get your tickets to come sample as many soups as you want from these chef kitchens preparing soup for Empty Bowls 2016, March 3 at Durham Convention Center: Bleu Olive, Brock Premier Culinary Service, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Durham Convention Center, Guglhupf Bakery Cafe & Restaurant, Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas, The Mad Hatter's Cafe + Bakeshop, Pizzeria Toro, Pompieri Pizza, Saladelia Cafe,
Saltbox Seafood Joint, The Forest at Duke, Toast.View this post on Facebook
Feb 11, 2016
Just picked up dozens of beautiful Empty Bowls from Claymakers, one of the lovely artist communities that makes a gift of their work each year to raise money to help poor and homeless neighbors.View this post on Facebook
Feb 03, 2016
Urban Ministries of Durham added 4 new photos.
It's just a month away -- the 10th annual Empty Bowls to benefit hungry and homeless clients of Urban Ministries of Durham.View this post on Facebook
Jan 22, 2016
Urban Ministries of Durham added 3 new photos.
It seems like we always announce this on a day that's just perfect for soup -- Empty Bowls 2016 tickets are on sale now! On March 3 at Durham Convention Center you'll taste signature soups from more than a dozen top chefs from the Triangle, and can take home a bowl handmade by a local artist.View this post on Facebook