Saturday, December 6, 2014

Indianapolis Recorder Article

Link: 
http://www.indianapolisrecorder.com/education/article_754cd212-7bc5-11e4-9429-3378c3f36fb8.html#.VIMXoYEor9s.twitter

Indianapolis Recorder
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Indy native nets $100K in college scholarships

More than five years ago, Shay Spivey of Indianapolis juggled two young children and a low-paying job with very little opportunity to advance.

She desired to return to college to earn a bachelor’s degree after failing to complete her program several years ago following high school. However, every employment position she desired required a college degree, which Spivey knew she couldn’t afford at the time.

After countless hours of research she was awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to continue her education. Today Spivey holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree and works as a mental health and addictions counselor.

Recently, she released her book, "How to Submit A Winning Scholarship Application - Secret Techniques I used to Win $100,000 in College Scholarships" and the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper got a chance to chat with her about her scholarship journey.

What was your initial purpose of seeking scholarships?
Were you in a financially unstable situation or were you simply looking for alternative ways to pay for your higher education?

For me it was no money, no college. Honestly, my situation was being a single parent and working at a low income job. I really wanted to get my degree. I felt stagnant, going nowhere with no opportunities.

How did your search process begin?

With two kids and finance issues, I knew paying out of pocket wasn’t an option so I started researching. I used to spend my lunch break at the library and I always had a book in my hand. As I started reading I realized I truly didn’t know much about scholarships. I started a year in advance and said I was going to give it my all.

Did you believe you would be rewarded more than $100,000?

No, I had no idea and was awarded the money over a course of time. I always encourage people to not skip over the small scholarships. The smaller ones are worth it too and add up. Most people look at those and think they aren’t worth their time so as a result; many people aren’t applying for them. I had quite a few $500 scholarships but a secret I talk about in the book is maintaining a relationship with scholarship organizations. Some key organizations gave me money year after year.

What type of effort and time did it take?

I treated it like a part-time job in the evenings. Eventually I had to map out time because I was in school but needed to begin preparing for the following year. As I got going it was an hour in the evening five days a week. A lot of my scholarships were community service scholarships and many were based off of philanthropy and giving back.

What are some of the misconceptions of applying for scholarships?

The biggest complaint is writing an essay. The way I encourage individuals is by telling them “The essay is about you and nobody can tell your story better than you. It’s your thoughts, your hopes and your dreams.” You need to be able to explain to someone in writing what’s in your head and your heart and why you want to go to school. It’s encouraging and motivating. That writing piece is how they get to know you.

Throughout your research process you’ve gained money to further your education, how do you plan to give that back to the community?

My goal is to help families and individuals go to school without acquiring serious student loan debt. The challenge is, many aren’t taught anything about scholarships and if parents didn’t attend college, it’s hard to teach their kids about scholarships. I read an article that said there is 9 billion in state money for students to go to college. I want to connect people with that money. Education is the key out of poverty.

When did the idea for a book develop and what should readers expect?

I started a scholarship advisor program in 2009 that started off as a blog. The book came because I was giving people one-on-one attention but I wanted to reach a broader audience. I want my community to have access to that 9 billion dollars and learn how to navigate the scholarship system. My goal is to not only help young students but those like me who have children. I knew for the first time in my life I was on the right path because everything fell into place and it wasn’t hard.

For more information about Shay Spivey and her book “How to Submit a Winning Scholarship Application,” visit amazon.com or follow her on Twitter @ShayMSpivey.



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Thank you SJOA

ST JOAN OF ARC MIDDLE SCHOOL
____________________________
Dear Socks For The Homeless, Inc.,

Thank you so much for the opportunity to hold this wonderful service project for our middle school students!  Each grade certainly stepped up and were wonderful examples of what it means to be Christ for others and gave from their hearts. 

Here are the numbers of socks we collected throughout November:
8th Grade: 28 pairs
8th Grade: 19 pairs
7th Grade: 64 pairs
6th Grade: 48 pairs
6th Grade: 53 pairs
Total: 212 pairs of socks to be donated

Peace,
Joe Sheehan
Coordinator of Parish Religious Formation
Middle School Religion Teacher
St. Joan of Arc Parish
Indianapolis IN 46205
(317) 283-5508 Ex. 1124
____________________________

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Children's Hospital Book Drive



Collect New or Gently-Used 
Children’s Books
for the

Eskenazi Health Pediatric Primary Care Center

Drop Off Locations:
St. Joan of Arc Catholic School
500 East 42nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Great News!


July 19, 2014 Blog @ shayspivey.blogspot.com


How to Submit a Winning Scholarship Application:
SECRET Techniques 
I Used to Win $100,000 in College Scholarships.

By Shay Spivey, BSW, MSW

You can Preorder on Amazon Today!
Link to book:  http://amzn.to/Wrnot7

Release Date:  TBA

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Announcement


Question:    
Wow Shay!  You are a hard lady to catch up with.  What have you been up to?

Answer:    
Good morning (smiling).  I know, I know…  I apologize for appearing to be M.I.A. (laughing).
BUT I have some exciting developments and wonderful news.  For years I have been managing graduate school, Socks for the Homeless, The Scholarship Advisor Program, and my children’s busy extracurricular activities.  Needless to say I was stretched pretty thin but loving the service.  Another decade has passed and I will turn 40 soon.  For all these reasons I needed to re-evaluate, re-prioritize, re-group, re-strategize, and re-motivate all my efforts. 

Developments: 
After graduating with my Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University in 2013, I took a year off to recover and figure out what I wanted to do next.  During this time I was finally able to finish my first book:  “How to Submit a Winning Scholarship Application: Top Ten Tips and Techniques.  I am also refreshed and re-focused.

News:
I am so excited to announce that I have signed a book publishing deal.  All the details about the release of my first book: “How to Submit a Winning Scholarship Application: Top Ten Tips and Techniques” will be announced soon.  Please stay tuned for more information about the who, when, where, and when…

Contact:
Author Blog at ShaySpivey.blogspot.com
Email me at shay.mays (at) yahoo (dot) com
Facebook me at ...coming soon
Twitter me at ...coming soon
Other Blogs:  Scholarshipadvisor.blogspot.com
Other Blogs:  socksforthehomeless.blogspot.com

Yours truly,
Shay

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

2,000 Socks Donated


 February 28, 2014

Socks for the Homeless donated 
1,000 pairs of women and children's socks to:  The Julian Center


1,000 pairs of children's socks to:  Children's Emergency Shelter
Children's Bureau, Inc.





Friday, February 28, 2014

Project Ideas



SOCKS FOR THE HOMELESS
PROJECT IDEAS

Companies/Businesses
  • Great for team building and company community service projects
  • Internal - employee socks drive
  • External – socks drop location


Organizations (sororities, fraternities, community, etc…)

  • Great for community service project/volunteer hours
  • Internal – members and friends sock drive
  • External – Sock drive at an event or location *creative*


Schools

  • Can include students, staff, parents, parish, and/or community
  • Great for community service project/volunteer hours
  • Internal – School sock drive
  • Internal – Classroom competition *creative idea*
  • External – Sock drop location


Churches

  • Great for community service project/volunteer hours
  • Internal – Member/visitor sock drive
  • Get creative and make it an event
  • External – sock drop location
  • External – community socks drive


Individuals

  • Create a sock drive at work, with family, in neighborhood, at church, etc…
  • Great for community service project/volunteer hours
  • Neighborhood Sock drive - *creative idea*



SOCKS FOR THE HOMELESS
CHECKLISTS





SAMPLE INTERNAL PROJECT CHECKLIST:

    • Market your socks drive - Publicize your sock drive through flyers, emails, newsletters, announcements, Facebook, or twitter. (Hint:  Be sure to include the who, what, when, where, how and why).
    • Collection Box - You can request a collection box from a Socks for the Homeless representative or if you have access to boxes already you can simply print a poster and create your own collection box - feel free to be creative.
    • Create a collection station(s) - Place sock collection box(es) in a convenient location at your business/organization.  
    • When sock drive is complete – contact and Socks for the Homeless representative to pick up socks.




      SAMPLE EXTERNAL PROJECT CHECKLIST:

        • Market your socks drive - Publicize your sock drive through flyers, emails, newsletters, announcements, Facebook, or twitter. (Hint:  Be sure to include the who, what, when, where, how and why).
        • Collection Box - You can request a collection box from a Socks for the Homeless representative or if you have access to boxes already you can simply print a poster and create your own collection box - feel free to be creative.
        • Create a collection station(s) - Place sock collection box(es) in a convenient location at your business/organization.  
        • Business/Organization will be listed as a sock drop location site on www.socksforthehomeless.blogspot.com and communication emails.




          SAMPLE NEIGHBORHOOD SOCK DRIVE CHECKLIST:

          • Market your socks drive - Publicize your sock drive through flyers, emails, newsletters, announcements, Facebook, or twitter. (Hint:  Be sure to include the who, what, when, where, how and why).
          • Collection Box - You can request a collection box from a Socks for the Homeless representative or if you have access to boxes already you can simply print a poster and create your own collection box - feel free to be creative.
          • Create a collection station(s) - Place sock collection box(es) in a convenient location OR...
          • Creative Suggestions - Let your neighbors know that you are conducting a sock drive and will be around to collect socks for the homeless on a certain date
          • Creative Suggestions - Let your neighbors know that you will set out a table/box on a certain date to collect socks for the homeless.  Set up a tent, play some music, etc…


          SAMPLE SCHOOL SOCK DRIVE CHECKLIST:

          • Market your socks drive - Publicize your sock drive through flyers, emails, newsletters, announcements, Facebook, or twitter. (Hint:  Be sure to include the who, what, when, where, how and why).
          • Collection Box - You can request a collection box from a Socks for the Homeless representative or if you have access to boxes already you can simply print a poster and create your own collection box - feel free to be creative.
          • Create a collection station(s) - Place sock collection box(es) in a convenient location at your school.
          • Creative suggestion - To motivate students develop a classroom competition and offer a prize/party for the winning class. (For example, an ice cream party, and movie party, free time, etc.)







          SOCKS FOR THE HOMELESS NEEDS YOU TO
          PLEASE CONTACT US TODAY

          2,000 Pairs of Socks!


          GIRL SCOUTS  OF CENTRAL INDIANA
          for your donation of

          2,000
          pairs of socks



          Monday, February 10, 2014

          An act of kindness...

          Starting a sock drive is an act of kindness 
          that will reach out and touch many people...

          471 socks donated to Horizon House!


          Your sock donation makes a difference!

          Today I dropped off a sock donation to Horizon House, a full-service day center that serves the homeless in central Indiana.  When I walked in the door with the first box I was amazed by the number of people waiting for services inside.  The open day room was filled with consumers.  Within 5 minutes the socks were being pulled out of the first box and passed out to consumers standing in line. 

          471 SOCKS DONATED TODAY!

          Horizon House provides essential services like:
          ·         shower & laundry facilities
          ·         telephones & mail delivery service
          ·         employment program & computer lab
          ·         case management & housing programs
          ·         veteran services
          ·         street outreach
          ·         co-located medical, mental health and legal services

          Shay Spivey-Mays, BSW, MSW
          Volunteer Coordinator
          Socks for the Homeless, Inc.
          Socksforthehomeless.blogspot.com



          Recent deliveries


          February 2014
          Socks for the Homeless donated 471 pairs of socks to:
          Horizon House Inc.
          1033 East Washington Street
          Indianapolis, IN 46202
          317-423-8909

          February 2014
          Socks for the Homeless donated 450 pairs of men/women/children socks to:
          Wheeler Mission Ministries
          Website:  wheelermission.org

          January 2014
          Socks for the Homeless donated 422 pairs of socks to:
          Dayspring Center
          Serving Homeless Families with Children
          Dayspring Center provides emergency shelter, clothing, and three nourishing meals-a-day for homeless families with children in central Indiana. Families turn to us as a last resort; some to escape domestic abuse, others have experienced financial collapse, medical problems, or other crises that caused them to lose their home.

          **See the "OUR IMPACT" tab for a complete history

          7,100


          HOORAY!
          Socks for the Homeless 
          Community Service Project
          has delivered over 
          7,100
          pairs of socks to homeless service agencies in Indianapolis, Indiana.


          Friday, January 3, 2014

          Happy New Year


          International School of Indiana



          5TH GRADE
          INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF INDIANA

          For making Socks for the Homeless your 2013 community service project.  
          We are grateful to the students, staff, and parents
          for collecting socks for the homeless.

          Thank you!
          Thank you!
          Thank you!

          Cathedral High School Cafe Club

          CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL 
          CAFE CLUB
           for collecting socks and other additional items for the homeless!  
          We love having you as a NEW partner and look forward to working with you again next year.




          Thank You Girl Scouts

          Thank you to

          GIRL SCOUTS OF INDIANA
          INDIANA TROOP 2416
          REDBUD SERVICE UNIT
          (Edinburgh, Franklin, and Trafalgar, Indiana)

          Thank you Redbud Service Unit (and Jessica) for collecting 
          Over 350 pairs of socks 
          for the homeless as one of your fun 2013 community service projects.  I look forward to a long partnership.



          Tuesday, December 17, 2013

          Central Catholic School


          Thank you
          CENTRAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL
          For making Socks for the Homeless 
          your school 2013 Advent Project.
          Your continued support and generous sock donation of
          562 pairs of socks
          is greatly appreciated.  We love partnering with 
          Central Catholic School every year!





          Decatur Central High School


          Thank you
          To our partner
          DECATUR CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
          For collecting over 300 pairs of socks for the homeless
          We are grateful to the students, staff, and parents
          for collecting socks for the homeless.




          Samuel's Family



          Thank you
          Samuels Family
          For making Socks for the Homeless your 2013 Family Christmas Service Project.



          Randolph Family


          Thank you
          RANDOLPH FAMILY
          For your generous sock donations From Muncie to Indianapolis you rock!



          Monday, October 21, 2013

          2013 Indianapolis Homeless Count Report

          Startling Indianapolis Homelessness Statistics (2013)

          "As many as 4,800 to 8,000 individuals are experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis. Results from the most current study showed a 20 percent increase in those becoming homeless due to job loss."

           
          (www.chipindy.org, 2013, Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention)

          Link to report:
          http://www.chipindy.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/HomelessCount_2013_WEB.pdf 

          Thursday, September 26, 2013

          I Give Socks!!

          When Faced With A Homeless Person What Do You Do?  I Give Them Socks!
          By: Shay Spivey-Mays, BSW, MSW. 9/26/13.

          How do you feel when you pull up to a red light or freeway ramp and see a homeless person standing with a sign?  Most people, depending on the day, feel uncomfortable and want to avoid the request for a financial donation.  To be honest there have been situations when I thought:  “If I look straight ahead and do not make eye contact they will not approach me.  Please do not let them walk up to my window today.”  Most of the time I just do not have the extra cash to spare.   

          I have never been at ease with "doing nothing" when I see someone in need.  That fact that I am a giver-at-heart compels me to help others in need.  Though I have experienced a few negative encounters that have contributed to my feelings of uncertainty when giving cash, the good experiences far outweigh the bad.  I am not alone and realize that many people wonder if they should give money to the homeless on the street and if it really helps. 

          So what do I do in this situation?  I give socks.

          I give socks to the homeless standing on street corners, freeway ramps, panhandling on downtown streets, and standing outside stores.  I keep a bag of new socks in the front seat of my car so that I can hand them out the window in a hurry with a smile.  I give several pairs and I am always greeted with “Thank you!  I needed socks”.

          I never have to ignore the person holding a sign that asks for help again!  When faced with a homeless person what do you do?  I give them socks!

           

          By: Shay Spivey-Mays, BSW, MSW. September 26, 2013.
          For additional information please visit www.SocksForTheHomeless.blogspot.com and/or email shay.mays@yahoo.com.