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Contestant #3 – Doree Lynn Miles

After reading Doree’s reason for why she wants my ticket to the Frederick Chamber New Media and Technology Conference, please leave a comment with why she deserves it the most. At least put her name in the comment, so I can tell it is not a spam comment. Voting ends Wednesday, January 27 at 3:00 pm EST.

Although I am not a big fan of Willy Wonka (it kind of freaked me out as a child) I could definitely make good use of that “golden ticket.”

The benefits of attending the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce’s New Media and Technology Conference (#FredNMT) would be priceless. We are a very small non-profit agency with a very small budget with which we do great things by providing shelter and services to homeless women and their children.  We help families get back on their feet again by giving them hope and a future.

Doing more with less in this economy is the only option we have and social media/ marketing/ networking can help us achieve that goal. Our strategic plan directs me to increase awareness of homelessness issues, educate the community and promote philanthropy. I want to learn how I can incorporate new media in to an effective media strategy. I want to capture people’s imagination. I want to move them to want to make a difference. I want to tug on their heartstrings and (frankly) their wallets, too.

We have a Twitter account (@HopeAliveInc), a Facebook page ( and a blog (, so I feel like we are one step ahead, but I don’t want to fall two steps back by not utilizing those tools correctly. Additionally, networking at the conference and learning from peers is something I can’t get by working in my cubicle in Sabillasville.

I appreciate this opportunity (pick me! pick me!) thanks for asking.

Doree Lynn Miles
Development Manager
Hope Alive, Inc.

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49 Responses to Contestant #3 – Doree Lynn Miles

  1. Amanda Culler Glenn January 25, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    Hope Alive is an awesome organization, and I am amazed at what they have done with social media and events with such a small staff! Doree Lynn rocks!

  2. Marlene January 25, 2010 at 11:10 am #

    No surprise that my vote is for Doree Lynn Miles of Hope Alive! I’ve been connected with this nonprofit since it began and am so proud of the good work they’re doing in our community. I know Doree works hard – and on a very tight budget – to share the stories of Hope Alive families and to raise awareness and support. Being able to attend this event for free would be a tremendous help to her and Hope Alive and ultimately to homeless moms and kids.

  3. Diane DeMarco January 25, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    I vote for Doree Lynn at Hope Alive because Hope Alive does such miraculous work in the community!! They provide a wholistic program of housing, education and life skills that helps women and their children to transform and rebuild their lives, so they can be self-sufficient and live lives that enrich our community. Please join me in voting for them!!

  4. Amanda Changuris January 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    I’d like to vote for Doree Lynn Miles because I truly believe in Hope Alive’s mission.

  5. Betsy Collings January 25, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    Sending my vote out for Doree Lynn!!!

  6. Kyle Bostian January 25, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    I’d vote for Doree, as her goal and employment is purely non-profit. The other contestants have laudable goals but they also have for-profit interest in the content. Women and children suffer most from the negative stereotypes of homelessness and Hope Alive is one of the only agencies addressing this need in the community.

  7. Doree Lynn Miles January 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    I’m voting for Doree Lynn because I really want to attend the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce’s New Media and Technology Conference!

  8. Carrie Williams January 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    I vote for Doree Lynn Miles because Hope Alive is a non-profit organization providing a tremendous service to women and children in our community. Doree Lynn and Hope Alive will truely benefit from her attendance to this Conference.

  9. Connie Walker January 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    My vote is for Doree Lynn! She really does a lot for Hope Alive and is making every effort to use all the Social Media and Technology tools at her limited budget’s disposal. She’s been doing everything she can to learn and would use the conference to further her skills for such a great non-profit!

  10. Missy Miller January 25, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    I vote for Doree Lynn!

  11. Penny A Millison January 25, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    I vote for Doree Lynn Miles. Not only is Hope Alive a wonderful organization that does wonderful work, Doree Lynn plays a key role in making Hope Alive’s mission a success.

  12. Robin Jones January 25, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    Doree Lynn and the Hope Alive staff and volunteers work amazing wonders. I vote for Doree Lynn Miles!

  13. Dawn Nelson January 25, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    Doree Lynn always captures my imagination and she is always wanting to find ways to improve Hope Alive bottom line. Hope Alive is making differences in families in Frederick County. Breaking that cycle of homelessness. So please vote for Doree Lynn so she may tug hard on those heartstrings and (frankly) their wallets, too!

  14. Barbara Noll January 25, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    I vote for Doree Lynn. Getting the word out about all the good that Hope Alive is doing will help so many women and children. There are a lot of needs that need to be met. A golden ticket would help her tap into all the technological options available, which will help as these women receive hope and start working toward a bright future.

  15. Dale Sullivan January 25, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    At a time in our economy when being a Development Director is at its most challenging, Doree continues to creatively raise funds and awareness. Hope Alive brings hopefulness to the homeless — And to support Doree Lynn with a ticket to this conference would actually be supporting the future success of Hope Alive as well.

  16. Jody January 25, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    I vote for Doree Lynn! I’ve witnessed her hardwork firsthand for 3 years. I appreciate her gifts and dedication to the task of bringing hope to some of the most hopeless women and children in our community. Besides that she will probably transfer some of what she learns to technologically “challenged” folks like me.

  17. Linda Morton January 25, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    Doree Lynn (contestant #3)and Hope Alive have my vote. Helping women and children can change the world, one family at a time. I’ve visited Hope Alive (and helped to paint their shed and weed their garden). It’s a wonderful place with a crucial mission.

  18. Joyce Lewis January 25, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    Go Doree Lynn!!

  19. Tammie Kincaid January 25, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    After reading the three submissions for the Golden ticket, I believe that Doree Lynn would be the best candidate for the ticket. In her present position, she could immediately impact many with the new knowledge that she would gain from the conference. She has a proven track record for implementing technology and has no fear when it comes to “new” and “challenge.” Give her the ticket and watch for amazing things to happen!

  20. Carol Miles January 25, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    My vote is for Doree Lynn Miles. I’m a little prejudiced because I’m blessed to have her as my daughter-in-law. But I believe she is the best candidate because of all the amazing work she has done at Hope Alive and will be able to continue to do with the new skills and knowledge she will acquire at the conference. Hope Alive is giving homeless women and their families the support they need for a new start in life. A vote for Doree will be a vote for all these women and children as well as all the future families who will be given the hope and opportunity for a new start at Hope Alive.

  21. Ted Miles January 25, 2010 at 6:58 pm #

    Hope Alive is an amazing organization. Considering the crossroads we find ourselves in this country and in our world, Hope Alive is responding to the needs of those who experience most harshly the realities of our economy and other grave situations for which there are limited resources (e.g., abuse, addiction recovery programs, etc.). I know firsthand the level of commitment Doree Lynn Miles maintains in her work; it is both professional and compassionate. Doree Lynn will undoubtedly put this opportunity to good use and it will ultimately serve people who need to know they are supported by the wider community. That is a message worth sending!

  22. Rich Manfredo January 25, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

    I would love to see Doree Lynn and Hope Alive win the golden ticket. She does great work for Hope Alive and I know that if she attends this conference I know she will make good use of the skills she learns.

  23. Patrick Miles January 25, 2010 at 9:42 pm #

    I’d like to see Doree win it all!!!!

  24. Jim Julian January 26, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    Doree Lynndoes a great job atHope Alive. Hope Alive does a super job at reaclhng at risk mothers with children in MD.

  25. Melinda Metz January 26, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    My vote goes to Doree Lynn!

  26. Nicole Raddu Ferry January 26, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    Doree Lynn has my vote as she shows selfless dedication to a job that is incredibly challenging. Her belief in the potentional of all of the residents at Hope Alive is unending and her desire to most fully utilize technology for the agency is to be applauded. In this world we live, homelessness should not be an issue. We have the resources. We have the strategies. Sadly we still have homelessness. Hope Alive is doing their part to remove the obstacle of homelessness from so many women and their children. Hope Alive stands in the success of these women until they can get there themselves. Ah…if we all would do the same…

  27. Morgan Ferry January 26, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

    I have personally sat down next to Mrs. Doree Lynn and watched her interact with the women and children of Hope alive, and I think she should win the contest.She ROCKS!!! :)

  28. Kim Johnson January 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    I vote for Doree Lynn. I have witnessed what a difference HopeAlive can make for women and children.

  29. Erica Christ January 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm #

    I vote for Doree Lynn! She will do wonders with what she learns from this event. She and the staff at Hope Alive work on a tight budget and are able to do soooo much with so little. This is just the perfect connection for Doree Lynn and the families she and Hope Alive are serving.

  30. Charlie Trunk January 26, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

    I vote for Doree Lynn. I have worked with Hope Alive in my capacity as Secretary and Director of The G. Frank Thomas Foundation, Inc., which has been a major contributor since Hope Alive’s founding. They all do wonderful work for women and children, who might otherwise be lost in the overwhelming pressures of trying to provide a meaningful
    life in the current environment.

  31. Janet Barnes January 26, 2010 at 7:03 pm #

    Hope Alive is a wonderful nonprofit organization that does so much to improve the lives of women and children. My vote is for Doree Lynn!

  32. Christopher Barbee January 26, 2010 at 11:55 pm #

    My vote is for Doree Lynn Miles. I know from her professionalism and hard work ethic that she would put this opportunity to good use.

  33. Terri McNeil January 27, 2010 at 7:36 am #

    I vote for Doreee Lynn Miles. Not only is she furthering the mission of Hope Alive, but she is furthering the kingdom of God with her true care and compassion for people with less.

  34. Tom England January 27, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    Doree Lynn Miles gets my vote!

  35. Wendell Roberson January 27, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    I vote for Doree Lynn Miles from Hope Alive.

  36. Lisa Pendleton January 27, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    I vote for Doree Lynn Miles…..Hope Alive is a fantastic organization and Doree Lynn is an invaluable asset to them. She is great!!

  37. Janet Legg January 27, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    I vote for Doree Lynn Miles…she is great.

  38. Terri Rowe January 27, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    I vote for Doree Lynn Miles, because she is a go-getter, a compassionate and caring women and she is a blessing to Hope Alive and to all who come into contact with her.

  39. Dave Glenn January 27, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    I vote for Doree Lynn Miles.

  40. Sarah Straw January 27, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    Another vote for Doree Lynn from Hope Alive!

  41. April F. January 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    My vote is for Doree from Hope Alive, because I’ve been there as a one-person nonprofit shop!

  42. Terry January 27, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    Doree Lynn

    Doree present both the most compelling need for attendance at the conference and the best business plan for how well she would be able to capitalize on the investment.

    Her non-profit status and the good works her organization does do not factor into my vote. Perhaps she has some experience grant-writing?


  43. Doris Roman January 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    I vote for Doree Lynn!.. she is such a blessing to Hope Alive… she’s always cheerful, helpful, knowledgeable, and dedicated to the mission at hand…

  44. Erin January 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    My vote goes to Doree Lynn Miles!

  45. Rene January 27, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    My vote goes to Doree Lynn Miles.


  46. michelle January 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    Love what you’re doing for our community! You have my vote.

  47. Mike Spain January 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    My vote goes for Doree Lynn Miles. She puts a lot of effort in for Hope Alive. Hope Alive serves the woman and children of Frederick, the community at large, and is an example for others

  48. Angie January 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    I vote for Doree Lynn Miles. Hope Alive is a wonderful organization in our community.

  49. Sue Oehmig January 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    My vote is always for Doree Lynn. She’s an amazing servant totally committed to advancing the mission of Hope Alive and transforming the lives of resident families. She has been a leader in Hope Alive’s fundraising and marketing initiatives since our early years and has recently led our efforts in expanding our online presence and launching us into social media networking. She rocks and without her we’d be stuck in a technology time warp! We can’t afford to send her to this conference which she wanted to go to last year, so please please give her your ticket!