Thank You! "To Catch a Dollar" Screening Is a Big Success

April 1, 2011
by Jos G. Linn, RESULTS Domestic Outreach Organizer

Thanks to everyone in the RESULTS network and beyond who attended the To Catch a Dollar screening last night. I saw the movie for the first time myself at our Des Moines screening and I was impressed. Seeing how microfinance has changed the lives of women from Bangladesh to South Africa to Central America to Queens, New York was inspirational. I also enjoyed getting to know Dr. Muhammad Yunus a little better; being on RESULTS’ domestic side, we don’t interact with his work as much. It was also a great surprise to see RESULTS’ founder, Sam Daley-Harris, up on the big screen (I hope he’s getting residuals).

I was very inspired by our turnout at our local theater in Des Moines, IA. Our theater was a last minute addition to the screening list, yet we still had over 100 people attend the screening, by far the most filled theater in the movie complex last night. The movie was a hit with everyone. We were a little worried at first because at 7:20, the theater was virtually empty but then a flurry of folks showed up, including about 30 students from a college anthropology class forty miles away. Volunteers from RESULTS, Dress for Success, and Urban Ambassadors attended and made presentations before the show, looking for ways to work together on combating poverty in the U.S. RESULTS also recruited a few new people to our action network and possible new volunteers with our local group. We’ll now be doing follow up with these folks over the next week.

The good thing is that the To Catch a Dollar screening last night is only the beginning. During April, there will be follow up events and resources available for people who want to do more about reducing poverty in the U.S. RESULTS will be hosting a webinar and producing materials during the last week of April (April 25-29) focusing on policy solutions to U.S. poverty

Thank you all for your hard work in making the To Catch a Dollar screening as success. Thirty-five RESULTS groups planned events around last night’s screening and we literally could not have done it without you. Here are things you can do to follow up from last night:

  • Share your screening experience with us. Add a comment below about how it went, how many came, what activities you did, and what you thought of the film.
  • Download and send our To Catch a Dollar press release to local media outlets. Tailor the release for your group and community.
  • Follow up with the people who signed up to learn more about RESULTS at your local screening. See our To Catch a Dollar Resources page for tools to use for follow-up.
  • Plan to participate in follow up events in the coming weeks. We’ll have more details for you about these in our weekly updates and our To Catch a Dollar Resources page.

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