Thursday, September 24, 2015

House of Hope Summary (Spring 2015)

Most recently, over the winter and spring of 2015, we raised money for House of Hope in Lowell, MA.

House of Hope is an organization that provides mothers and their children with shelter and tries to help get their life back on track. Most of the women have substance abuse issues and/or mental challenges. To accomplish this they provide childcare, case managers to help plan their future, health services, help with their mental or substance problems, and employment internship positions. Not only was this meaningful cause so inspiring and close to home, but we also got the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with the kids three Wednesday's for a couple of hours after we had finished our fundraising in May. At the end of a long day of the mothers looking for work we were able to give them a break by interacting and playing with their children. At House of Hope we met kids of all different backgrounds, but they all had one thing in common; they wanted to have a good time. Although some of these kids spoke languages other than english it didn't change their appreciation for us there. We saw some of the same kids each week and, although only three times, we felt like we really got to know them and be empathetic towards there situations. It was such a powerful experience so see who our money was going towards and to really understand how much of a difference it would make for these people.

In order to raise the money for these families at House of Hope we held a Valentine's camp, sold homemade crafts, and collected donations. The Valentines camp was once again aimed towards the younger age group of kindergarteners, first graders, and second graders and proved to be a huge success. We set up a mini "fair" full of booths with different fun themed activities and games. They were able to go around and use their tickets we gave out to enjoy these fun booths. Not only were we able to run another fun camp and inform them of House of Hope, but we were also able to promote aspects of a person that we strongly believe in; such as optimism, encouragement, and sharing. It was great to see such a young group of kids sharing a ticket when a friend was low and cheering each other on to success in the games. Along with the camp we did a craft sale, where we sold homemade pumpkin granola, handmade stationery, and handmade dishtowels. Although a lot of work to make over 300 individual stationery cards, almost 60 printed dish towels, and multiple batches of granola, we had a great time making all of these products together and delivering them to all the kind people who helped us out in this fundraiser. All in all, through the camp and big craft sale we were able to donate over $830 to House of Hope. 

As always, thank you for your support as there is no better feeling than seeing these problems and being part of the solution.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Project C.U.R.E. Summary (Fall 2014)

We are four girls (Olivia Coutre, Emma Duggan, Grace Jennings, and Sarah Reichheld) known as the Giving Gals who fundraise and volunteer to make a difference for those in unjust situations. This is a summary of a great cause we helped out last fall during our 8th grade year. (Fall 2014)

Project C.U.R.E. or Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment donates medical supplies and equipment to countries around the world. Project C.U.R.E., founded in 1987, has small collection centers where donated medical supplies are then delivered to larger distribution warehouses. Project C.U.R.E. has helped out patients and families throughout 130 countries all over the world. Not only do they ship out 2-3 cargo containers of supplies a week around the world, but they also work with many volunteers to empower doctors and nurses, deliver vaccines, and help perform surgeries. Project C.U.R.E.'s mission is to deliver and continue to deliver health and hope throughout the world.

In order to help Project C.U.R.E., we held two major camps. This included a Halloween camp with many fun and easy halloween crafts, a scavenger hunt with clues forming a skeleton, joke telling, ghost in the graveyard, and many more spooky games and activities! This camp was attended by over 12 kids in kindergarten, first, and second grades and helped us to raise over $230. Along with the Halloween camp, we held a fall themed camp on Veteran's Day. At this camp each kid baked a mini apple crisp, did many leaf and turkey crafts, a team bonding scavenger hunt with pieces to form a leaf with trees, and many other fun games. It was a great time for a group of over 10 kids to honor our veterans and support those with medical needs by raising almost $200.  Our overall goal of both camps was to inform them on Project C.U.R.E. and the problems people were facing around the world while educating them on how they could make their difference. Along with this, we made it a priority to provide a fun afternoon for them with old and new friends.

During Project C.U.R.E. we made it a major goal of ours to not only raise money for causes we believed in, but also to spread awareness of how we can all make change. The camps were a great way to educate kids who were going to be our next generation of change makers. Along with the camps, we sold 36 Giving Gals t-shirts and other pieces of clothing with Mahatma Gandhi's "Be the change you wish to see in the world" on the back. Through your support we were able to fundraise over $360 and spread the message of hope. All in all through selling the shirts, running camps, and donations we were able to fundraise $1046 to help medical crises around the world.

Over the summer of 2014 before fundraising for Project C.U.R.E. we decided to do some hands on work. We did this by volunteering at gaining grounds, a non-profit farm donating fresh food to meal plans and food pantries, and by participating in the Emerson 5k run/walk raising money for cancer patient care at Mass General. Although Project C.U.R.E. was obviously a very worthy, effective cause it came to us the importance of helping those locally. We hope to continue helping out these local organizations and recommend that others check out the many other wonderful opportunities there are locally to help out people just like us with problems we could never imagine.

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Thanks for all your support - we couldn't have gotten where we are without the support of people like you!