It’s Been a Great Year
We launched in April with three people. My sister, my friend Darlene, and myself wanted 2011 to be the year we started giving back in a way that was meaningful to others and to ourselves. Like other people our age, we’re starting our careers and our families, so we didn’t have much to give. We decided to donate $25/month, and even though we knew together we would make a bigger impact, we were surprised how big that impact would be.
Even with just a handful of members for less than a year, we collected over $1,200 dollars to donate!
In December, we will choose where we will send the last donation of 2011.
Our Nominees Are…
Kickstart International makes a second appearance as a nominee. During our September meeting, this worthy non-profit lost out to Heifer International. At the time, we were all very impressed with this organization’s focus on lifting people out of poverty through market economics. They sell a subsidized water pump to rural African farms. Because of this pump, the farmer can reliably irrigate his or her crops resulting in a reliable food source for the family and a reliable food surplus to sell to others. Not wanting to deprive locals of jobs, they partner with local shops to market and sell the pumps resulting in even more economic opportunity.
Project Rwanda has a two part mission. First, their first mission is to help Rwandan coffee farmers earn more money for their coffee beans by getting the beans to market sooner with the help of a bike especially built for transporting goods and navigating the terrain. Second, they want to rebrand Rwanda as a great place to do business and to travel. To that end, they’ve started and support a Rwandan professional bike team which tours the world raising awareness for Rwanda.
Members will vote on December 29th on these two worthwhile organizations. And you can help us choose! Find out how to be a part of it now. Seriously. Don’t wait. You won’t regret it.