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Every Sunday we will highlight some of the people who are funding our work creatively or helping us spread the word of our mission online. If you spot Heifer International while you’re surfing the web or know of a fun or creative fundraising effort, please share it with us here in the comments.

Yahaya Wandwasi tells us about the success he has found thanks to the gift of one Heifer dairy cow. He now has a farm with cows and goats, 600 coffee trees, eight acres of banana and additional crops. The headline says it all: "I have have milked my cow to wealth."

Students and teachers at Highmeadow Common Campus donned pajamas and donated to Heifer International one schoolday in April for a read-a-thon. The second grade teacher and organizer, Lorena Burke, said, "We are learning to be global citizens. As such, we are caring for other people and the earth."

Congrats to Esther Moberg, who was been awarded the Oregon Library Association (OLA) Public Library Division's 2012 Olé Award, which honors a public library employee who has demonstrated exceptional effort and excellence in public library service over the past year. Moberg runs the library's popular annual Summer Reading Program, which in 2011 included Read to Feed, where young readers raised funds for Heifer International.

Andy Beardsley’s sophomore English classes at Ellsworth High School not only fund-raised for Heifer and other organizations, they were tasked with researching the programs they were supporting. I love this approach to education, and am excited that Heifer was chosen as one of the projects.


Linda Meyers

Linda Meyers, an Arkansas transplant originally from St. Louis, Mo., started working at Heifer International in 2011. She enjoys dragging her three children on nature hikes and snapping photos of them and everything around her. She has a bachelor’s degree in English has been “in the process” of writing the great American novel for 24 years.