Heifer International is proud to have over 60 years of volunteer and donor stories to demonstrate the enormous efforts of individuals around the world. Many of these donors and volunteers became familiar with Heifer by attending one of our numerous events like those listed below. If you would like to be a part of one of Heifer’s success stories consider attending an event in your area.
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...when I visited in February, they already knew so much about Heifer and our mission to end hunger and poverty. March was their month for Read to Feed! We celebrated April 16.
My co-teacher, Deborah Goldstein, and I have done this specific project for 2 years now during the Thanksgiving/Hanukkah period. We give the children a list of animals that we think will be within budget and let them vote on their first and second choice animals to purchase...
At the beginning of April Heifer International's Public Relations Manager received 12 "letters of gratitude" from students at Yarmouth High School in Maine. Not wanting them to go unnoticed, she passed them along to When Cows Fly. Reading through each letter, we were compelled to learn more about the project. Here are some excerpts from the letters we received...
Our class of first, second and third graders, called the Acacia Class, has earned $182.00 from a special bake sale. We were selling baked goods and were selling for four days...
What fun we had in Sunday School raising money for 3 Little Pigs for Heifer International during Lent this year! We are a small church, so our goal was to raise money for one pig but our colorful piggy banks inspired many givers. Each Sunday School student painted a small piggy bank and we lined them up under a bulletin board display featuring pigs colored by children of all ages. Even visitors were moved to give! Thank you for this opportunity, Heifer International!
In July of 2014, the Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church in Pensacola, FL put together their time and effort to raise funds for Heifer International. The first paragraph of their initial fundraiser flier used to call congregants to give reads: "Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church are committed to helping others by extending a hand up rather than a handout. Their goal is to collect $5,000 to fill an ark for Heifer International in the month of July."
I first heard about Heifer in the late 90's when I had graduated from Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine and was practicing as a mixed-animal veterinarian in central Pennsylvania. (I am originally from Selma, Alabama.) One day as I was traveling my route doing my scheduled herd checks, checking cows for pregnancy, I noticed that farm after farm had missing farmers. This really was strange because my farmers hardly ever went on vacation. I finally asked where everyone was and was told that they had accompanied a shipment of heifers overseas for a group called Heifer International...
Dear Heifer International, I really enjoyed doing this project to help kids in need. We raised $835.00. With that money we bought four animals and two items. We even had money left over. I think more kids should do this project. What if it was you that would be able to go to school or to get a goat? You would be very excited. I like helping kids in need. That's what I like about this project. It gives kids the opportunity to have a pet or go to school. Thank you. Sincerely, H.E.S.
"Dear Heifer International, Please accept the enclosed donation for the purchase of six flocks of chickens. This is the fifth year in a row that the students of Messiah Lutheran Church and School's Vacation Bible School have donated money to Heifer as their "Caring and Sharing" mission project. This year from July 15 - 19, 37 students and 31 volunteer staff exceeded their goal of three flocks of chickens! This was the most successful VBS mission project to date! Everyone was very excited about this accomplishment! We are a small, older congregation and the VBS program is an important part of our ministry. Heifer's goals of ending hunger by providing animals to families in need of better nutrition and added income fits well with our "Caring and Sharing" project. Many of our students return year after year and some have become volunteer staff as they got older. They are all familiar with Heifer and look forward to seeing which animal will be selected each year. We anticipate many more years of joining with Heifer International and introducing many new students to the Heifer program. Sincerely, Mike & Nancy Keeton"
"In March (of 2014), the elementary Art Department at Hilton Central Schools hosted an Empty Bowls fundraiser to raise money for the fight against hunger. Students in 3rd through 6th grades each made a handcrafted bowl in art class to donate to the cause. On March 5th, we hosted a simple meal of soup and bread and sold the bowls for $5 each. In total, we raised $2,135.25, which we are donating to The Bridge of Rochester, The Hilton Cadet Cupboard and Heifer International. With many thanks for your service and all you do for this cause, The Hilton Elementary Art Department (Ariana D'Angelo, Samantha Powley, Laurie Steele-Sperber, Jan Dentino and Emilie Sears) and our 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students!"
As part of the Environmental Charter School’s (ECS in Pittsburgh, PA) ongoing goal to make a positive difference in our community, we decided to extend that goal to the global community and launched the “Read to Feed” initiative. Kindergarten to third grade students were sponsored for each minute that they read totaling an hour. The end of the four week fundraiser coincided with the Read Across America day on March 2nd. On that day, the donations were counted and our students read for one hour during the day. Our fundraising goal for ECS was $500. We doubled our goal and raised $1,000. Way to go ECS! - Shannon Shupak
“All you have to do is give your change to make a change in the world.” Perla, business letter excerpt Every year, the freshman class at Los Angeles High School of the Arts (LAHSA) raises money to support Heifer International through a semester-long project called “Change for Change.” LAHSA is a theater arts-focused school that uses project-based learning to integrate the arts and academics and give students real-world experiences.
This shirt is a fundraiser for Phi Sigma Pi - Gamma Sigma at Missouri State University. All the money raised will go to Heifer International to buy an animal for one of Heifer's project participants. Giving an animal is like giving someone a small business, providing wool, milk, eggs and more. Animal donations can provide families a hand up, increasing access to medicine, school, food and a sustainable livelihood. Depending on how much money is raised we can buy a pig, goat, cow, chickens, ducks or even a water buffalo!! Please help us raise as much money as possible by buying this awesome Pi Day Shirt!! Please visit the following link to purchase a shirt: http://teespring.com/pi-day-shirt-profits-go-to-he.
A few weeks ago, Heifer International heard from Anne Nixon-Ellery with St. Charles Borromeo church. She briefly described an upcoming event that her church was hosting with a link to the focus of their Heifer International fundraiser. "Hello! We are having A Living Gift Market on March 4th to raise money for this amazing charity. I have also designed a tee shirt; all profits will go to Heifer. It's available for a few more days: http://teespring.com/heifer-fundraiser." Needless to say, we had to learn more. I reached out to Anne and she shared the following with me:
Last fall over 30 at-risk teens in the Courage to Change program in Denton, TX, raised over $800 for Heifer International’s Read to Feed Campaign. They learned that they can make a difference and bring awareness to world poverty and hunger through reading. They even wrote a rap about it: While we read We can help feed The children in need One book at a time It stays on my mind Every book I’m reading I’m raising a dime… The teens read 276 books and, thanks to their many sponsors and donors, they were able to raise $824. The residents then worked together to decide what they wanted to “buy” with their money. A good discussion took place as they decided how to use their money. They learned how animals can provide food and income to families in need and decided to buy a share of a heifer, a goat, a sheep, a share of a pig, and 4 flocks of chicks. They purchased tree seedlings which help improve the soil and provide animal food, fencing and firewood. They decided to get an irrigation pump to provide easy access to water for a community. And lastly, they decided to send a girl to school to give money for training and animals to a family so that the family can earn income needed to pay for their daughter’s school fees. The residents realize that everyone does not have the same education opportunities that they have and many felt strongly about helping a girl be able to go to school. Thanks to Heifer International and Read to Feed, the teens learned valuable lessons about how they can make a difference in the world.
Dear Heifer, My name is Nashira. I am the teacher of a 3rd/4th grade homeschool group. In one group we have four children over 5-years old and four children under 5. We have been doing the Read to Feed program and it is AMAZING! It was so inspiring to see how eager the children were to help others. The children have really connected with the ideas of community and global community. Thank you so much for sharing this program with us. They loved Beatrice's Goat! We also watched videos from the website. Thanks again for this wonderful opportunity to help the children connect with their global community.
"The young ladies in my 4th and 5th grade Sunday School class raised this money as a Fall project at Charity UMC. We did a modified Read to Feed program using the book Once There Was and Was Not. The girls hosted a lasagna dinner on November 12th and distributed Arks to the adult Sunday school classes. The girls were very enthusiastic about the project and got the church behind them. They did presentations on Sunday morning and to the adult classes. Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place."
After several months, the 4th - 6th grade Franklin Christian Church Sunday School class reached their fundraising goal! Along with their donation, they sent Heifer International the featured letters thanking Heifer for the work we do. We so impressed by your dedication, Franklin Christian Church, so we thank you for the hard work and dedication to Heifer's mission!
The Save the World Club began with one goal in mind: make an impact on our big world one small fundraiser at a time. This year we selected a goal of $500 for Heifer International. We chose the Auburn City Christmas parade as our location for a baked goods and craft sale. Each of our four members had made ornaments, paintings, bath salts, and lots of cookies. In only three hours of selling our products we surpassed our goal and made a grand total of $600! We were so excited to be able to make a difference in a third world country in a very real and tangible way. We also feel like our fundraiser helped raise local awareness of the basic and often unmet needs of daily life in rural communities of our international neighbors. Thank you Heifer International & our local Auburn neighbors for making this contribution possible!
The children at First Universalist Parish in Chester, VT are currently offering an alternative to traditional, wrapped gifts during this holiday season. They held a “Heifer Market” to support Heifer International on Sunday, November 23 and raised over $700! Shares of livestock were available as a gift to a loved one through Heifer International as well as an array of interesting foods to sample, music and special ornaments made by the children. For those participating in the Heifer Market, they were able to purchase a flock of chicks, ducks or geese. The children holding the fundraiser also accepted donations of “shares” of bees, rabbits, goats, sheep or water buffalo. A special ornament, made by the children in gratitude for their congregants' support of this remarkable program, were available to anyone participating in “Passing On The Gift." Cards were be available for every donation of $10 or more that were made so donors could let their recipients know about the gift that was given. This fundraiser will continue until Sunday, December 14th. From everyone at Heifer International, we want to thank the children of First Universalist Parish for the hard work and creative fundraising on behalf of Heifer's mission!
On Sunday, November 16, the Sunday school children (preschool through 5th grade) of First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, Illinois, held the church’s second annual Living Gift Market to benefit Heifer International.
Red Bluff is a small town located in the Sacramento Valley of Northern California. Our town is surrounded by nut orchards and prune orchards, and most folks grow a big garden and have a few fruit trees in their own yard – growing everything from lemons to pomegranates to persimmons. Most of us have enough to share, and at The Presbyterian Church of Red Bluff we wanted to share our surplus in a way that would benefit Heifer International.
The Heifer International Sacramento Volunteers held a community celebration for Heifer's 70th Anniversary. The event featured chicks to hold, activities to engage and speakers to inspire. Bill Beck (pictured), one of the original Heifer seagoing cowboys, and Rosa Rodriguez, Heifer Ecuador Country Director, were featured speakers at the event. Everyone enjoyed the chance to reconnect and gain renewed dedication to support Heifer's work.
Along with the attached photos, please find a simple, yet powerful, story of how even the youngest Heifer International supporters can make a big difference! "Dear Heifer International, On behalf of the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in LeMars, Iowa, I am writing with thanks for your wonderful organization! We had the privilege of using your cause and organization for our children's annual vacation bible school missions project. The students loved learning about all the ways you help families and communities. Our attendees raised over $500.00 to donate, and with the help of our church's Mission Commission, we recently donated in the amount of $630.00 to you!"
Serenades by Sonata Memory Care Assisted Living Residents, under the guidance of Team Elliott Education, a company which provides intellectual opportunities for seniors, have created a way for residents to continue their lifelong spirit of giving. Through extensive animal studies, integrated with creative design sessions, Serenades’ residents gained knowledge and appreciation for what animals can do for people living in poverty stricken areas. Serenades’ residents expressed their compassion for people throughout the world by selecting a variety of animals to support the efforts of Heifer International. With money raised through art sales along with a generous contribution by Team Elliott Education, Serenades residents purchased much needed livestock, which provides the gift of self-sufficiency, to those less fortunate than themselves.