CATEGORY: EVENTS

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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Special Offering Raises Money and Support

During the months of February and March the Sunday School classrooms at Sunnyside Baptist Church in Wichita, KS devoted a special offering to Heifer International. Debbie Haynes, Sunday School Superintendent, shared, "We take a Sunday school offering in each class every Sunday. Those funds are to help offset the cost of our Sunday school supplies." While they continued to take their regular Sunday school offering during this time, they wanted to take some time to bless others, "to help in some way to meet their needs." Debbie decorated a bulletin board with pictures from the Heifer International website and added the cost of each gift (similar to the flyer featured). Each class set a fundraising goal that they considered to be a challenge, but found that those goals were easy to surpass! To the 60 Sunday school students, Heifer International would like to thank you for the generous gift! Your $786.27 gift will do more than just help a community, it will be passed on for generations to come!

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Millburn Middle School's Global Peer Leader Outreach Program

Nepal

Millburn Middle School from New Jersey through the PLOP Global Peer Leader Outreach Program organized an urgent fundraiser to respond to the needs of the Nepalese families who recently suffered two major earthquakes. Knowing the impact of their efforts and contributions, the students and staff wanted to become part of the solution to the countless problems derived from this natural disaster and raised a total of $1,298.72. The contribution was sent to the Heifer International headquarters who directed the money to Heifer International's Disaster Rehabilitation Fund for Nepal. The MMS/PLOP Global and their advisor, María Deraville, hope their contributions will alleviate to some degree the problems of the Nepalese families. Update: María notified Heifer International that their total actually amounted to $1,358.72!

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First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton is Raising Funds for Heifer Nepal

Nepal

First Presbyterian is raising funds for the Heifer Nepal project participants affected by the recent earthquakes. We hope these eye-catching posters help them reach their goal! First Presbyterian can be reached at www.fpceh.org.

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Five Students Exceed Expectations

When Nicole Feinour received Heifer International's Read to Feed promotional material in the mail, she had no idea just how well her students would take to the idea. Teaching a class of only five students in the 3rd and 4th grades, Nicole decided they were capable and motivated enough to reach the lofty $995 goal she set. In order to reach their goal, she charged each student's sponsor (family members and friends) a flat rate for either time spent reading or per book, depending on what the sponsor preferred. Dedicating a half hour to 45 minutes per day to reading for Heifer International, the students were able to surpass their $995 goal by April, raising an impressive total of $1,100! This amounted to about 150 books read between her five students in four months! "We did this project as part of our missions class and we are very excited about helping others in need," Nicole wrote in the letter she sent in with their donation. To Cheyenne, McKenna, Genevieve, Andrea and Rachael, the students of Miss Feinour's classroom, we thank you for the hard work and dedication you put into this fundraiser! We are so grateful to have you on our side fighting hunger and poverty.

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Helping Families like Beatrice's

The Modern Media class at Towson University, located in Maryland, is made of up international students from around the world who are studying English as a Second Language. These students read an article about Beatrice Biira and were very inspired by Beatrice’s story. Beatrice was a young girl in Uganda whose life was radically changed when Heifer International donated a goat to her poor family...

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Girl Scouts Make the World a Better Place

As an international organization, the origin of the donations we receive shouldn't surprise us but they frequently do! When we received a $120 check from a Girl Scout Daisy Troop located in Germany, it made the world seem a little smaller. Not only that, but the hard work and dedication the troop put into fundraising was incredibly inspiring...

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Abbey's Animals at Grace UMC

Abbey's Animals is the name of our Heifer International Mission Project at Grace United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. Named after one of our youngest members, Abbey goes around with the feed bucket and collects spare change every week. At the end of the year, we let her choose from a list how to spend our money. At the end of 2014 we raised $425, which Abbey chose to purchase one goat, a share of a sheep, a flock of chicks, and to send a girl to school. We can't wait to see what our small but mighty church will do this year!!!

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St. Bridget Students Send a Girl to School

I am the first grade teacher at St. Bridget School in Manchester, CT. I am writing you this letter because this enclosed gift of $368 is very special. It is a gift from the children in grades 1 and 8 in our school...

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The Green Team Coalition at Brookhaven College Supports Heifer

Carrie Schweitzer, Director of Sustainability, at Brookhaven College in Dallas, TX sent Heifer International a letter, updating us about a recent fundraiser conducted by the college's Green Team Coalition. She shared the following with us...

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Cinco de Mayo Celebration to Benefit Heifer

Mexico

In celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year we chose to support Heifer International for our inaugural monthly dinner event at The Rose Room in Venice, CA, just steps away from the beach. While we get to enjoy the privilege of having such a dinner, we wanted to recognize the country of Mexico and also give back to those that do not have swift or easy access to food/water/opportunities.

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Center School Students Reach Their Goal

Center Elementary School reached an incredible fundraising goal of $10,000, or 219,851 minutes of reading, benefiting Heifer International as part of our Read to Feed program! Principal Donna Hutton bravely, and as promised, kissed a lizard in front of the entire school to commemorate their accomplishment. You can read more about their accomplishment at the following link: http://www.masslive.com/living/index.ssf/2015/04/longmeadow_principal_kisses_lizard_after_students_exceed_reading_goals.html. Congratulations to Center Elementary School's incredible students!

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Read to Feed Inspires Massachusetts Students

...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.

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The Ariyot Class Asks for Help

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...

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Power of 1 Project

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...

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Burroughs Community School Participates in Chores for Change

We are first graders from Minneapolis, MN. This is the fourth year we have raised money for Heifer Project through "Chores for Change." We raised $500 during the month of February...

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The Acacia Classroom Holds a Bake Sale

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...

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Three Little Pigs

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!

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Christmas in July

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."

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Annual Heifer Festival in Ohio Raises over $75,000

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...

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An Anonymous 4th Grader Shares Their Enthusiasm for Heifer

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.

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Messiah Lutheran's Caring and Sharing Project

"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"

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The Empty Bowls Fundraiser

"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!"

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The Environmental Charter School Makes a Positive Difference

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

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LAHSA's Change for Change

“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.

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Phi Sigma Pi - Gamma Sigma Supports Heifer on Pi Day

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.