CORNERSTONE: SHARING AND CARING
HOW IT WORKS:
Cooperation and friendship are key components of all Heifer projects. Recipients of animals and trainings are expected to share what they learn with their neighbors. It's not uncommon for Heifer project recipients to share their animals' bounty, too. Families who receive draft animals often help till neighbors' fields, and people with chickens often share eggs.
Most of us have lots to share. Making a donation is an easy thing to do. Volunteering your time to help a nonprofit organization is great, too. But there are smaller ways to share and care that are also meaningful. Taking a meal to an elderly neighbor, offering an afternoon of babysitting to a tired parent or even just picking up litter so the park is nicer for everyone else are excellent ways to show you care.
See where Heifer is working around the world to end hunger.
Becoming a bar or bat mitzvah is significant, and Heifer International wants to be a part of your celebration. Join us at the Mitzvah Project Fair in Tarrytown, NY, on Sunday, November 22 or check out www.heifer.org/faith for A Guide for Choosing Heifer International as Your Mitzvah Project.
First published on his personal blog, David, a young Heifer supporter, wrote about his experience at Heifer Farm in Rutland, MA for a school field trip. Click the title of this story to read his story!
June 19, 2015 Dear Friends at Heifer International, Enclosed is a donation of $240.00 for 2 pigs! For the fourteenth year we have asked our students and staff to read 200,000 minutes for our "Read to Feed" program. Upon reaching this goal, our PTA donated the funds for the pig purchase. Our students again surpassed this goal by reading 251,894 minutes. We are very proud of them. In the photo is the wall where we tracked our progress. Sincerely yours, Joan Mommsen & Gail Leslie Belle Aire School LRC
Dear Heifer International, Our class earned $120, enough to buy a goat for a family in need! We earned this money by being respectful listeners, good participators, cooperative classmates and by donating money we earned at home. We hope that our gift will bring "light" to the family who receives a goat and that they will bring their "light" to other families. Collin, Conner, Brandon, Adrian, Anthony, Charley, Elizabeth, Gianna, Matt, Jordan, Tammy, Alex, Madison and Judy Michalek (teacher)
Our club spent the whole year raising money for Heifer. We raised money through many activities, including: hosting a tailgate at a University of Missouri football game, collecting spare change at our school, organizing a Read-to-Feed partnership with a local elementary school. Click the title of this story to learn more!
Heifer receives thank you mail from our donors all the time. In this particular instance, we wanted to thank the students that attend University Presbyterian Church for their very generous donation!
We are a Sunday School class of elementary kids at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Springfield, MO. We recently (finally!) saved $60 for rabbits. Enclosed is a photo of us and another of Carter demonstrating how we deposit our coins. Our bank has a lid that adds the total amount in the bank. We love to see those dollars and cents add up, so it inspires us to bring money as depositing it is fun. We also feel good about helping the cause. We are now saving for a flock of chicks. That should be easier--a third of $60! Sincerely, Janet Trotter, teacher
A very creative donor sent her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren a ballot of possible animal donations for them to vote on. Click on the title of this story to read more!
Dear Heifer International, We are a small school of approximately 220 students in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. We have been learning about the work you do for people who need assistance all over the world. We have been inspired by your work and we wanted to raise money to help in your worthy cause. We read books, created artwork and had an art auction on art night. We know it's not thousands of dollars, but we are proud of what we collected. We know you will put it to good use! Thank you for everything that you do! Love, Mrs. Myers and the students of Sylvan Heights Science Charter School
Dear Heifer International, We really enjoyed using "Animal Crackers" last year to learn about animals and how they help people. We learned that all God has created and was created for a reason and we should do our part to take care of it and help take care of others, too! We raised $783.00 at our Christ's Kids Carnival for Heifer International. We made a poster at the carnival but it was too big to send, so we are sending you a picture of it. Thank you for all you do to teach and provide for others around the world. Peace & Love, Christ's Kids at 1st UMC Crane, TX
We are so excited to send this money to Heifer International. We worked hard all week bringing in change that we earned or took from our piggy banks. We set a goal for 1 goat, but we raised enough for 3 goats! Love, The Kids at New Bremen, Ohio 2014 Vacation Bible School & Kristi Voisard
Dear Heifer International, I have the pleasure of being the representative for 12 families in Oak Park, IL, who participated in a homegrown program we called "Good Deeds for Goats." In November and December 2013 each family created its own strategy for how our children could help to earn money that would go toward a donation to your organization. Some families opted to contribute money each day as they reflected on how each family member made the world a better place. Others used it as a strategy to jumpstart taking responsibility and completing chores. Whatever the approach, each child involved had the opportunitiy to act and reflect in order to benefit families far away from here. We are proud to share our collective contribution of $360. With this donation we would like to give the gift of the following animals to families in need: - 2 Goats - 2 Honeybees - 3 Flocks of chicks Most sincerely, Alison Welch
We are children of Radiant Hearts Baha'i School. We got your catalog in the mail. We want to help many poor families around the world. We did jobs to earn money. We saved $20. We want to buy a flock of chicks for a poor family. Can you please tell us about the family who gets our chickens? What country do they live in? How many kids do they have? How old are they? We are saving money for a goat next.
Once a month, the last Friday of the month is designated as "Casual for a Cause Friday." Our Casual for a Cause in March was for Heifer International. Click on the title of this story to read more!
I went to your main campus for a week with my church during the summer of 2014. I just want to let you know that I had an amazing time there. What you all do is so cool and it made me think of things I have never thought of before. It actually did change my life. Click the title of this story to read more!
We sell mean hot dogs! We sell mean french fries! Epic nachos with cheese, Sour lemonade, And sweet cupcakes! Epic fun time, we like to help others! Word! That's right! Working the register, Cleaning up the tables, Serving happy customers, Fresh food from the market, Lookin' good while doing it! Word! That's right! Help feeding all the animals, Sending pigs to India, Nourishment for families, Educating others, Exceeding our goal! Five-thousand nine-hundred 22 dollars And 66 cents! Word! That's right!
A letter from a young Heifer International supporter, expressing her overwhelming gratitude for our mission of ending hunger and poverty while caring for the earth. Click the title of this story to read more!
Received on December 23, 2014, and in honor of the upcoming holiday season, we thought we would share these adorable and inspiring collages created by some of Heifer International's youngest supporters. If you would like to share your artwork and letters with Heifer International, we would encourage you to either email them to email@example.com or mail them to: Heifer International Attn: Donor Services 1 World Ave Little Rock, AR 72202 We look forward to the mail we'll be receiving from you during the 2014-15 holiday season!
Dear Heifer International, I'm happy to enclose a check for $200 raised by our first grade students through a cookie sale and family donations! Our students were very enthusiastic in the roles they played to help purchase animals for needy families.Their awareness of the needs of others was heightened and the realization that children can make a difference in our big world was made clear. Thank you for your assistance with our project! Sincerely, Mary Smith, First Grade Teacher