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.
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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, Thank you for all you do. It is amazing how your charity helps so many people in the world. I always send my tzadaka to you. Sincerely, Jasmyn
"My 9-year old daughter, Anabeth, was inspired by a story she read in school where a young girl's family received a goat. That family sold the goat's milk and it allowed the young girl to attend school. After reading the story, Anabeth came home and found Heifer International. She browsed through the pages until she decided that she wanted to raise $500 on her own to buy a heifer. She took all of her birthday money, scrounged up all the change in the house, called family and friends, asked church members and even spent a Sunday selling lemonade and tea to raise the $500 she needed in less than two weeks! Donations came pouring in when people heard about what she was doing. Today, we were able to purchase the heifer for her. We are so proud of her and the impact she has made on our community." After checking in with Anabeth's mom, she replied with an incredible update on Friday, March 20, 2015! "Also, since I emailed, I wanted to let you know that she has officially earned an excess of $150 above her goal! Now that she has purchased her heifer, she is going to purchase a goat and some chicks after school today. She is very excited. She has also inspired at least three other kids in her class who are saving for water buffaloes and heifers as we speak."
Dear Heifer International, We are a class at a school in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Every month we sell coffee and cookies at a cafe we have named the Wildcat Cafe. We use the money we make to go on field trips, buy things for our classroom and for special projects. This month we decided to donate part of the money we made to your organization. Our class voted and decided to buy a hive of honeybees for someone in need. We are happy to see the money we earned put to good use. Sincerely, Ms. Steinke, Ms. Rodeman, Mrs. Welch, Mrs. Surtees, Ellen, Melissa, Desmon, Brendan, Brandon and Abbe
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. I've included a picture of three of our students with our learning fair display. Thank you for your assistance with our project! Sincerely, Mary Smith
In June of 2014, Heifer International received the featured letters from a classroom of second graders in California. Along with these letters was a very generous donation towards a Flock of Hope, raised at their school's annual Spring Fling. Their letters read...
Noah's note reads: "To you from me. Hi, I am Noah. I helped raise money for your goat. I hope you enjoy goat's milk. I live far away from you in a place called West Chester in a state called Ohio in a country called the U.S.A. I hope this goat brings you lots of joy. Your U.S.A. friend: Noah"
"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"
My daughter had a fundraiser birthday party. Thirteen children were in attendance and many donated cash and checks toward her goal (to donate the gift of education to a girl). We were very excited to see how many people supported this cause and donated. Thank you for the opportunity to support such a good cause and to help me teach my children to give with their whole heart. - Elaine Eggert PS: It rained that night so we ended up having it indoors. We still had a blast!
The GFWC Morris Golden Star Juniorette Club is a group of sixth grade girls who joined the General Federation of Women's Clubs in the Fall of 2013. They are the first juniorette club in Minnesota. They chose Heifer International as their main project for 2015 and got busy making money. They were excited about being able to choose the animals they wanted with the money they raised. The projects they worked on to earn money were: a rummage sale, collection cans in local businesses, helping at the Lions Club bingo booth at the county fair, a L'BRI show and a Tastefully Simple show. They sent a $600.00 check to Heifer International along with the list of the animals they wanted to purchase. They worked hard and had a lot of fun learning that they can actually help someone less fortunate.
“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.
Dear Mr. Ferrari, I got your letter and I am so happy that I helped. I want to do more and help others, but not keeping things to myself. I am sending $20 from someone I love for you to use where it is needed most. I am also sending a small toy for a boy and girl so that family can have food and something to play with. I am so happy you are serving people in need. Sincerely, Ciana
The chickens her grandmother received made it possible for her to care for Gladys and her 11 cousins who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
When we asked Charlie what he would most want if he had very little and was hungry, he said milk. He'd been working hard to save enough to help a family by donating a goat. He did it! We are so proud of him... Maybe next we'll work on saving enough for a cow. Thank you Heifer International for being a means through which we can help our (distant) cousins.
Each child in Dimitri's kindergarten class at Dailey Elementary was asked to come up with a project that would help promote peace in the world or local community. For his peace project, Dimitri chose to purchase farm animals through Heifer International to be given to a family in need to help them have a healthy lifestyle.
“We spent time on a bake sale to raise money for Heifer (International). We did it in fourth grade and saved the money. We acted now instead of never.” – Anne-Sophie
I began making monthly contributions to Heifer about a year ago. It was very important to me that I do something to help. My time is limited and with Heifer being in another area, financial contributions made the most sense. I wanted to be able to contribute more, so I decided to think of a way to fund raise. The answer was right under my nose. I'm a wedding photographer, so I decided that using my talent to raise money was the best use of my skills. I set up a day of family mini sessions for Christmas photos and I have an overwhelming response immediately. People were thrilled to be a part of something that would make a contribution to a great organization and also meet a need of theirs at the same time. I set the pricing for the mini session day lower than my usual rate to provide a good incentive for people to book and pledged to donate half of each session fee. We were able to raise $675 for Heifer! I plan to continue this every year!
(My event,) The Mahrathon, sort of began as a bit of a joke among internet DJs. I used to play pretty long sets, and someone was bragging about having played six hours. Someone else suggested I play a whole day, and I said I could only do something like that if it was for charity. A couple of days later, someone mentioned Heifer International in an unrelated conversation, and I started to think about it as a serious thing.
Laila, a 10-year old Heifer International supporter, inspired one of her family members to donate. When they placed their donation, they sent Laila one of Heifer's kid-friendly honor cards. As shown, Laila followed Heifer's instructions perfectly, sending us the illustration of what Heifer means to her. We greatly appreciate the support you have given to Heifer, Laila! Your creativity is inspiring.
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.
Kim, Chairperson of the Social Ministry Committee at Trinity Lutheran Church in Monticello, MN, wrote Heifer International a beautiful letter about her congregation's most recent fundraising effort.
My name is Rogan, I am 16-years old and I have been a beekeeper for nearly four years now. My sister, Sage, and I started beekeeping after being awarded a very generous youth scholarship from the Kansas Honey Producers Association...
The First Congregational Church of Marion, long time Heifer International supporters, created a unique fundraiser.
There are a lot of ways to learn about math and geography using textbooks and maps, but the students at Forest Heights Middle School wanted to do something a little different. Christine Mignot, a teacher at the school, wanted the students to not just learn about pie charts and graphs, but life outside Little Rock, Ark. And what better place in our great state to learn about life outside of it than Heifer International.
On the final day of 2013, members of the Improving Livelihoods in the Poorest District of Soc Trang Province project’s self-help group #1 warmly welcomed the Gluckman family to Phu Tam commune, Chau Thanh district. The married couple and their two children were vacationing in Vietnam and wanted to visit a Heifer project. They have been donating to Heifer International for 20 years.