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.
I met Kendra with Heifer International at a literacy conference, and I was immediately intrigued with the idea of having my students read for a good cause. My fourth graders are passionate, and they felt empowered through the lessons, books, and videos from the Read to Feed program. During the weeks we participated in Read to Feed, my students were encouraging each other to read more. They were coming in early to read quietly. They were begging for reading time during the day. They left with extra books in case they ran out at home. I was no longer asking students to read; they were now in charge... Please click the title of the story to read more!
Meet an amazing group of Colchester kindergartners who set out to buy a goat as an act of kindness.
"There is an old saying my parents taught me and that is: give a man a fish and he can eat for a day, but teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime. Heifer international uses that saying as a guideline. Where many charities give struggling people food, or money, or shelter, Heifer gives the means for a steady supply of all of those." ... Please click the link to read the rest of Miles' speech.
This February, sixty-one kindergarten and first graders at The Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, are proud to have raised enough money to donate fifty flocks of chicks to Heifer International! As part of a study of Lunar New Year, the students created special clay rooster tiles in honor of 2017 - Year of the Rooster.
Submitted Anonymously | Florence, MA
Submitted by Alessandra R | Age 6 | San Francisco, CA
Members of the Duluth Chapter of AGCO’s Global Women’s Network (AGWN) recently visited the Heifer International Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas March 10-12, 2017 and participated in the annual Lambing Weekend. During the spring lambing season, women from across the country visit Heifer Ranch to watch a lamb take its first steps and reflect on the new beginnings that Heifer International brings to millions of families worldwide. Participants attended sessions on sustainable agriculture and livestock practices while performing daily farm chores, such as caring for the farm animals and gardens. These activities help participants understand and appreciate the lives of those helped by Heifer... Please click the title to read the rest of the story!
"Every two years in Charlotte, North Carolina, Providence Day School's Lower School students, Grades TK thru 5th Grades, come together to work on a Heifer Project. As a former faculty member and Southeastern Heifer Volunteer, I adapted the "Chores for Change" Project to age-appropriate activities for our Lower School students. A voluntary group of Fifth Graders take a leadership role by working with me to develop programs to present to their chosen grade level to kick off our Heifer Project and to plan an all-Lower School Closing Program at the end of the Project.... This year's project only lasted 3 1/2 weeks due to other scheduling conflicts, but I am proud to say our children rose to the meet the needs of others around the world by raising $10,300.00."
Submitted by Jaxson D | Centerville, OH
Submitted by Jacey M | 3rd Grade | Jersey City, NJ
As a children's choir director, I am always looking for ways to incorporate hymns into the curriculum. Using hymns as a fundraiser for Heifer International seemed a perfect match. Eighteen members of the Kingdom Chorale, the 2nd - 5th grade children's choir from Bartlett United Methodist Church in Bartlett, TN participated in a fundraiser we called Hymns for Heifer and raised over $2500. Please click the title to read the story!
Hello, my name is Caroline and I'm 14 years old. I am very busy studying ballet, but I have alway loved art. Since I was a little kid, I've always spent my time creating, doodling, or painting everything I saw. Now, I continue my passion to draw through a new small business I've begun. I draw portraits of friends, family, really anyone's pets. It gives me such joy, it doesn't even feel like work! The clients are very generous and compensate me for my work. Now, I have my own hard earned money to buy more than new clothes, but to spend buying animals at Heifer. I love being able to do what I love while also supporting my favorite charity. Someday when I am older, I would love to travel around the world with Heifer. Heifer means so much to me, and I want to thank them for continuing to do such important work!
Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tennessee recently welcomed author John Claude Bemis to our school. He discussed his picture book "Flora and the Runaway Rooster" that he authored to support Heifer International. Lower School students were so inspired by his visit, they set out to raise $500 to supply a heifer to a family in need. True to the BGA way, students did chores and collected change to provide and raised over $800 in the process! The students of BGA were able to purchase 9 animals to help support the mission of Heifer International.
Students at Florence Mattison Elementary School raised $650 for Heifer International during the school’s Caps for Coins project this month. Principal Stacy DeFoor said the student council spearheaded the one-day fundraising event that allowed students who brought in loose change to wear hats. Please click the title of the story to read more!
Submitted by Isabelle T | Age 8 | Foxboro, MA
Sacred Heart School Assistant Principal Holly Wilson pours slime over Principal Gary Manning at an assembly Thursday morning in the school’s gymnasium. For the second year in a row, Wilson won the “Penny War” for the school’s Christmas Service Project donated to Heifer International. When Manning lost last year, he had to kiss a goat. Please click the title of the story to read more!
Submitted by Chloe J | Greenville, SC
Submitted by Ms. Armstrong's Class | Garfield Elementary | Lewistown, MT
Our 7 year old wanted to buy a water buffalo as part of her Christmas gift. We offered to match her 50% and she worked hard taking care of neighbor's dogs, extra chores around the house, and saving any money she received as a gift for several months leading up to Christmas. She met her goal!