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To ChildFund Volunteers: Thank You!

By Jennifer Hughes, Volunteer Program Senior Specialist

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” — Aesop, “The Lion and the Mouse”

Thompson Square volunteers

ChildFund volunteers at a Thompson Square concert in California.

We’re in the midst of National Volunteer Week (April 6-12), a time to honor people who graciously give of their time, skills and energy. We at ChildFund feel lucky to have volunteers who appreciate the joy that comes from contributing their time to children in need.

Volunteering with ChildFund is not a new concept, but today we have more opportunities than ever before to volunteer. One way is through our LIVE! Artists series, which offers people the chance to talk to concert attendees about sponsoring children, often drawing on their own experiences. The 2013 Donny & Marie Osmond Christmas Tour drew in more than 1,000 volunteers across the United States, who shared stories about sponsorship and even found sponsors for children in countries where ChildFund serves.

“It meant a lot to me to be able to volunteer for ChildFund at an event! I actually helped to get children sponsored,” said Tiffany of Greensboro, N.C.  

Another avenue for volunteering is to “Paint Your Town ChildFund Green.” Have you tried it? It doesn’t take any real painting: just the willingness to put up posters in your town, creating awareness of how ChildFund helps children. Volunteers have posted more than 300 signs all over the U.S. If you’d like to participate, email me.

If you walk into our International Office in Richmond, Va., you might run into one of our volunteers. You will easily recognize them, because they are always smiling and lending a helpful hand. Having volunteers working in the office (who write thank-you notes and call new donors, among other duties) has been fun; they get to see the entire organization from the ground up, and we get to know them as well.

“As a volunteer with ChildFund International, I am intrinsically rewarded beyond my expectations,” said Patricia, a retired educator and volunteer in our International Office. “I feel fulfilled when I leave, having contributed in a unique way to the children that ChildFund serves. It has enhanced the rewarding feeling that I have as a sponsor. Providing for children is a global challenge, and I am amazed at all of the initiatives of ChildFund and pleased to be a part of this major altruistic endeavor.”

If you would like information about volunteering with ChildFund, please contact me at Jhughes@childfund.org, or if you are in the Richmond area, please give us a call at (804) 756-2772.

Become a ChildFund Humanitarian and Help Connect New Sponsors

By Kate Andrews, ChildFund Staff Writer

As we look forward to the next 75 years of assisting children who live in extreme poverty, we’re pleased to announce a new way for you to increase your involvement with ChildFund: through a nationwide volunteer network.

The ChildFund Action Network (CAN) offers an exciting opportunity to be part of a group of sponsors and supporters (Child­Fund Humani­tarians) who are passionate about help­ing children. Friends telling friends is one of the best ways to give voice to the ChildFund mission of helping children break free from the generational cycle of poverty and lead healthy, productive lives.

ChildFund reaches 17.8 million people in 30 countries, yet there are thousands of children enrolled in our programs who are awaiting sponsors — those special people who write and send love across the miles.

Our ChildFund Humanitarians will reach out to their network of friends, family and co-workers to help find new sponsors for children who are waiting for someone to say, “Yes!”

ChildFund Action Network

Volunteers Mark and Kerri Crampton work at a 2013 Thompson Square concert in Mountain View, Calif.

You’ll be able to personally share what it means to be a sponsor. When prospective sponsors see pictures and letters from your sponsored child or hear the reasons you support ChildFund, they’ll be reassured by this firsthand evidence of the change that sponsorship makes in children’s lives.

As a member of the network, you’ll seek out opportunities to share ChildFund’s mis­sion in your community at local concerts, fairs, club meet­ings, events at your house of worship, conferences and more. When you join the ChildFund Action Network, you’ll receive a tool kit with additional back­ground on ChildFund and tips on how to be an effective ChildFund representative. We’ll support you every step of the way, provid­ing child packets that will allow the people you interact with to immediately sign up as sponsors.

To learn more about the ChildFund Action Network, contact our Sponsor Care center at 1-800-776-6767, or by email.

We look forward to working with you to grow our national ChildFund Action Network. We CAN do it!

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