$300 Plus and Counting!

18 May

In the first week of fundraising for the crèche (daycare center) in my village, we’ve already surpassed $300! Hooray! If you are one of these early contributors, consider this the first of many thanks from me and my South African community. Vikelani Abantwana Crèche is that much closer to becoming a reality because of you.

For everyone else still planning to make their tax-deductible donation, you can do so now by visiting my project page on Peace Corps’ website.

Does your employer offer matching gifts for your charitable donations? If you’re not sure, ask your human resources department. I’ve taken advantage of the matching gifts program at my previous employer, and it was always a great feeling to know they were matching my contributions to charities dollar for dollar. Just follow these simple instructions to make your donation dollars go further:

Want to contribute by check? I know if you are reading this, an online donation by credit card is probably fine for you. In the event it is not, please make the check payable to “Peace Corps” and be sure to include the project number – 14-674-009 – in the memo line, and allow at least four weeks for processing. Checks should be mailed to:

Peace Corps – Office of Gifts and Grants Management
1111 20th Street NW
Washington DC 20526

Friends and family in Ohio and Arizona have been talking with me to get fundraising events scheduled. I hope to have all the important details by this time next week. In the meantime, let me know if you are interested in helping out. So far, for the events in both states there is talk of entertainment, raffles and silent auctions for cool stuff. Plus, I hope both events will give people who don’t get to see each other often enough an opportunity to visit and get caught up. Attending one of these events will mean the world to me, especially if you all can take some photos and videos and send them to me to share with community members here in the village – they’ll love it! (I will, too!) I’m only sad that I can’t be there with you for the fun.

Once these events are scheduled, I will attempt to put a deadline on the fundraising overall. It isn’t my intention to hurry all the fine folks who plan to donate, but as you probably know, my time with Peace Corps South Africa will be finished before the end of 2014. My goal is to make sure we’ve broken ground and started construction before I leave. If necessary, I’ll pass on the duty of providing updates on Vikelani Abantwana Crèche to another Peace Corps Volunteer in the area, so everyone can see exactly what their donation dollars helped to provide.

Stay tuned for further developments and updates on the total money raised. I couldn’t do this without your help and I thank you for your continued support!

1 Comment

Posted by on 18 May 2014 in Community, Fund Raising


One response to “$300 Plus and Counting!

  1. Erik Hendel

    14 August 2014 at 9:33 AM

    I am thrilled to report that all of the money for the Vikelani Abantwana Crèche construction project has been raised! I will update this website with progress on the building and the organization that will operate it in the coming weeks. For now I just want to reiterate how grateful I am for everyone who donated their money, their time and their talents to making this possible, especially friends and family in Youngstown, Ohio and Phoenix, Arizona.



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