I haven't posted to the blog because I am just too busy! Work, side business, working out, kids' school and sports...it's just too much to fit into a day! We are currently planning our summer: beach trips, basketball camp and volunteering! This summer, Dylan and I will be volunteering for a week in an orphanage in the Dominican Republic!
The program is being organized by a non-profit organization called Orphanage Outreach, which has been working with orphanages in the Dominican Republic for fifteen years. The mission of Orphanage Outreach is to provide opportunities to orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged children. Its goals are to help the orphanage provide basic necessities, to provide a quality education, and to help the orphanages become self sufficient.
Each Orphanage Outreach volunteer has two significant roles: to donate important volunteer time while in the Dominican Republic, and to help raise funds necessary to fulfill Orphanage Outreach's mission.
As volunteers, we will be working in an educational learning camp for disadvantaged children. Children attending the camps rotate through learning stations including English, reading, health, art, recreation, and more. Volunteers sometimes work on physical work projects: digging, building, painting, etc., but the focus is on the children.
As fundraisers, we are helping to raise funds to not only cover our program fee, but to also provide the basic necessities at the orphanage: food, water, housing, transportation, supervision, medical and dental care, and more.
Orphanage Outreach is a small organization, is not government funded, and relies on the tax-deductible donations of individuals.
If you are willing to help, please click on the link to my personal fundraising page https://www.orphanage-outreach.org/estrella.php?trip_id=NzE5NQ . You can also make out a check to Orphanage Outreach (a tax-deductible 501-C-3 organization: U.S. federal tax id #58-2197227), and send it to me at my address so that I can forward your check onto Orphanage Outreach.
Dylan and I have already donated $200 toward our own program fee, and we'll be purchasing airline tickets as well. The program fee for the two of us totals $900 and is due in early June. We invite you to become involved in partnering with us in this effort. With your donation, we will be able to make a significant difference in these children's lives.
Whether you are interested in volunteering with our team, sponsoring our trip or just wishing us well, we appreciate your help.
Please visit my fundraising page if you are able to donate any amount.