Good things come in threes…have you noticed that? These Three Cards help us raise funds for the Angel of Mercy Home for Children. Please buy some for gifts or just to keep on hand for next year. We have Christmas Cards, but thank you cards and note cards are available. Order online by selecting T Shirt or other items in the drop down menu. We’ll contact you for mailing instructions.

Also, this past month has been amazing as I’ve been contacted by three talented, passionate individuals who want to use their talents to help us help them.

Please welcome our new staff associates: Callie Unruh, Development Associate, Jen Bakken, Publicity Associate and Judy Wolters, Administrative Associate. Each have committed to help us build and grow in 2012.  Each brings a heart for fund raising and a desire to help orphans.  

Callie Unruh: Finding Callie is a story in itself. Since our budget for 2012 calls for lots of fund raising events, I knew I’d needed help. So, after much whining and prayer, I searched online for help writing a job description for volunteer fund development officer. The first site that came up was http://www.Idealist.org and it appears that Callie used those same key words to seek for a volunteer fund development opportunity! Even better, she lives in Tempe Az. We exchanged emails, met over lunch and now she’s agreed to serve as our Development Associate. She’ll be my right arm in Arizona, alongside our other volunteers. We met with Danielle and Magda our medical volunteers to Cameroon to plot strategy for an upcoming fund raiser.  Callie has a BS Journalism and Biblical Theology from Multnomah University | Portland, OR. She’s starting her Masters in January in Non Profit Management focusing on International Development. Callie intends to incorporate her Journalism degree writing and communicating through email marketing, online communications, public relations and corporate writing. She will work on a quarterly donor newsletter and help prioritize our database.

 The same week, I received an email from our website from Jennifer Bakken. Jen lives in Buffalo MN and found us after searching for an organization that serves orphans in Minnesota. Jen currently works as a preschool teacher, in Minnesota, and is working on her bachelor’s in communications with an emphasis on fundraising and volunteer management.  Having worked in journalism, story telling is her passion and she has won two Minnesota Newspaper Association Awards. After volunteering in an orphanage in Mexico, a passion to personally volunteer in orphanages around the world… was ignited. Now she wants to help as many children as possible. She has agreed to serve as our Publicity Director and is already working on our media kit…(her idea!). She will be writing the stories of our partners projects and the orphans in hopes of getting more publicity nationally.   

Judy Wolter found us on Volunteermatch.com. while seeking a place to make a difference. Judy has been a stay at home Mom for many years, prior to that she worked as a group home manager. She brings many creative ideas to help get families and civic groups involved in our efforts. Judy is currently taking online courses in nonprofit management and is hoping to further her knowledge while helping such an extremely worthwhile cause.

We Are Building Safe Shelter So Orphans Can Have A Place To Call Home!

 With that said, I have a post-it note that reads: “I am so far behind, I think I am first.”  But, we just keep moving forward, step by step. We still hope to break ground in Cameroon by year end and have Phase One  built and children moved in by next year to receive the daily care they so need.

There is much to do.

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