Category: Get involved

Feb 15 2011

Make an impact for CFCA in 30 seconds

People want to donate to a worthy cause and often rely on a personal referral to help them choose the charity. A great way for CFCA sponsors to provide that personal reference is through something called an ìelevator speech.î

Volunteers Dick and Daffy Shaw

Volunteers Daffy and Dick Shaw present a sponsorship folder to a friend.

An elevator speech is a message you can deliver in the amount of time it normally takes to ride an elevator between floors ñ about 30 seconds.

Itís a way to gather your thoughts about a cause that is important to you and be prepared to respond to those who want to help.

For example, Maine resident Nancy Hill decided to become a CFCA sponsor because of a 30-second conversation with a FedEx delivery person on a routine stop.

The delivery person casually mentioned her sponsorship and invited Nancy to check out CFCA. Nancy did, and soon afterward became a sponsor.

Take a moment to write a sentence or two answering these three questions:

  • What is the problem?
  • How does CFCA help solve this problem?
  • What can the listener do to help?

This is your elevator speech. Hone it by practicing it aloud until it feels natural and comes from your heart.

You can inspire someone to learn more about the benefits of sponsorship just by mentioning that you are a sponsor. And it only takes 30 seconds of your time!

Example: “Poverty isnít just difficult, itís dehumanizing and doesnít give people the chance to live up to their God-given dignity. Being a CFCA sponsor gives me the opportunity to be part of the solution and gives my sponsored child a chance to live up to their true potential. If you want to be part of the solution, please look at the folders I have and sponsor a child, youth or aging person in need.”

Sample of a message to share in an email†or through social media: “Christian Foundation for Children and Aging is an international sponsorship organization that helps families living in poverty in 22 developing countries.

I am a CFCA sponsor and I really like knowing that my monthly contribution of $30 provides basic necessities for my sponsored friend and family while helping them create a better future.

Helping someone through sponsorship costs less than $1 a day, or the cost of a cup of coffee. If you have ever thought about sponsoring someone in need, I encourage†you to take a look at CFCA by visiting their website at†www.hopeforafamily.org and choosing a child to†sponsor online.”

Want to share your elevator speech with us? We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to comment on this post about how you describe CFCA and its work to your friends and family.

Dec 21 2010

Blogs and news articles featuring CFCA

Weíve had a number of great blog posts and news articles featuring us recently. Thanks to all for their support!

  1. The Intermountain Catholic News, from the Diocese of Salt Lake City, wrote a report about†two sponsors traveling to India to meet their sponsored children.
  2. The Kansas Mom blog featured a lovely testimonial about one sponsor’s experience of our Hope for a Family program.
  3. The story about Liberty Sementelli, an 8-year-old who raised $1,500 for a Guatemalan mothers group making chocolate, is getting amazing reception in all her local news outlets! Check out our report.
Dec 16 2010

Fox 4 KC features Matthew giving $375 in birthday money to CFCA

Matthew Garr

There’s a great report from Fox 4 KC about Matthew Garr, 11, from Lenexa, Kan.

He contributed $375 in birthday money to his family’s sponsored child, Magdalena, in Guatemala. Magdalena is also 11 years old.

What you may not know is that Matthew has done this three years in a row!

We have followed the progress of this remarkable young man in two previous blog posts as he donated money to CFCA from his ninth, tenth and now 11th birthdays.

Dec 16 2010

CFCA sponsor to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for charities

Diane Palmer

We wanted to pass on this amazing story from one of our sponsors, Diane Palmer from Wichita, Kan.

She is going to climb the highest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,340 feet), starting Jan. 16, 2011!

Her goal is to raise $15,000 for five charities, including CFCA.

“I chose CFCA because I believe wholeheartedly in what CFCA is doing around the world to provide a ‘heads up’ rather than just a ‘hand out’ to thousands of children and aging people,” Diane writes.

“I also am a very frugal person and like to see that in charities that I donate to. †CFCA does a superb job in using the donations wisely to get the most benefit from every dollar that is contributed. †For CFCA to have an overhead of only 4 percent is applauded in this day of bureaucracies and government boondoggles.”

After climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, she will participate in CFCA’s mission awareness trip to Kenya from Feb. 19 to March 2.

She will get to meet her sponsored friend in Kenya during that time.

“My goal is to continue to sponsor a child or an aged person one at a time as my budget allows,” she writes. “I plan to do a mission awareness trip to Guatemala in 2011 or 2012 to visit the young man I sponsor there. †I can’t think of a better way to say I care about you than go see him in person!!!”

Schools can follow Diane’s adventures during her time in Kenya.†If you know of any students who would be interested in touring Africa virtually with Diane, including a safari in the Serengeti, please visit her blog at http://www.adventurediane.blogspot.com.

Godspeed, Diane, from all of us here at CFCA!

Dec 14 2010

Unique Christmas tree ornaments gain CFCA sponsors

Want to share the good news of CFCA this Christmas season?

CFCA volunteers Stan and Dorothy Hubbard did just that at an alternative gift fair recently. They used a red tablecloth and sign provided by CFCA, but they also went one step further.

After scanning photos of children from the folders we sent them, they made the photo into a matching Christmas tree ornament, which was hung from a tabletop Christmas tree on their table.

Whenever someone signed up for sponsorship, the new sponsor got to take the matching ornament home to hang on their family’s Christmas tree.

CFCA Christmas ornaments

Stan Hubbard operates the gift fair table promoting CFCA.

The children who were sponsored at that fair have just received an awesome gift this Christmas ñ food, clothing and access to education!

Here are Dorothy’s instructions for making your own ornaments featuring your sponsored friend:

1) Purchase inexpensive, clear plastic acrylic ornaments from a local craft store.
2) Remove (carefully) each picture from the respective folder.
3) Duplicate each picture using the “copy” function on a printer (she did 6 pictures to a page).
4) Laminate the pages. (This step may be unnecessary; Dorothy did it to preserve the photo.)
5) Cut out each photo in the shape of a circle.
6) Roll the cut photo into a cylinder shape and insert inside ornament. A bamboo stick can be used to straighten the picture.
7) Tie a red ribbon in a bow and add a small silver bell.

CFCA sponsors, we appreciate your comments! How do you remember your sponsored friends during the Christmas season?

Dec 9 2010

CFCA receives birthday donation from 9-year-old

This precious letter from the daughter of two CFCA sponsors made our day!

Zoe

ìDear workers at the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging,

My name is Zoe. I am donating some money toward this foundation. My family sponsors Ariel, so I thought that it would be nice to collect money for the Christian Foundation.

I have been collecting money or items for different businesses for five years now. I ask for items or money for different businesses at my birthday parties. This year, on my ninth birthday, I asked for money for this business instead of birthday presents.

I collected $80.00, which you will find enclosed in this envelope.

I am glad to be helping people like Ariel. So are Mom and Dad.

Sincerely,
Zoeî

A word from her parents: “Zoe decided on her own to collect money for her birthday for CFCA, and she wrote her letter to you on her own – we did not help. Also, since this picture was taken, she donated her hair to “Locks of Love” in honor of her grandma who is a cancer survivor.”

Dec 12 2008

CFCA Walk with the Poor brochure wins top honor at Philly Awards

CFCA†received the Best of Show honor at the sixth annual Philly Awards for our Walk with the Poor brochure.

The awards are presented by Nonprofit Connect, recognizing excellence in Kansas City nonprofit communications. CFCA also won first place for the Walk with the Poor brochure in the informational brochure category and second-place honors for the CFCA sponsorship brochure in the membership appeal category.

The Walk with the Poor brochure was created to encourage young people to go to the Walk with the Poor section on our website and learn how they can impact global poverty by helping a student finish school.

The Best of Show Award is selected from the first-place winners in 11 categories.

We created a video of the multi-fold Walk with the Poor brochure. Watch it unfold as it connects the dots…

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Aug 12 2008

International Youth Day – You can!

Today is International Youth Day – a day designated to draw attention to youth issues worldwide.

Recently, youth from the Kansas City area created this video to share with other teens why it’s important to care about people living in developing countries and why it’s important to help: because teens CAN make a difference.

We hope you enjoy their video!

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We can all make a difference. How are you involved in global poverty issues? Let us know!