Category Archives: Get involved

Callie, 10, from Grandview, Mo., takes part in the #UnboundSelfieDay.
Mar 21 2016

5 creative ways kids give back with Unbound

Callie, 10, from Grandview, Mo., takes part in the #UnboundSelfieDay.

Callie, 10, from Grandview, Mo., takes part in the #UnboundSelfieDay.

Parents who give time or money to charity set an important example for their kids. They teach their kids about gratitude and compassion while developing the next generation of leaders and social entrepreneurs.

Unbound offers a personal way to help people living in poverty through one-to-one sponsorship. It’s a great way for a family to give back together.

It can also be good for your child’s happiness.

“Research shows that giving to others benefits not only the recipient, but also the giver,” said Michael Norton, of Harvard University’s business school and coauthor of ‘Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending.’ “In countries all over the world, and in children as young as 3 years old, we’ve found that giving makes givers happier.”

Kids want to make the world a better place. Here are five creative ideas from kids who’ve helped families living in poverty.

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Dec 30 2015

Staff picks: Favorite Unbound photos of 2015

Ezequial from El Salvador.

Each year, Unbound get the chance to share some amazing photos of our work around the world. The stories and images of the families we serve are just one way we show our supporters how they’re making a difference.
Here’s a selection of some of our Kansas City staff’s favorite photos from 2015.

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Aug 21 2015

10 ways Unbound works to #UpgradeYourWorld

Sponsored children and their classmates stand outside their school in Guatemala.

Sponsored children and their classmates stand outside their school in Guatemala.

Microsoft Windows recently launched its #UpgradeYourWorld campaign to celebrate nonprofits doing good work around the world. They’ve selected nine and they’re searching for one more international organization to fill the last spot.

Unbound wants to be the 10th nonprofit picked to win $500,000 to support our work — part of a $10 million Microsoft Windows investment.

The 10th organization will be chosen by the people and the number of votes collected via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook so we need your help!

Here are 10 reasons why Unbound should be one of Microsoft Windows’ global nonprofits.
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Jul 29 2015

Raising awareness about human trafficking

Hands in Madagascar

An estimated 2.5 million people across the globe — many of them children — are victims of modern slavery in the form of human trafficking. Some are forced into brutal manual labor, while others become captive to the sex trade. Still others are forced to act as soldiers and, in some cases, participate in war crimes.

Unbound believes we have a special role to play in combating this epidemic.


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This stack of letters was written by Kansas City-area middle school students to Unbound sponsored youth waiting for new sponsors.
Jul 17 2015

Sending notes of encouragement


Letter writing is an important aspect of Unbound’s sponsorship program. Not only do we require sponsored members to write at least two letters a year to their sponsors, we encourage sponsors to write back. We frequently hear from sponsored members how much getting letters from their sponsors means to them. Sometimes those letters have the ability to change lives.

But when sponsored friends are between sponsors, they don’t have anyone to write to or receive letters from. When sponsors must discontinue their support, their sponsored friends continue to participate in the program and receive assistance while Unbound tries to find new sponsors for them.

Currently, we have more than 5,000 children, youth and elders waiting for new sponsors. Some of them have only been waiting a couple of months, while others have been waiting a couple of years. They’re missing out on a huge part of the Unbound program experience.

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Topeka sponsor Christie Appelhanz and her daughter, Kate, often go for runs together.
May 27 2015

$40 for turning 40

Topeka sponsor Christie Appelhanz and her daughter, Kate, often go for runs together.

Topeka sponsor Christie Appelhanz and her daughter, Kate, often go for runs together.

Sponsor Christie Appelhanz is starting her birthday celebration a couple days early. Not with a big party or a fancy dinner, but by running for charity. She’ll be visiting Kansas City on June 5 to take part in the Hospital Hill Run as an Unbound Trailblazer.

“Hospital Hill Run is special because the 5K takes place two days before my 40th birthday,” Christie said. “Instead of gifts, I’m asking friends and family to contribute $40 to Unbound.”

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Go to Instagram and enter to win this tote bag and tumbler!
May 25 2015

Enter to win Unbound gear on Instagram

Go to Instagram and enter to win this tote bag and tumbler!

Go to Instagram and enter to win this tote bag and tumbler!


It’s contest time again! We are doing an Instagram giveaway for an Unbound tumbler and tote bag. Get out your device and go to Instagram to enter. Here’s how:

1. Find @UnboundOrg on Instagram and follow us.

2. On our Instagram page, look for the image pictured above and “Like” it.

3. Then tag two friends in the comments.

That’s it. All entries will be checked twice. The winner will be announced on 5/29 (contest ends 5/28, 11:59 p.m. (CST)). The winner will be chosen at random and will be tagged in the comments of the Instagram post. The winner must send a direct message via Instagram to @UnboundOrg to redeem the prize.

Please note: This giveaway is in no way sponsored by Instagram. By entering you are confirming that you release Instagram of any/all responsibility and that you agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Open to U.S. followers only.

Good luck!

GreatNonprofits
Apr 24 2015

Help us be top-rated in 2015

In 2014, Unbound was a GreatNonprofits Top-Rated organization. We need your help to achieve this honor again in 2015.

To be a top-rated nonprofit, we just need 10 new positive reviews with a 4- or 5-star rating between now and Oct. 31. Maintaining a high rating on review sites like GreatNonprofits helps raise awareness about Unbound and the work we do to help families fight poverty.

Click here to view the Unbound page on GreatNonprofits and write a review. Need some inspiration? Sponsor Margaret Bristow left this wonderful review for us last year:

After you write your review, share it on social media and let your friends and family know you support Unbound.

Unbound's Outreach Volunteer team, from left: Claudia Vázquez-Puebla, Lydia Leffelman, Clair Paul, Laurel Harrold and Maureen Ortiz.
Apr 17 2015

Celebrating volunteers, Unbound style

Unbound's Outreach Volunteer team, from left: Claudia Vázquez-Puebla, Lydia Leffelman, Clair Paul, Laurel Harrold and Maureen Ortiz.

Unbound’s Outreach Volunteer team, from left: Claudia Vázquez-Puebla, Lydia Leffelman, Clair Paul, Laurel Harrold and Maureen Ortiz.


To celebrate National Volunteer Week, we checked in with Unbound’s Outreach Volunteer team. It’s their happy duty to support the efforts of volunteers who are willing to help find new sponsors in their local communities. The team calls these dedicated supporters “ambassadors,” and they are an invaluable part of Unbound’s outreach efforts.

Though the team spends much of their time finding volunteers to assist Unbound preachers at weekend church presentations, ambassadors contribute in a number of other creative ways as well.

Team member Clair Paul appreciates their devotion.

“I find the passion of our volunteers very inspiring,” she said. “It’s obvious they care so deeply for their sponsored friends and want their family and friends to have the experience they’ve had with Unbound.”

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Elsa (right) and Colleen (left) worked together to share Unbound in their community.
Mar 30 2015

Tips for sharing Unbound

By Elsa Aguirre, Unbound sponsor and ambassador

Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Mathew 18:20).

I always thought about this scripture as referring to prayer. Yes, there is great power in praying together. But there is also great power in doing things together.

For many years, I had the desire to help get more children sponsored. But I never attempted hosting an information table at my local church.

That changed when I found a buddy.

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