Audrey Sharp

14 Days of Giving

 

 

We are so excited to announce that we have an anonymous donor who will be giving $10,000 to Outreach360 at the end of December when we meet our year-end fundraising goal of $30,000! So, to kick off an exciting month of fundraising, we are launching, for the first time ever, Outreach360’s 14 Days of Giving! It’s a daily contest in which donors like you enter daily to win amazing prizes, like Outreach360 water bottles and t-shirts and even some vintage Orphanage Outreach gear. It’s easy to enter, all you need to do is donate to the 14 Days of Giving fundraising page.

For every $10 you donate, we’ll enter your name into a daily drawing and an additional name in our Grand Prize bucket. At the end of each day we’ll pull out a name, announce the winner and then start over the next day, but throughout the two weeks, names will accumulate to win the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize is a $1,800 credit towards an Outreach360 trip! To put that into perspective for you, $1,800 would cover the cost of two individuals volunteering for a week, the cost of one person volunteering for three weeks or would cover more than 50% of the cost for an eight-week Caminos Internship (see a breakdown of our volunteer costs). There are only 14 days to win the daily prizes so spread your donations out across multiple days or go all in on one of the days for a higher chance of winning, but no matter what, we’ll continue adding your name to the Grand Prize drawing!

As 2018 comes to a close, and we reflect on the past year, we can’t help but feel overwhelming gratitude for all that our supporters have made possible. In Nicaragua, despite current unrest, we’ve managed to not only keep the Learning Center open to our students but have also expanded programming to include university prep for our high school students! And in Monte Cristi, we had a record-making summer with a vocational-themed six-week Dare to Dream Camp for our Learning Center students, in which they learned about professions in STEM, the performing arts, and tourism and were even able to take field trips around the country relating to the professions that they learned about. For many of our students, this was their first opportunity to travel outside of Monte Cristi.

We already have a lot to look forward to in 2019. We are hopeful our volunteer program in Jinotega will reopen in the summer and volunteer-run English lessons and neighborhood camps will start back up. In the Dominican Republic, we are preparing to enroll a whole new class of fifth-grade students into the Learning Center. In the first few months, they will be learning how the program works and preparing for their English education with an intensive Spanish literacy program. 

With so much to look forward to, there’s also a lot of preparation that needs to be done. That’s why our December goal is so important and why an anonymous donor has stepped up to help make our 2019 goals possible! It’s not lost on us that we couldn’t do any of it with you, that’s why with the 14 Days of Giving we’ll be able to give back some to you for all that you give. Never forget, YOU are Outreach360! We’re so proud to have you in our family. 

Click for the most recent update on our volunteer program in Nicaragua.
To follow the progress of the 14 Days of Giving and our December fundraising goal, visit our Facebook page.
Click to donate to the 14 Days of Giving Fundraiser.

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An Update on our Program in Nicaragua

Dear Outreach360 Family,

Thank you for all of your support for our program and our students. Some of you may have been following the events taking place in Nicaragua over the course of the last several months. We appreciate your concern and wanted to give you an update.

Nicaragua has been in the news recently for civil unrest. What started as peaceful protests in response to a change in the social security system by the government on April 18th has turned into a difficult situation. However, as the local dialogue continues and international human rights organizations get involved, we are hopeful for a peaceful and orderly resolution.

As always, safety is our number one priority and for that reason, we have suspended our volunteer program for the summer. We would like to acknowledge our volunteers who have either moved their service trip to our program in the Dominican Republic or who have put their trip on hold, for showing great flexibility and understanding.

We are, as always, committed to our students and will be continuing classes at the Learning Center. But with no volunteer funds coming to our Nicaragua program this summer, we have a funding gap. We are looking at other avenues to procure the additional resources we need to support the 87 students in our program. If you would like to contribute to this effort, we invite you to take on one of the following:

  1. Are you a Touch the Future Sponsor in Nicaragua? Please consider increasing your monthly donation. To do so, contact us at donor@outreach360.org
  2. Become a Touch the Future Sponsor for one of our students in Nicaragua.
  3. Make a donation to support our 87 Heroes, the 87 incredible students that need us right now. We are looking to raise $8,700 in their honor between now and next Monday! These funds will close the Learning Center funding gap we have for the remainder of 2018.

More than ever, we recognize and appreciate your incredible support. Please continue to keep the people of Nicaragua in your thoughts and prayers.

Gracias,

Coco Barrett
Country Director, Nicaragua

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