5100 South Dawson St., Ste 202
Kim Tippens, Carol Radlo, Sam Chen, Jana Pallis, Robert Howe, Shana Greene, Jana Paragen, Chris Moreland, Casey P'Connor, John Agopong
Village Volunteers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works in partnership with rural village and capacity-building programs to support the development of sustainable solutions for community survival, education, and growth.
Village Volunteers promotes self-sufficiency in rural villages by partnering with established grassroots community organizations in their quest to develop sustainable educational, economic, public heath, food security and environmental conservation programs for their communities.
Current programs include:
1) Youth Outreach Mentors: empowers, inspires and educates youth about HIV/AIDS prevention, gender equality and healthy lifestyle practices for HIV positive people.
2) The Butterfly Project: scholarship fund creates college education opportunities for promising young East African women who are committed to serving their rural communities through careers in education or nursing, but lack the necessary financial resources to pursue their dreams.
3) Environmental Youth Action Corps: a local service organization composed of village youth who are trained as educators and advocates for conservation and to enlighten community members about human-caused sources of pollution and the effects on public health.
4) Feed Villages Sustainable Agriculture: promotes sustainable farming methods and education through demonstration farms, workshops, and the development of tree nurseries. Feed Villages also establishes community seed banks and educates on seed collection to encourage sustainable crop production and support enhanced biodiversity.
5) Clean Water and Sanitation: The mission is to increase access to clean drinking water in rural communities through the distribution of locally-produced, low-cost ceramic water filters. The program is also designed to disseminate public health education about water and provide local economic opportunities.
6) Economic Development/Social Enterprises: Social enterprises apply market-driven strategies to provide products or services that serve the community or solve social challenges.
7) Moringa Tree: facilitates the development of moringa tree nurseries in rural communities.
Containing more than 90 nutrients and 46 types of antioxidants, the Moringa tree has prominently been used to combat malnutrition. It has also been used as a source for bio-fuel, soil enhancement, cattle feed, household water purification, anti-bacterial agents, immune system stimulants, and much more.
8) Sanitary Pad Project: The production of a sanitary pad made from water hyacinth will offer women a low cost, biodegradable product that will also provide local jobs and necessary personal hygiene products for school girls through a matching market-based subsidy program.
9) Kick it with Kenya: an annual youth conference in Kenya that combines a soccer tournament with public health outreach and promotion of leadership through a common enthusiasm for soccer. The program provides public health awareness, HIV testing and counseling as well as vital health examinations to diagnose malnutrition, parasites, etc.
10) Women and Girls Initiative: empowering women and girls by investing in their education, skills training, and economic opportunities.