Dear Friends and Family,
You have all been very generous and I thank you for your participation in our progress so far. Considering that this is a new format for fundraising for most of us, I didn't know if we would get any donations at all. So far, we've had $1,300 in donations from 20 unique donors! This has been a pleasant surprise for us as we begin to move forward! Even if we don't receive the $4,000 from 50 unique donors needed to achieve a permanent spot on Global Giving's fundraising site, we are still thrilled with every dollar that has come from this new funding source.
The amount raised through Global Giving at this point is approximately 1/10th of our total annual budget. Along with other funding sources, we are very hopeful to reach our goals and have our project fully funded. As of this time, we have enough funds committed to sign our first-year contract with Move the Mountain and get our hands-on training for Circles in January - a very good start.
In early February we will assign Allies to the group of people who have already completed our first "Getting Ahead" program from last year and begin holding our weekly Circles meetings. The first "Getting Ahead" group includes three families, who have four children between them, with one more on the way. Around the same time, we hope to begin our next "Getting Ahead" group, recruited from the needy families at the Pitcairn Food Pantry. This new "Getting Ahead" group will likely have approximately 12 people, representing 6-8 families.
When we are fully funded, we will be able to run a second "Getting Ahead" group in the fall of 2011, possibly exceeding our desired 10 families that we help get out of poverty. Full funding will also help us get additional staff help, as well as be able to do more poverty education in our community to make sure we are all working together effectively to combat this monumental problem of poverty.
Our big dream is to make Pitcairn a place where people can get back on their feet and learn to live in a self-sufficient manner with the assistance of the whole community, making Pitcairn a better place for all residents. Thanks for all your support in helping to make this a reality!