Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
All of you who donated, we made it! Together, we have secured a permanent spot on the GlobalGiving fundraising website AND you have helped to boost the morale of all the Circles participants! It was incredible to have our folks checking in and reporting to me how many donors we had, sharing information with their friends, talking about the project with anyone and everyone who would listen. It has been very exciting around here! Just like any mission trip, your presence and participation told these folks that you care and that they are worth your time and resources!
Most importantly, we have already raised more than double the minimum monetary requirement needed to secure this spot. One of our first needs is transportation to get to jobs and school for many of our folks. Part of your donation will be put to work to ensure that the transportation barrier is greatly reduced for our low-income participants. We also plan to purchase curriculum for our next group, and confirm our fall leadership retreat to foster leadership development in our participants.
In addition to those activities, one of our initiatives has been to foster cooperation and partnership between Gateway School District and Circles as they work with most of the children of our low-income participants as well as other under-resourced students. Last year we sponsored a teacher in service day which focused on best techniques for supporting under-resourced learners. This year we will be consulting with the school district to discuss further directions for this partnership. These are just a few of the highlights of the good work that can be done because of your generosity!
As a permanent part of GlobalGiving, we are expected to produced regular reports about our activities and needs. I believe you will get these updates automatically as a donor. If you do not wish to receive them, I think there will be a way to opt out. However, it is my hope that you will continue to be interested in this initiative and perhaps think about taking steps to form some kind of anti-poverty initiative in your own areas.
Again, thank you from all of us at the Pitcairn Circles Initiative for your participation, support, and prayers!
Blessings! Cyndi Bloise