Week 5

This week was a great week in Philanthropy Class. We had four speakers come in and share very important aspects of their organization essentially to reel us, students and donators, in to eventually give the money that we raised to their foundation. The four companies that came to share their ideas were: HomeSafe, Feeding South Florida, Adopt-A-Family, and Guardian ad Litem (GAD). These four organizations have such great aspects to their foundation and i wish i could donate to all of them! I just don’t think that these specific organizations fulfill the needs that my group, Kids for Kids Foundation (children and youth services). I am looking for an organization that allows teens, around our age, to truly interact with the children and engage themselves in these types of volunteering opportunities. Specifically Guardian Ad Litem does not look for a younger age group because one needs to be at least 21 years of age to become a guardian of a younger child (which is understandable just unfortunate that we would not fit these needs). The same for HomeSafe. Their youth program require a background check for require a person that volunteers to be at least 18 years old. These two organizations have such great facts that I personally would love to learn more about but it is just not the right time yet because my group has to focus on raising money for an organization that matches our mission and vision during these 10 weeks. Feeding South Florida was great to learn about and they have great volunteering opportunities for kids my age! I would definitely consider donating my money to this organization having learned about their statistics and knowing that there are exceptionally reliable and sustainable. Lastly, Adopt-A-Family was great to learn more about because the Benjamin School actually participates with this organization during the holiday season. I love that there is so many different things in this one organization that people are able to do to help many families just around Palm Beach County. Again Adopt-A-Family would be an organization I would consider sending my donations to!

Aside from these organizations and after looking very hard for the right organization, I think we have finally found the perfect match for our groups mission and vision.  Hispanic Human Resources Center (HHRC) really engages themselves int he Benjamin  Community because they do a lot of senior projects with this organization. I feel that this aspect would be beneficial because it appeals to the students at the Benjamin School and therefore there might be a better donation. A teacher at the Benjamin School also has close relations to a person who works there: Mrs. Judy Pierman. I look forward to engaging in this organization because it allows me and my fellow group members to play with the children and immerse ourselves in the lives of others.

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