Week 9

Last week when we delivered the checks to the local organizations it felt like all of our hard work paid off. Raising the money itself was a challenge that we didn’t expect and once we saw the faces of those that were receiving the money it made all the hair pulling and stress worth it. When actually visiting the places we spent weeks looking into and researching it put a place to the website. Actually visiting the places was much more realistic and heart warming than just looking on their 2D website. I recommend always visiting the place when you are preparing to donate. Knowing where our money was going also eased our thought and worries too. We wanted the money to directly go to the source and the people in need and once we visited, we realized and were assured that it would. Delivering the checks is something i could do over and over again and not get tired of it!

Week 7

This week I interviewed my grandmother because I did not know much about her past so this was a good way to learn about her childhood and the world that was around her. I knew she would be the best to interview about because she lived through hard economic times such as the Great Depression and WWII. She said that her family had to be very careful with their money because of high inflation during her childhood. She actively supports the ASPCA because her family had many pets when she was growing up. In her adult life she had 8 dogs and loved them dearly. Every month she donates to this organization to help prevent animal cruelty. My grandmother loves giving to charities like the ASPCA because she know that she is making a difference in the lives of humans and pets. I asked her what serious problem she would fix today. Like many other elderly people would answer she said it is the communication among the youth of today. We only communicate through texting when back in her childhood they would have face to face contact for all conversations. She thinks it is very important for children to get out and interact with different people in the world rather the talking and solving problems through a phone. I asked her how one can have a joyful and fulfilling life. She said it is all about finding a job that you choose because it makes you happy rather than for the paycheck. Everyday you should wake up happy to go to work. Many wealthy people are very unhappy because of the stress that they go through at work. It was very interesting to interview my grandmother because I got a point of view from living in some of the hardest times in our country. Somehow she found a way to have a joyful and fulfilling life.

Week 7

WE GOT RAINED OUT! Our meeting was cancelled this week because of an upcoming storm that actually passed us without any damage. Although I was really looking forward to this meeting because one of the representatives I contacted was going to be there, I’m happy we’re all safe! I am also extatic to anounce that as of Sunday March 9 2014 The Medical Miracles group has raised 385$! I am soooo proud because all of our ideas a week ago centered around fundraising in school (we were going to make over 350$ by selling bagels during break) and as we all know we aren’t allowed to fundraise in school anymore ;( . Because our big ideas to fundraising victory was cancelled, these 385$ seem even sweeter!

I’m looking forward to meeting the representatives I have invited and seeing you all at the next meetings- if it doesn’t rain ofcourse 🙂

Week 6

Last week I unfortunately had to leave early due to sports requirement, but I was able to listen to all of the representatives presentations. A few of them I was very impressed with in terms of their organization of presentation, mission statement, and their ability to communicate their point to their audience. The one male representative stood out to me because he was the CEO. This really means a lot because he took time out of his day which must be very busy to come and speak to us. This shows his dedication and his care for his company/foundation. Another thing that I enjoyed was the final speaker, who did show up late which gave me an initial impression that she was unprepared, was very succinct. She went right into her presentation which seemed well practiced and told us the facts that we needed to know.

I am looking forward to hearing from the next set of representatives today.

Week 6

This week, our fist panel of non-profit organization executives came to speak to our class. I felt that all of the organizations’ mission statements somewhat matched our group’s mission statement. Although some organizations specifically deal with children or food, I feel that all of the organizations were able to reach out to families.  I thought that all of the executives were passionate about what their organizations do and they did not hesitate to inform us about all aspects of their organization. I enjoyed that they also told us about what we could do to reach out to their organizations by volunteering. These organizations will most definitely be considered for our group’s final donation.

The topic of fundraising has become a lot more complicated over the past few weeks. The fundraising activities that we planned to do, we can no longer enact because school fundraising is now prohibited. My group and I are discussing what other options we have because we cannot let this little obstacle keep us from fulfilling our goal.