Wow, what a fantastic celebration! The Heifer Sacramento Volunteers pulled off an amazing community celebration for Heifer International's 70th anniversary on October 18.

We wanted it to be fun, engaging, and hopefully well attended. By the grace of all the hard work of all the volunteers, Heifer staff, gracious donors, dedicated congregational and community organization supporters, and the marvelous space that St. Mark’s United Methodist Church provided the perfect setting for the event it all came off in a spectacular fashion.

Want to see a great 3 minute video of the event? Here it is. 

Our volunteers share some thoughts of the event....
Clockwise - Pet a chick; Laurie Heller setting up for the event; John Brewer and 
Rosa Rodriquez, Heifer Project Ecuador Director; Judy Zlatnik and  Kirk Fujikawa
At our Sacramento Heifer Volunteers' 70th Celebration, I got a larger sense of the breadth and depth of Heifer's presence over the years. A key moment was when the honorees from the various congregations all stood. I saw so many people with long and strong histories of connection with Heifer. Inspiring! – Cheryl McKinney

Clockwise - Connie George at the Ecuador table; John Brewer showing his love for Heifer;
Davis Community Church members with Jill Kilty Newburn
I enjoyed meeting the wonderful people who have supported Heifer over the years. 
– Frank Losco
Clockwise - Attendees enjoying the activities and interaction; Rosa Rodriquez;
Bill Beck and friend; Sue Bennett explaining the What's for Dinner activity 
Engaging activities for young and old, great food catered by Whole Foods, unforgettable speeches, a chance to meet old friends and make new ones! Bill Beck added so much to the day with humorous and heartwarming stories of his early experiences with Heifer as a sea-going cowboy. The audience was spellbound! And what a treat to have Rosa Rodriquez, director of Heifer Ecuador, come all the way from Quito to be at our event! We were deeply touched by her words, spoken from her heart to ours, as each of us was reminded why we support Heifer's work in the world. - Judy Grimshaw

Clockwise - Rev Dr. Bill Beck, the sea-going cowboy; Grant High students; a full house!
I scanned the room and sensed the wealth of wisdom and faithfulness among Heifer's friends, old and new. Passing on the Gift was represented thousands of times as these advocates for ending hunger and poverty shared the Heifer story over many, many years. Another indication of the power that is in all of us sharing Heifer's good news. 
– Suzanne Awalt

Watch this fabulous 3 minute video synopsis of the event. It's great!!

From the depths of our hearts, everyone at the Heifer Sacramento Volunteers, want to extend our thanks to each and every person and organization that helped us pull off this amazing gathering. We have an amazing community!

Want more? Check out this video of northern California Heifer volunteers visiting projects in Ecuador.
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Food for Thought on World Food Day

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Friday, October 17, 2014 0 comments
October 16, 2014 was World Food Day, bringing attention to the challenge to feed the world's population. This year's theme is the Family Farming. Our Sacramento celebration of Heifer International's 70th anniversary was planned for October 18, 2014 to continue to discussion on the need to support smallholder farmers and how Heifer is approaching the challenge to improve their lives.

Read more:   Pierre Ferrari's World Food Day blog post
                     NPR's A Balanced Diet for World Food Day
                     National Geographic's The Future of Food - Feeding a Hungry Planet

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Come Celebrate Heifer International's 70th Anniversary!

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Wednesday, September 17, 2014 0 comments
Heifer Sacramento volunteers are gearing up for a free local celebration for Heifer International's 70th year of working to end poverty and hunger while caring for the earth. Ours is one of 19 community events held around the country this year. Enjoy fun, interactive, and educational activities, learn about Heifer's early days for a 'sea-going cowboy', hear about Heifer's work in Ecuador, and honor communities coming together in support of Heifer's work.

Rosa Rodriguez, the director of Heifer Projects in Ecuador and Bill Beck, one of the 'sea-going cowboys' and long time supporter of Heifer are the feature speakers at our celebration. See you at the party!!
Bill Beck, 'Sea-going Cowboy'
Rosa Rodriguez, Director Heifer Projects Ecuador
Want more?
Heifer Sacramento Volunteers press contact.
Check out Beyond Hunger - Celebrating 70 years of Family Farming.
What is the Heifer Way for lasting change?
How about a Heifer game app to send animals to needy villages? Heifer Games.
Read stories of engagement from donors and participants on When Cows Fly.
How does Heifer impact communities? Measure of Success.
Find out where does Heifer work.
Heifer International Press Resources.

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Save the Date for Heifer's 70th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Saturday, September 13, 2014 0 comments
Save the Date! Save the Date! Save the Date!

Heifer Sacrament volunteers will be holding a community celebration for Heifer's 70th Anniversary on Saturday October 18, 2014 from 1 pm to 4 pm at St. Marks United Methodist Church in Sacramento. Enjoy fun and educational activities and learn about Heifer's past, present, and future work to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth.

Stay tuned. More information will be coming soon!!

Save the Date! Save the Date! Save the Date!

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Post script - Heifer's Work Evolved

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Thursday, September 11, 2014 0 comments
This is the final to the series contributed by Heifer Sacramento volunteer, Cheryl McKinney on her experience visiting Heifer Ecuador projects in 2013. 

Post script - Heifer's Work Evolved

We Heifer tourists saw and learned a lot during one busy week in Ecuador. We came away having witnessed many ways in which the Heifer really does what it sets out to do.

We had all arrived with the basic Heifer narrative in mind, which goes as follows.
     A community invites Heifer in to help with pressing problems.
     Heifer staffers, native to the project country, act as facilitators, engaging groups — in which women have full representation — to assess the community’s strengths, articulate goals and vision.
     Among the outcomes of this group process, sometimes taking months, will be decisions about specific projects to be undertaken.
     Then families receive training and support in the specifics of the project as well as any needed education in group process — all summed up in “the 12 Cornerstones for Just & Sustainable Development.”
     At the appropriate time, animals, plants, or other gifts arrive, and project participants sign promising to “Pass on the Gift” by donating an offspring animal or other offshoot of their specific project to the next family waiting to participate.
     The community is strengthened, in food security and networks of relationships.

Thank you to Cheryl for sharing your view on the ground in Ecuador!

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