Fundraising for Heifer International

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Thursday, May 19, 2016 0 comments
We want to spread the word about the generosity of the Northminster Presbyterian Church in Sacramento.

Once again Northminster’s small but mighty congregation completed another annual fundraiser for Heifer International. This April, the Mission Committee put out a display of posters depicting the many Heifer Int’l projects that have been funded by their past donations. These posters were accompanied by milk cans decorated in bovine patterns in the church narthex with the sign ‘happily accepting donations’ next to them. The Heifer fundraising activities wrapped up in early May with a Cinco de Milko (Heifer + Cinco de Mayo) celebration featuring a nacho bar with authentic Mexican cookies and sweets.   

Just like past years, the Northminster congregation raised over $1,000 this year to support Heifer International's projects. You are truly amazing and generous. Thank you so very much Northminster Presbyterian Church!!!!!


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Thank You and News to Start the New Year

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Thursday, January 14, 2016 0 comments
We, the Heifer Sacramento Volunteers, want to express our deep gratitude to the Sacramento community for your support throughout 2015 of our efforts to spread the word and fund raise in support Heifer’s work. We couldn't have done it without you. Thank you!!!

Here’s a wonderful THANK YOU video produced by Heifer International. 

Here are a few new items to start the New Year:

Heifer International's 2015 Annual Report is out. Download it here

Curious about what countries is Heifer working in? There's a new page on the Heifer International website to learn more about the countries where they work and project description sheets. 

Did you know you can get Heifer's World Ark Magazine digitally? Now you can read about Heifer and their work around the work on your favorite device. Download it free from this page. 



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Give to Heifer on Giving Tuesday!!

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Saturday, November 28, 2015 0 comments
Giving Tuesday, December 1, is just around the corner. When you’re rounding up sales for everyone on your shopping list, please make one more purchase that means the world to a family far away.

Our lives are busy, especially this time of year. Can't find the perfect gift for friends and family that has everything? Looking for a meaning and inspirational gift? Don't think you can make a difference with 5 minutes? YES, you can do it all!  


Get them a gift of Heifer!! Heifer International has been working to change lives, reduce poverty and hunger, and build community for over 70 years. Check our approach to this work. It's much more than handing over livestock and wishing them well. Heifer staff work with small farmers, letting them decide the kind of project they want, work with them before, during and after receiving livestock to make sure they have every chance of success. This approach not only reduce poverty and hunger, but more importantly builds communities and connections that leads to sustainable success. 

Want to know more? How can a cow help people out of poverty? Well, we have just the video for you! 

Thank you for donating to Heifer International on Giving Tuesday!!

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Scarecrows for Heifer!

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Wednesday, November 25, 2015 1 comments
Heifer Sacramento volunteer John Brewer presented a framed certificate of appreciation to Ms. Julie Bair and her fifth grade class at Seven Hills Middle School in Nevada City, California this November. Ms. Bair’s guided her fifth grade students in a service learning project, Scarecrows for Heifer. The project sparked creativity among her students and engaged their families and the community to raise funds to benefit resource poor farmers served by Heifer International.

Ms. Bair has worked with students in the Nevada City schools on scarecrow projects over many years to raise funds to support Heifer International’s mission of helping families. Hats off to Ms. Bair from Heifer International for her dedication to both Heifer and developing the next generation of donors!

This year, Ms. Bair's fifth grade students each gathered materials and designed handcrafted scarecrows, which were then sold at Prospector’s Nursery in Nevada City for $40 each. This year’s Scarecrows for Heifers received generous donations from B&C True Value (lumber), Pearson’s Feed (hay), and Ridge Feed and Supply (burlap sacks) in Grass Valley. All of the proceeds went to the class project and the students decided how to use the proceeds to purchase livestock that would be donated.
Ms. Bair's students and their creations for Scarecrows for Heifer. 
John enjoyed interacting with the students, hearing about what they had learned about Heifer, and offering them a bit more information on Heifer's mission. He told them more about Heifer’s Cornerstones and answering their very thoughtful questions. John plans to return to Ms. Bair’s class early next fall during the early phase of their next scarecrow project and prepare an article on their efforts for Heifer International’s The Ark magazine.

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THANK YOU for a fantastic Heifer Tails!

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Tuesday, November 03, 2015 0 comments
On September 20th, Sacramento Heifer Volunteers hosted Heifer Tails, a storytelling event at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

As mentioned in previous posts on this blog, the goal of the event was to raise funds to support Heifer communities in Nepal affected by earthquakes earlier this year.

Our volunteer group was energized by the enthusiastic involvement of gifted tale spinners from the local storytelling community, headed up by Mary McGrath, and the participation of world music talent Bob Wren. Westminster Presbyterian Church generously provided a perfect setting. And the event was a sell out! We moved furniture and added chairs to accommodate the standing room crowd eager to listen to timeless folktales from around the world. Check out the video of the event. 

This wonderful event raised over $8,800 in donations and ticket sales and was matched by a $10,000 donation from a Bay area foundation, making a grand total of over $18,000 for earthquake recovery efforts by Heifer communities in Nepal. Needless to say our volunteer group is over the moon with the results!

Read about updates on Heifer Nepal. Here are a few quick highlights:
  • During the spring 2015 earthquakes, nearly 23,000 Nepali families in 97 Village Development Committees (VDCs) and across 13 districts lost their homes and livelihoods. 
  • Members of Heifer's Self-Help Groups and Cooperatives played a key role in immediate relief support before government or other assistance arrived, ensuring distributions went smoothly and each family received some support.
  •  After those immediate needs were met by Heifer and other relief organizations working in the country, and because it was clear the rebuilding and recovery would require a long-term approach, Heifer established a revolving fund for communities that saw the worst damage. Participants advocated for this approach because it would allow the communities to make joint decisions about how to best distribute and utilize funds. All monies will stay in the communities to provide continuous support in the future. 
  • Reports from Nepal are showing our approach is having a large impact on helping farmers recover.   
The Sacramento Heifer Volunteer group wishes to express deep gratitude to the many attendees, talented local storytellers and musicians, and to Westminster Presbyterian Church for coming together to make Heifer Tails a success.

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