Scarecrows for Heifer!

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Wednesday, November 25, 2015 0 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 fifth grade students' Scarecrows for Heifer service learning project, to raise fund in benefit of Heifer International. Ms. Bair has worked with her 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!

Ms. Bair's 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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Bob Wren Will Add Music to Heifer Tails Stories

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Monday, September 07, 2015 0 comments

In this post, we want to tell you more about our line up of storytellers and announce that Bob Wren will add his musical talents to our stories!

Mary McGrath brings 30 years of storytelling performance to her audiences. She most recently performed with the Sacramento Symphony, at the Crocker Art Museum, and at festivals in Canada, Ireland, and Scandinavia. She has taught “The Art of Storytelling” at the Sacramento City College and produces programs with “Straight Talk Storytellers at Belle Coolidge library.

Ray Tatar has been the artistic director of the California Stage Theatre for 15 years. Prior to that he was the theatre and literature grants administrator for the California Arts Council. He has hosts Live Wire community programs on Access Sacramento for the past 8 years.

Diana Salgado Zuñiga developed her storytelling style during her 32 years working in the Heads Start School Program. She is currently a writer at the Hart Senior Center’s History Writing Group.

Nancy Griffith is a retired teacher that has always enjoyed the art of storytelling. 

Bob Wren has been playing the violin for 55 years, but he has also developed a large world music repertoire along the way. He led the Sacramento City College World Music Ensemble for 12 years and continues to teach music appreciation to students there. Bob's repertoire is as diverse as his range in playing musical instruments. Take a look at this video.

We are very excited to have Bob on board for this event. His musical talents will make the stories extra special. 

Big Thank Yous in advance to Mary, Ray, Diana, Nancy and Bob for generously donating their time and talent for this event in support of the work of Heifer International!!

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HeiferTails Line Up Update

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Tuesday, August 11, 2015 0 comments
Come to our HeiferTails storytelling event and hear some of the most talented story tellers in our area capture imaginations of young and old with folk tales from around the world.

Here's our line up of story tellers and their tales:

Mary McGrath telling ‘The Palace Monkey’, a story from India
Ray Tatar telling ‘Anansi Brings Stories to the World’, a story from Africa
Diana Zuniga telling ‘The Aztec Legend of the Birds’, a story from Mexico
Nancy Griffith telling ‘The Camel’, a story from Lebanon

Live, fun musical interludes will take place in-between stories.

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Sacramento HeiferTails Fundraiser Event – Get Your Tickets!!

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Saturday, August 01, 2015 0 comments
HeiferTails: Uplifting Stories from Around the World
Join the Heifer Sacramento Volunteers, talented local storytellers, and musicians for an afternoon of storytelling for kids, teens, parents, and grandparents.

Sunday, September 20, 2015  3:00 - 4:30 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 N Street, Sacramento (free parking in rear lot)

Ticket prices: $10 for adults, $5 for children, and $20 maximum for families
Purchase tickets at HeiferTails Eventbrite page.

Proceeds from HeiferTails will go to assist Heifer International communities in Nepal affected by the 7-plus magnitude earthquakes on April 25 and May 12, 2015. Other generous donors have offered to match new donations for up to $10,000! Every dollar you give will be doubled!

Can't attend the event? You can still be part of this effort. 
Make a direct donation to Heifer Nepal’s Disaster Rehabilitation Fund  

This Fund helps our partner communities assist families with the immediate needs of people and livestock, long term recovery, and rebuilding livelihoods. This Fund goes far beyond basic relief.  It establishes a revolving fund that Heifer communities in Nepal can draw on to rebuild and continue their remarkable work.

Want to learn more about what is happening with Heifer Nepal?
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