Sacramento/Chico/Redding Regions Earth Day events

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Thursday, April 09, 2015 0 comments
Looking for 2015 Earth Day celebrations in Sacramento/Chico/Redding areas? Here are some of Earth Day events that Heifer volunteers will be participating in.

Come by our table and say hello!!

April 19 Sacramento Earth Day (Southside Park, Sacramento)

April 21-22 Butte College Earth Day Celebration

May 2 Endangered Species Faire (Chico)

May 16 Walk on the Wildside (Beachlake Preserve)

May 17 Day on the Farm (Soil Born Farms)

Name That Goat - Help Heifer name some newborn baby goats at the Heifer farm!

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Making it Happen on International Women’s Day

Posted by Teresa On Sunday, March 08, 2015 0 comments
March 8 is International Women’s Day. Heifer International celebrates women the world over who work to feed their families, become small business owners, and educate their children among many other tasks they perform for their families.

They grow 60-80 percent of the food in developing countries yet own less than 1 percent of the Earth's land. Despite making up half the world's population, women have been marginalized in most societies throughout human history. Heifer International invests in women small holder farmers to relieve malnutrition and help create business owners that generate a sustainable income for their families.

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Women also spent much time collecting fuel to cook for their families. This effort to chop, collect and carry biomass for miles can take hours, cutting into the time they need for other chores like fetching water, caring for children, working the fields and herding animals. Cooking with open fires is also a huge health risk. Smoke inhalation contributes to millions of deaths every year. World Ark contributor, Erik Hoffner interviews author Gautam Yadama on his book Fires, Fuel & the Fate of 3 Billion: The State of the Energy Impoverished, a new book that takes a close look at this global problem.

Learn more about how you can help Heifer International's work in empowering women farmers to help feed the world.

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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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Heifer in Sacramento is a grassroots volunteer group in Northern California, with a common goal of fulfilling Heifer International's basic mission - "To end hunger and save the earth by passing on the gift to others." We are an extension of Heifer International and together we are improving our world and the lives of resource-poor families while building the foundation for a peaceful world in practical, down-to-earth ways.