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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Letters from Ecuador part 8 - Go To Market with PACAT!

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Thursday, August 14, 2014 0 comments
Letter 8 - Go To Market with PACAT!


Almost every article written about Heifer Ecuador mentions visiting the Plaza Pachano Saturday farmers’ market in Ambato where 150 PACAT merchants sell fruits, vegetables, meats, drinks and cooked food — all organic. Go early because the regular customers buy them out by 10 am!

PACAT stands for Productores Agroecológicos de Comercio Asociativo de Tungurahua or Commercial Association of Agroecoloical Producers of Tungurahua. To us Heifer tourists, PACAT came to mean the best in skillful strategy, savvy can-do, and sturdy cooperation.

About ten years ago, a small group of growers wanted to sell in this city market, but couldn't make their way through the red tape. Taking matters into their own hands, they began just showing up on Saturdays, after also showing up the day before to wash the concrete and clean up after a Friday animal market. Little by little over the years the PACAT section of the market has grown to take up more than half, and PACAT has achieved official legitimacy, and even winning an recent award from the province.

On our visit, we saw throngs of enthusiastic shoppers willingly paying a higher price for food that they trust to be high quality, and as several shoppers characterized it, “clean.” PACAT members have actively educated the customer base by offering farm tours. Señor Moreta, current president of PACAT, explained that “now if they spot a little worm among the vegetables, they aren’t fooled and they don’t worry, because they know that the food is healthy and organic.” We loved seeing the distinctive turquoise aprons worn by the PACAT folks — a great way to promote brand awareness — one of the marketing strategies carried out by the paid publicity staffers.

Heifer Ecuador got involved because PACAT met its criterion of being “an organization in harmony with Heifer’s mission, with a clearly defined purpose, and with goals that they couldn’t quite meet on their own.” Heifer Ecuador's seed money formed a capital fund from which PACAT issue micro-loans to members — 250 loans in the past 2+ years. Heifer also provided technical assistance in forming a small corps of techs who act as specialists, helping growers achieve and then maintain organic certification from the province.


Señor Moreta summed it up: “Thank you for visiting. You’ve seen something of our farms, and now the market; Heifer Ecuador has been of great help in establishing us in the market; sincere thanks… We send greetings to Heifer USA, and please don’t let this be the last visit!”
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Letters from Ecuador part 7 - Agroecology at Restaurante María Soledad

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Thursday, July 31, 2014 0 comments
Letter 7 - Agroecology at Restaurante María Soledad

More from www.agroecology.org — Agroecology links ecology, culture, economics, and society to sustain agricultural production, healthy environments, and viable food and farming communities. Let’s go check out how it works in Quillán, a village east of Ambato, still in the Andes, but at a lower elevation than other Andean farms we visited.

Nowhere on our tour were the social dimensions of agroecology more evident than here. In Quillán we start getting a better sense of the degree to which Ecuadorians work together. We remembered María Fernanda remarking at the beginning of our tour, “There is no reason to create another organization in Ecuador!”

Walk with us along a cool tree-canopied path, into a charming restaurant and out its back door, to tables set in the shade near a swift, crystal clear stream. Get ready for a delicious organic lunch of trout, rice, mixed salad, and fresh fruit juice — except for the rice everything was produced right here at this place.


Then meet Verónica Chiluiso and her mom María Soledad, who run this restaurant, and hear a story of teamwork. Verónica explained that 30+ families of Quillán organized into an association, which in turn is one of the 29 associations that make up the umbrella organization PACAT. More about that later…



Here in Quillán, a dozen families, each with their own business, some specialize in trout farming, another dozen farm organically with mixed-plantings, and a third dozen operating restaurants and developing trails in tourist areas. Little by little they have made Quillán a tourist destination and environmental education site along the Ruta Nacional de Turismo, on the Curipisco Bird Observation Trail. It’s a village that young people return to after college where jobs are available. The community has a committee to look after the elderly who lack extended family to care for them.


Collaboration has been key to achieving all these things — and support from various organizations, including PACAT, and Heifer Ecuador through PACAT. As Verónica put it, “They started out as our collaborators and they have become our friends.”


During the long bus ride back to Ambato, we Heifer tourists mull over our place in this long chain of collaboration, friendship, helping hands.


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Letter from Ecuador Part 6 - Agroecology at the Torres Farm

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Friday, July 25, 2014 0 comments

Letter 6 - Agroecology at the Torres Farm

Our Heifer Ecuador tour is still in the mountains visiting our second Andean farm, this one at a lower elevation of 6,600 feet.  Manuel Torres’s operation seems be an operational match for the definition of agroecology ‘…a whole-systems approach to agriculture and food systems development based on traditional knowledge, alternative agriculture, and local food system experiences.’


Señor Torres, who farms with his wife, summed up their life work. “This is the source of our well-being — producing for our own families, and selling what is extra.”



As we walked around the fields we spotted various herbs, squashes, lettuces, cabbages and other crucifers, as well as alfalfa for the animals. In addition, Señor Torres grows hominy corn and potatoes — 18 varieties of potatoes, in fact.

Señor Torres composts, of course. And he biols, as well. Biol is the product of biodigesting manures and plant materials. He ticked off the animal fertilizer ingredients: “de vaca, conejo, gallina, chancho, y cuy — y todos limpios.”  That’s clean organic manure from cow, rabbit, hen, hog, and guinea pig. The result is a concentrated organic foliar fertilizer to use on his farm.


Señor Torres also saves seeds. He invited us into the storeroom, where we marveled at gunny sacks full of seeds of all sorts, including seed potatoes. Indeed, the Torres’s are designated seed savers for their grower organization, Produagro of Tungurahua.





A seed — a tiny object of enormous potential. That is what we felt at the Torres farm: the potential of Heifer Ecuador’s work to spread the agroecological approach over Ecuador, realizing the basic Heifer mission of working to end hunger while caring for the Earth.

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Letters from Ecuador Part 5 - Agroecology at the Moreta Farm

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Wednesday, July 09, 2014 0 comments
Letter 5 - Agroecology at the Moreta Farm

Agroecología. A tongue-twister word that came up many times as we toured with Heifer Ecuador. Agroecology originally defined as 'the application of ecological principles to agriculture' and first defined and used by Miguel Altieri of University of California Berkeley in 1983.


The concept has continued to evolve. Agroecology is the sustainable use and management of natural resources, accomplished by using social, cultural, economic, political and ecological methods that work together to achieve sustainable agriculture production. We found living illustrations of this in the province of Tungurahua, in the Andes south of Quito.


In the high Andean fields of Señor Anibal Moreta, we learned that he and his fellow farmers have been dedicated to amending their soil with compost (only one agroecological practice of many). It is gorgeous soil, fertile and friable, supporting all manner of vegetables. Señor Moreta plunged his hand into a furrow to demonstrate that no hoe or shovel — nor tractor — was needed to work this ground. He pointed out the mixed plantings, opposite the practice of mono-cropping, where the diversity of plants helps to foil pests. His fields are surrounded by hedgerows specifically planted to attract beneficial insects.


Fellow tourist Profesora Jacquelyn Contreras of Catholic University of Quito, currently working on her Ph.D in agroecology, explained that although the discipline has only been formalized in the past 30 years, the bodies of knowledge it draws from are as ancient as the indigenous presence in the Americas.


As we gazed out over the rows of healthy plants to the Andean foothills beyond, we began to sense the farm’s place in a long continuum — ancient knowledge to present well-being to future planetary health.

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Letters from Ecuador Part 4 - Organic and Fair Trade Diversity

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Friday, June 27, 2014 0 comments
This is part 4 of an eight part series contributed by Heifer Sacramento volunteer, Cheryl McKinney on her experiences visiting Heifer Ecuador projects in 2013.

Letter 4 - Organic and Fair Trade Diversity

We are still visiting the Heifer Ecuador projects in the Province of El Oro, banana capital of the world. On Carlos Cuenca’s organic fair-trade farm, besides raising banana for export, he grows an amazing diversity of fruits. The pods in the photo are cacao — the beginning of what ends up in your delicious chocolate bar. They redden as they ripen.


Check out this table overflowing with various bananas and citrus. All are local to this village, Muyuyacu.

The women of Muyuyaca have seen opportunities in this abundance. With Heifer Ecuador’s help, they have purchased chocolate processing equipment and are developing recipes for products. Marketing will be next. Fruit and chocolate: mmmmmmmm!

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Heifer Sacramento goes to the Farm!

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Monday, June 23, 2014 0 comments
Over the weekend, Heifer Sacramento celebrated with Helping Hands Produce at the Family Farm Fest. The family oriented festival was located at the spacious Davis Ranch in Sloughhouse. There were plenty of activities, demos, educational booths, bounce houses, musicians, dancers, educational skits, and Heifer!
Linda Eisenman poses Heifer questions to festival attendees.
JoAnn Peter and Cheryl McKinney are ready for Family Farm Fest goers.
We had a great time meeting new friends and talking about Heifer. Young artists enjoyed making their very own fans and spin the wheel for Heifer questions and prizes.

If you don't already know, Helping Hands Produce was created by the family that owns Davis Ranch Produce, the people that bring you Sloughhouse corn! Helping Hands Produce works with volunteers to pick, pack, and deliver excess unsold produce to feed the hungry in the Sacramento region. Groups and individuals can volunteer. Check them out and give them your support!

Thank you Helping Hands Produce for inviting Heifer to a fabulous farm festival!!
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Letters from Ecuador Part 3 - Heifer Ecuador

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Tuesday, June 17, 2014 0 comments
Letter 3 - Heifer Ecuador

Heifer Ecuador operates in a small country with diverse geography and ecosystems, social and ethnic groupings, and economic levels. Heifer staffer María Fernanda noted that due to human activity, the destruction of the natural ecosystem is accelerating. And the country has continued implementing national policies that are unfavorable to the smallholder farmers — even though the main reason that Ecuador has sufficient food is due to the existence of those very farmers, who fill the basic Ecuadorean food basket composed of potatoes, meat, oil, milk, rice and corn.


Given these realities, what is Heifer Ecuador to do? Here is some of what María Fernanda narrated:
     We believe in the capacities of the people.
     We support innovative initiatives that come from the smallholder perspective.
     We defend the right of smallholders to:
   produce, from the level of seeds onward;
   recover and maintain traditional knowledge;
   manage their own resources;
   have access to credit; and
   sell direct and locally to consumers.
     We work with community-level organizations of smallholders and indigenous people and with non-profits.
     We emphasize gender equity, as among women there are immense amounts of knowledge.
     We work in the central (Andean) and the western (coastal) provinces, not in the eastern (Amazonian) provinces.


The methods of Heifer Ecuador, broadly speaking, fall into these categories:
     Supporting agricultural production that is in harmony with nature and society — agroecology, for short.
     Managing natural resources also according to the principles of agroecology.
     Strengthening and empowering existing organizations. There is no reason to create another organization in Ecuador! We work with those grass-roots groups, which already exist. Passing-on-the-gift in the classic Heifer sense, as well as supplying seed money for member in the form of mini-loans, fit into this work.


We Heifer tourists had a lot to think about. Clearly Heifer Ecuador works in a complex country and matches its work to the complexity and demands found there.

Read more about:
 Ecuadorian newspapers highlights the work of Heifer Ecuador with rural producers.
 a Heifer Ecuador veterinarian that works with indigenous farmers and fishermen.
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Letters from Ecuador Part 2 - Bananas Organic and Fair Trade

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Wednesday, June 11, 2014 0 comments
Letter 2 – Bananas Organic and Fair Trade

We’re in the south coast of Ecuador: El Oro province is banana-landia, the world capital of commercial banana production. Most of the commercial fields are mono-cropped like this one by the highway. Most use lots of herbicides and pesticides: hazard to workers, burden on the ecosystem.


We visited a Heifer Ecuador project in the midst of El Oro province. In 2004, a plucky group of farmers formed a cooperative association, nicknamed AsoGuabo, to market organic, fair-trade bananas. When we visited, Heifer Ecuador was assisting them over the course of several years in several ways: organizational management, technical help with drip irrigation, a grant from which coop members could get micro-loans — oh, and gifted flocks of chickens, in Heifer style, to farming families. Here we make our way through one coop member’s mixed forest inter-planted with banana, the opposite of mono-cropping.


Carlos Cuenca, a farmer member of the coop, and Michael Calle, the coop manager, explain the fine points of processing bananas for the organic market. Besides managing pests, the farmers have to gauge ripeness exactly, trim them just so, float them in a water bath during handling so as to never bruise them, and pack the bananas in boxes weighing exactly 44 lbs.



It’s amazing to learn what goes into the bananas that we so casually buy and eat. Although there is no way to buy AsoGuabo bananas at home, we promised ourselves to seek out organic, fair-trade fruit, knowing now what that means to the organic, fair-trade farmers on the growing end of the transaction.

Read more about Heifer Ecuador empowering women entrepreneurs in El Oro. 
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Letters from Ecuador Part 1 - First Contact

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Friday, June 06, 2014 0 comments
This is an eight part article contributed by Heifer Sacramento volunteer, Cheryl McKinney on her experience visiting Heifer Ecuador projects in 2013.

Letter 1 - First Contact

It’s August 2013 and 11 volunteers from the U.S. (7 from the Sacramento area) are visiting Heifer International projects in Ecuador!

Heifer local staff, María Fernanda, educates us, outlining the work. Ecuador is geographically diverse with five ecozones: the Amazon basin of the Oriente, the páramo or high steppes of the Andes, the dry forests of the Andean foothills, the coastal lowlands, and the Galápagos islands. We will learn that rainfall is caught and stored in the páramo: “The Andes water the Amazon and all the other zones.”  These ecosystems all coexist within a small area, so that any human activity has impact.

Ecuador is culturally diverse: population of 15 million people, with 25 to 40 per cent of them indigenous, depending on who counts.


It is economically diverse: 70% of the people can be considered poor, while the top 5% receives 177 times the income as the bottom 5%. Rural poverty can be explained by the fact that the rich own the land. A middle class exists, but without a productive base; oil is the one main product of the country. The majority of middle class jobs are in the service sector.

So. Heifer Ecuador operates in this small country, diverse in geography, ecosystem, social and ethnic groupings, and economic levels. María Fernanda notes that due to human activity, the destruction of the ecosystem is accelerating. The national policies are unfavorable to smallholder farmers — even though the only reason Ecuador has sufficient food are due to the existence of those very farmers, who fill the Ecuadorean food basket with basics such as potatoes, meat, oil, milk, rice and hominy corn.


Given all this, what is Heifer Ecuador’s response? We hope to find out during our tour.

Our interpreter, Beto, doesn’t miss a beat, explaining it all in his unique Ecuadorean-Australian accent. 

This will be a grand week of discovery.
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Heifer Sacramento at Earth Day Activities

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Thursday, April 24, 2014 0 comments
Heifer Sacramento volunteers participated at several 2014 Earth Day celebrations at Southside Park and American River Junior College.

Earth Day was celebrated on a great day at Southside Park on April 18. It was a busy day with lots of interest in Heifer Sacramento's display. We brought our popular spinner with questions about Heifer Cornerstones (12 essential principles that guides Heifer's work). Right answers garnered a prize. The children enjoyed making and coloring bee bracelets and flower pops. We gave out post cards advertising our Sacramento celebration of Heifer International's 70th anniversary on October 18th. Great weather! Interested attendees! We were glad to be a part of the event!

Earth Day at Southside Park
For the first time, American River Junior College invited outside organizations to join their Earth Day event on April 23rd.  Heifer Sacramento volunteers, John Brewer, Cheryl McKinney and Kirk Fujikawa, had a grand time talking with attendees. The event was held in the Quad near the student center and library in a mostly shaded area from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.  The three of us were quite busy throughout this beautiful day. Many students were new to Heifer International and our volunteers were very happy to acquaint them with our amazing organization.  We used our Cornerstones spinner along with the related information to involve the students in dialogue.  The students were quite interested in and impressed with Heifer's work and left our table adorned with animal buttons, brochures and an invitation to our local celebration of Heifer's 70th Anniversary event in hand. This event was well worth our time and a repeat performance next year.

Earth Day at American River Junior College
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Sparking the Spirit of Giving

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Monday, March 17, 2014 0 comments
Miss Julia's morning class knows how to give.  And her afternoon class does, too.  Julia Neuhauser teaches two groups of children at the Citrus Heights State Preschool in Citrus Heights (a suburb of Sacramento), California. Both her morning and afternoon preschool classes saved their nickels, dimes and quarters, and each class save enough to each donate a flock of chicks to a family in need in another part of the world. 

Ms. Neuhauser said, "As a preschool classroom, I wanted to do a service project, because I think we need to start very early to build empathy and compassion."  Many families in poverty throughout the world struggle for resources to feed or educate their children.  When Ms. Neuhauser reached out to Heifer International about her preschool projects, she asked for a letter to read to her students to help them understand how, through their gift, they were helping a young child to go to school.  

Heifer was able to one better and sent a local Sacramento Heifer volunteer in Linda Eisenman to visit the classes. Linda presented a certificate of appreciation to each class and brought a small flock of chicks so that the children could see and touch what they have given.  Each flock of chicks the children donate will produce eggs, provide nourishment for families, and provide income so that, yes, the children in the families can go to school. Through "Passing On The Gift," a basic Heifer principle, the first family to receive the chicks will donate a flock of chicks to another family in the community, when offspring hatch from the first flock.  This gift continues and is passed on from family to family throughout the community, until all the children are nourished and incomes become stable to provide an education for all the children in the community.

A spirit of giving. Miss Julia's classes say "Pass it on."

Heifer Appreciation Certificate
Ms. Julia's students holding chicks.

 
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Rancho Cordova Kiwanis Donates to Heifer

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Saturday, February 15, 2014 0 comments
Feb. 2014 - The Rancho Cordova Kiwanis Club gave $100 to Heifer International, to celebrate their 70th anniversary and their work worldwide to end hunger and poverty. Kiwanis President John Buescher said, "Heifer International's goals are so similar to our own, and their programs are remarkably effective in lifting entire communities out of poverty." The mission of Kiwanis International is "Serving the Children of the World."

The Rancho Cordova Kiwanis Club has a long history of community involvement. The club founded the 4th of July Parade in Rancho Cordova, supports the Key Club (a youth leadership program at Cordova High School), participates in Kid's Day, provides breakfast at the Capital Airshow, lends support to a local girl scout troop, and supports the Folsom Cordova Unified School District with events throughout the year.

We are proud to have the Rancho Cordova Kiwanis' support in Heifer's work to improve children's lives. Heifer International acts a catalyst to help others help themselves. The donation of livestock improves nutrition for each member of the community, but is especially important to growing children. Income from excess animal products allows families to send children to school, purchase medicines, and save for the future.

Heifer Volunteer Linda Eisenman accepts donation from Kiwanis President John Buescher
2014 is Heifer International's 70th year in lifting families out of hunger and poverty while caring for the earth. Heifer's work has grown to benefit 20.7 million families in 40 countries. Stay tuned. This fall Heifer Sacramento will be holding a community celebration of Heifer International's 70th year.


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Passing on Gifts to Honor Generosity

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Friday, January 10, 2014 0 comments
Passing on The Gift© is far more than a handy catch phrase for Heifer International. It represents success of a family moving from recipient to donor, hope for a family to gain a sustainable livelihood, and continuation of the circle of lifting families up from hunger and poverty.  Heifer Sacramento had the opportunity to pass on a gift to acknowledge seven dedicated congregations in the Sacramento region that have provided exemplary support to Heifer International year-after-year. These seven congregations were chosen to receive Betty LaDuke artprints as gifts from Heifer International and Ms. LaDuke for their steadfast generosity and support of Heifer’s work. Presentations have been made to Carmichael Presbyterian Church, Fremont Presbyterian Church, and St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Pastor Ivan and Ms. Maria Segur with the Carmichael Presbyterian Church

 Amanda Jantz with the Fremont Presbyterian Church
Ms. LaDuke is a world renowned artist based in Ashland, Oregon. In her many trips to Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe with Heifer International, Ms. LaDuke has created body of work that embraces cultural understanding throughout the globe. Her work captures the hardships, beauty, and dignity of the people that Heifer International helps. 

Congratulations and Thank You to the dedicated congregations of Carmichael Presbyterian Church, Fremont Presbyterian Church, and St. John’s Lutheran Church for all you do to help lift lives around the world!

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Caroling for Cows Returns to Woodlake

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Thursday, January 09, 2014 0 comments
Neighbors and Heifer volunteers got together and sang holiday songs on a Friday evening (December 20th) in the Sacramento neighborhood of Woodlake. Starting at the Woodlake Swim Club, the group of 20 caroled for about an hour. Heifer friend Angela James brought bells and small instruments to accompany the caroling. We sang with gusto such familiar tunes as Frosty the snowman, Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and Winter Wonderland

In the spirit of the holidays, participants and neighbors made donations to Heifer International. For 70 years Heifer International has successfully worked to end poverty while caring for the earth. With extensive training, 20 million families have become self- reliant throughout the. Women become empowered and children have the opportunity to go to school.

Caroling for Cows 2013!
The carolers collected enough donations for a goat! The spirit of goodwill again returned to Woodlake!


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