Some organizations are gigantic; it’s easy to get swallowed up by the enormity and feel that, despite all your efforts, you haven’t made a dent. But when you volunteer with Orphans Africa, your efforts will have a direct, measurable effect on our six school programs and the orphans and widows whom we serve. You’ll be able to hear the stories of how you made a difference! If your passion is to help those in need, to be the change, consider becoming a volunteer with Orphans Africa.
3 ways you can help:
Fundraising is central to our work at Orphans Africa. Simply put, without funding, we can’t do much of anything. OA needs enthusiastic people who are willing to raise funds to help the orphans and widows of Tanzania. This can be done right in your own community, whether individually, within a family unit, a church, a school, or a civic club. Already we’ve had many generous people (including children!) raise funds and awareness. Here are a few ideas on how you can raise funds to support Orphans Africa. Whatever you decide to do, please let us know about it as far in advance as possible. We may be able to help you with promotion.
Organize a community or church BBQ, pool party, music fest, or similar.
Start a “pocket change drive” at your school or church. All pocket change for one year goes into the OA jar.
Organize a car wash or bake sale.
Organize an auction with goods and services donated by local businesses, or hold a yummy dessert auction!
Throw a home party! (How about a coffee-tasting party . . . or a Victorian tea party? Use your imagination!)
2. Spread Awareness
As important as fundraising is, it really is incomplete without educating people about OA and the work we do. The outcomes of the above fundraising activities are enhanced when you also share information about OA. Besides the fundraising activities listed above, what follows are some ideas and resources on how to spread awareness.
Speak at your local civic organization, such as a Rotary Club or Lion’s Club.
Speak at your local church, synagogue, temple, or mosque.
If you’re in school, ask permission to speak to your class. We find that children make incredible advocates, especially when they’re advocating for other children!
Write an article about OA and submit it to your community or school newspaper.
Blog about OA.
Create an OA display booth at your next community event.
3. Sew, Sew, Sew
Do you love to sew? Form an Orphans Africa Chapter in partnership with DAYS FOR GIRLS.