Happy Holidays! As we close out the year 2010 - and the decade, as well - it is mind-blowing to think of all that has happened since the start of the millennium. GRO has been in existence for a mere three years and we are about to conduct our 11th delegation in India. ELEVENTH. We've made a positive impact on the lives of over 150 delegates, not to mention the lives that those delegates have impacted. The ripple effect of our "inspiration is contagious / pay it forward" philosophy continues to motivate us every day and make our work worthwhile.
The greatest source of support comes from our public at large. Without the support of family and friends, our delegates could not participate in our programs. Without the generous donations, volunteer hours, and manpower of our respective communities, GRO could not continue to thrive as it does.
Secure in the proof-of-concept for our organization, the year of 2011 will be the year that GRO finally "arrives." Our goal is to fundraise, fundraise, and fundraise some more! The to-do list includes lowering program fees to make it possible for more delegates to participate, subsidizing costs as much as possible for our host delegates, and providing annual insurance for our staff. Also on our long list of "wants" this holiday season: shore up our general operating fund and begin adding new programs and countries to our roster, as the waiting list is GROing. We want to continue in our mission and vision by providing resources for as many international deaf communities as we can.
With this newsletter, and in the spirit of the holiday season, we are pleased to launch our 2011 Fundraising Drive. To start off, GRO requested the kind favor from former delegate and long-time GRO supporter, Wyatte Hall (India Bangalore '07), to create a mosaic that symbolizes the true spirit of GRO. Needless to say, the result of his endeavor on the adjoining page is beautiful! To make this fun, we invite all of you to visit puzzle.globalreachout.org to "buy" a piece for $10 and fill in the puzzle collectively. Our awesome webmaster, Jeff Fredrickson, worked hard to make this portal easy to use! You can either sign in with your Twitter/Facebook account, or sign up for a new account to donate.
There are other ways to donate as well. We have a DONATE! tab on our website. Some of our staff members are armed with Square card readers to accept credit/debit card payments in person. Cash/checks can be sent to our mailing address at the bottom of our website. You can also attend a GRO event to learn more about our organization. If you are interested in hosting an event in your own city, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to receive a fundraising kit!
Last but not least, we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to our staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, and our other Friends of GRO. To describe all that they do would make this introduction extremely long and we would not even begin to scratch the surface. The hours they work are long and entirely voluntary - but the work they do does not go unnoticed. They all deserve a round of applause and a pat on the back!
Please do take the time to look through this newsletter, our website, become a fan on Facebook or Twitter, and better yet, apply to become a GRO delegate or volunteer to help GRO somehow! There's still time to make 2011 New Year Resolutions, and one of the greatest resolutions a person can make is to give back to his/her community. It's been a great year, you've all been amazing, and we look forward to what 2011 brings!
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