The Patriots Celebrate Volunteerism
This Week we Celebrate Global Volunteerism!
For the week of Oct. 21, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will work in cooperation with Partners in Health, Grassroot Soccer and Earthwatch Institute.
How do volunteers around the globe make an impact?
Partners In Health
- Partners In Health is an organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of some of the poorest people in the world. For this reason, they run an incredibly lean organization – less than 7 percent of their revenues are spent on fundraising and administrative expenses. Ninety three cents of every dollar goes directly to lifesaving patient care.
- This means that they have very little extra staff capacity for simple office functions, donor stewardship, and other crucial tasks all organizations need to accomplish. They rely heavily on a committed contingent of volunteers and supporters for these tasks to get completed.
- We live in a global world where the future of those abroad is directly tied to our future
- Understanding and learning about other cultures creates a more peaceful world
- Global volunteers can bring unique skills and perspectives to the country in which they impact
- Disease knows no borders, so volunteering to improve global health makes an impact on all people
- Help protect animals and their habitats across the globe
- Provide vital funds for field scientists to carry out their work
- Make a personal difference in environmental sustainability
Congratulations to this week's "Patriots Difference Maker" – Lucky Mfundisi aka "Spider" Lucky Mfundisi aka "Spider "Volunteer, Grassroot Soccer
"I can walk down a street in Harare, the same street where I use to be scared to walk down before due to gangsters and violence, and hear guys yell out,'Hey coach' or 'See you at practice.'" –Lucky Mfundisi
For Lucky, age 26, being a Grassroot Soccer coach has not been merely a job; his passion and love for his work of teaching HIV prevention to young people has spread off the field and into own life, making an impact on the community of the Harare, Khayelitsha. Since joining GRS, Lucky has been trained in four Skillz HIV prevention curriculums. Lucky's impact has not been limited to the soccer field, or even to his teams, but has spread throughout the wider community. He says, "I have 40+ guys in the community who know me as a coach. I'm respected in the community, and it's a mutual respect, I like that. They see me doing something positive for Khayelitsha, in particular a vulnerable group of youth; and they support it, embrace it, and appreciate it." Providing hope and facilitating development within the Khayelitsha community, is what Lucky considers the true strength and impact of his and Grassroot Soccer's work. Lucky believes so much in Grassroot Soccer, its mission and what it is trying to accomplish, that he has taken the initiative to dedicate his time to recruit primary schools in his home area of Macassar, Khayelitsha to implement. Watch Lucky's Thank You Video from South Africa >>What volunteer opportunities around the globe can I pursue? Partners In Health
- Partners In Health Volunteer Nights: PIH hosts a once per month Volunteer Night at the PIH Office at 888 Commonwealth Ave in Boston, MA. Volunteers meet with PIH staff and hear an update from the field. They support work on tasks such as making thank you calls to recent supporters, assembling cholera vaccine tracking cards, and writing personalized thank you notes.
- PIH | Engage: an opportunity to build a team of volunteers in your community – your church, school, or workplace – and host events, do advocacy, and raise funds to help Partners In Health advance health and human rights around the world. Learn more here: http://act.pih.org/page/content/community-organizing
- Host a Grassroot Soccer tournament with your club or school; a fun day of soccer at your local fields while raising awareness and funds to fight HIV in Africa! For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you are about to graduate from college or a recent graduate, consider applying for a Grassroot Soccer volunteer internship abroad. For more info email email@example.com or visit www.grassrootsoccer.org
- Join one of the international field expeditions and help field research scientists conduct their work
- Help Earthwatch distribute collateral to local high schools/universities and other institutions
- Help at Earthwatch's Boston office with various departmental administrative work
Please visit their website at www.earthwatch.org
or contact James Fry at firstname.lastname@example.org
if interested in any of the above opportunities. The Patriots Charitable Foundation is proud to work in conjunction with Partners In Health, Grassroot Soccer and Earthwatch Institute for "Global Giveback Volunteerism Week." Partners In Health
Partners In Health works to bring health and social justice to poor communities in ten countries around the world, not as an act of charity but as the fulfillment of fundamental human rights. Through long-term partnerships with local governments and organizations, they provide comprehensive primary medical care services, as well as treatment for complex diseases like HIV and tuberculosis. Their work starts with medical care, but it doesn't end there. Fighting disease in impoverished settings means fighting the root of ill health: poverty. They work to provide food packages to needy patients and their families. They replace tumble-down shacks made of sticks and mud with modest but sturdy homes with tin roofs and concrete floors. They build reliable sources of safe drinking water for communities. They enable children to attend school. They provide access to training and support to help our patients return to their fields or to launch small businesses to help pull themselves out of poverty. Grassroot Soccer
Grassroot Soccer uses the power of soccer to stop the spread of HIV by empowering African youth to make life-saving decisions. By World Cup 2014, they will educate 1 million young people on how to live AIDS-free, healthy, productive lives. Grassroot Soccer is changing the course of AIDS by using the universal language of soccer to reduce stigma, increase education and empower young people to adopt healthy behaviors to prevent HIV. Their vision is a world mobilized through soccer to create an AIDS-free generation. Earthwatch Institute
Earthwatch's mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education in order to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. Grassroot Soccer volunteers pledge volunteer hours from South Africa:
Kimberley, South Africa
Khayelitsha, South Africa: Global Giveback Patriots
Difference Maker Coach Lucky with a Grassroot Soccer
Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, South Africa