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Birdies for Charity

Villa Hope is excited to participate in Regions Charity Classic, Birdies for Charity fundraising program!

You have the opportunity to make Villa Hope a BIG winner by making a pledge of $0.02 or more per birdie or making a flat pledge of $15 or more. Villa Hope will receive every single penny of the donations generated on our behalf! Additionally, you have the chance to win great prizes when you pitch in to help us!

To create additional excitement, the Regions Tradition is giving you the chance to “Guess the Birdies” that will be made during the tournament by the Champions Tour Players! The donors who guess the correct amount of birdies are entered into a drawing to win the “Stay & Play Package” at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, FL! It is expected that around 900 birdies are going to be made based on past tournaments. There will also be weekly participation surprises every Friday for all donors with great prizes such as restaurant gift certificates, tickets to local sporting events, and even a $1,000 gift certificate to Diamonds Direct!

Why is your pledge important? The top ten organizations that raise the most money will receive additional funds from the Regions Tradition thanks to “Bonus Bucks” Sponsor, Red Diamond. The top 10 charities get “Bonus Bucks” with the top charity receiving $10,000 from the Regions Tradition.

Help us make that goal by pledging here –Birdies for Charity


Call to Action – Urgent

We Are The Truth


A Campaign and Call to Action

The outrageous treatment of Artyem by his adoptive family has rightfully resulted in outrage by the Governments of Russia and the United States and all who care about children. The tragedy has cast a light on intercountry adoption that says it is not safe, the system failed and adopted children cause insurmountable problems. The heartbreak of Artyem Saviliev’s abandonment has once again elevated a singular incident to a level which may result in the suspension of  intercountry adoption. Suspending adoption, even temporarily, will only cause thousands ofchildren to suffer the debilitating effects of life in an orphanage.

You, the community of adoptees, adoptive parents, adoptive grandparents, child welfare professionals and child advocates know that the outrageous and indefensible actions of one parent are not indicative of how children are treated by adoptive families. You know that families who encounter difficulties do not simply abandon their child. You know that help is available, that solutions are found and that families can thrive. And you know that suspending adoption does not protect children but only subjects them to the depravity of an institution…and an entire life without a family.

You, the adoption community know the truth. You live the truth. You are the truth. Join our campaign to bring the truth to light and help children in need find a permanent and safe family.

You, the adoption community know the truth. You live the truth. You are the truth.

Join Joint Council on International Children’s Services campaign to bring the truth to light and help children in need find a permanent and safe family.

What You Can Do

1) Sign the letter to President Medvedev and President Obama: The letter asks both Presidents to ensure that intercountry adoption continues uninterrupted and to aggressively investigate and prosecute anyone involved in the abuse of children. You can sign anytime, but doing so before Tuesday night would help us get the letters to both Presidents before President Medvedev leaves the U.S. To sign the letter, click here.

2) We Are The Truth – an adoption blogger day: To ensure the world knows about every successful adoption, on Thursday, April 15, 2010 blog about your adoption or the adoption of someone you know. It doesn’t matter if your adoption is with Russia, domestic or otherwise international. Let the world know your truth!

3) Tell Your Truth with Video – make sure the world sees, hears and feels the thousands of successful adoptions from Russia by

a. Send Joint Council your successful Russian adoption video via email to alexa.m@jcics.org.

i. Video should be a maximum of 3 minutes.

ii. A release must be sent to Joint Council or we cannot accept your video.  For a copy of the release, click here.

b. Joint Council will translate the video into Russian and post it on our YouTube Channel.

 4) Tell Your Truth with Words and Photos

a. Send Joint Council your successful Russian adoption story via email to alexa.m@jcics.org. Send us your stories through:

i. Photos (please do not send more than 10)

ii. Essays (maximum 500 words)

iii. A release must be sent to Joint Council or we cannot accept your story and/or pictures. For a copy of the release, click here.

b. Joint Council will then compile the stories and pictures, translate them into Russian and post them on our website and/or blog.

5) Share Your Truth

a. Joint Council will post, forward and share your stories via Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. Joint Council will be updating our YouTube Channel and Facebook page as the stories get compiled and translated, please subscribe to us on YouTube, Twitter and Fan us on Facebook.

b. You do the same by posting on your Facebook, Twitter, blog and website!

Want to help more?

  • Are you willing to speak to the media about your Russian adoption? If so, please email betheanswer@jcics.org with the following:

o Your name(s)

o City, State of residence

o Contact Phone Numbers

o Contact Email

o Short 4 sentence bio about your adoption

  • Do you speak Russian?

o We are in need of individual volunteers who can help our staff translate the videos and text quickly. If you are interested in helping, email Joint Council at intern@jcics.org.

  • Do you live in the Alexandria, VA area?

o Joint Council is in need of short term volunteers over the next two weeks, email rebeccah@jcics.org if you would like to volunteer.

 

 

Call to Action

Families for Orphans Act

Four Things You Can Do?

 

 1. Let Your Voice Be Heard

Call or e-mail to your Members of Congress asking them to become Co-Sponsors of the Families for Orphans Act. You can find your Representative at

“As one of your constituents I am requesting that you support the “Families for Orphans Act” by becoming a Co-Sponsor of the legislation now. We would be better prepared to respond to the needs of orphans in Haiti if the leadership it calls for was already in place.  We ask that you stand up for the millions of children around the world growing up in orphanages without the love and support of a permanent family. For information on becoming a Co-Sponsor, please contact Senators Landrieu or Inhofe or Representatives Watson or Boozman.”

2.      Demand Action

 Call or email the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  Ask them to pass the Families for Orphans Act.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Phone: (202) 224-4651
Chairperson’s Email:

House Foreign Affairs Committee Phone: (202) 224-4651
Chairperson’s Email:
click here

3. Speak with One Voice

Sign the Families for Orphans Act petition and join forces with Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS), Villa Hope, and other adoption advocates and adoptive families.  To sign the petition developed JCICS by click here.

4.   Get The Word Out

Have a blog?  A Facebook page?  Do you Tweet?  How about an email account?  Send this Call To Action to those who care about children.

Villa Hope Winter Newsletter 2009

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Villa Hope Spring Newsletter 2010

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