Hello all! I mentioned in the CGI post that we would be partnering with them before the end of the year for a volunteer opportunity. Well we got the date scheduled! I wanted to go ahead and post it, that way everyone interested could get it on their calendars!
Here are the details for the December Volunteer Opportunity.
Who: GLAM group and anyone who is interested!
Where: Center for Global Impact Store, 2650 Fairview Place Suite W, Greenwood.
What: We will be volunteering in the store at the Center Global Impact. We will be helping with pricing and inventory.
When: December 14th from 4-6pm
If you have any questions or need directions, feel free to contact Brittany or myself.
We are excited to volunteer at CGI and look forward to seeing all those who are interested!
Here are the details for the September Volunteer Opportunity.
Who: GLAM group and anyone who is interested!
Where: 50 S Belmont Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46217
What: We will be volunteering at Midwest Food Bank's warehouse.
When: November 22nd from 10am - 12pm
Our next volunteer opportunity will be at Midwest Food Bank. As a faith based organization it is the mission of Midwest Food Bank to alleviate hunger and poverty by gathering and distributing food donations to not-for-profits and disaster sites without cost to the recipients.
They are asking that everyone who volunteers wears sturdy, close-toed shoes like tennis shoes, casual clothing likes jeans and t-shirts, and dresses in layers with jackets or sweatshirts. We will be working in the warehouse or repackaging room and both can get cool in temperature.
There is also a volunteer waiver that each person needs to fill out and bring with them the day we volunteer. I couldn't get the waiver to attach so if you are interested in volunteering let Brittany or myself know and we will email you a copy.
This will be a great opportunity to volunteer while learning how Midwest Food Bank makes a difference!
Hello! I hope everyone is having a good week. I promised a more in depth post about Center for Global Impact, so I wanted to get that to you all for those who were interested in learning more!
Again, at our last GLAM meeting we had a speaker, Alicia, from Center for Global Impact.
Center for Global Impact, or CGI, is an organization that seeks to bring the Good News of Jesus to those in the grip of poverty and bondage. They do this practically by providing a pathway out of poverty through education, vocational training and business development. Primarily working in Cambodia, many of those they serve are victims of — or vulnerable to — human trafficking.
CGI hopes and prays for a future in which those they serve experience the freedom, dignity and fullness of life that comes when we enter into relationship with Jesus Christ.
Center for Global Impact empowers the poor, protects the vulnerable and shares the gospel.
Alicia went into great detail on how the organization was founded and what they were hoping to achieve. She explained how they came to focus on Cambodia and shared many success stories of their work.
CGI achieves it's mission through different projects that help empower and raise money for people in Cambodia.
One of these projects is the Imprint Program. The Imprint Project is an intensive 18-month life skills program that focuses on spiritual formation, general education and vocational seamstress training. One of its most successful projects is byTavi. byTavi is a design label named after a woman who sought out CGI for help to better herself and her family.When Tavi came to CGI in 2008, she found herself in a desperate situation. Her husband recently taken by AIDS, she was the sole caregiver of her two young children and an elderly aunt. Being HIV positive, she was weak and had no resources to sufficiently care for herself, let alone her family. Aware of her culture’s common acceptance of trafficking children to make ends meet, she desperately sought a better solution.She approached CGI and requested a sewing machine and seamstress training. Three short years after she began sewing pillow covers, she had inspired over thirty other women in her community to join a sewing team, whose products were to be labeled byTavi.
Today, the byTavi Workshop serves as much more than a vocational training project. Beyond seamstress training, CGI desires each woman to realize and reach her full potential. With this in mind, they develop promising young leaders through retreats and additional responsibilities in the workshop. In fact, the byTavi Project is fully managed by a team of women previously employed as seamstresses.
CGI also has a culinary training program. The Culinary Training Center is an 18-month training program that teaches kitchen and restaurant management skills to at-risk girls. Located in Battambang, Cambodia, the CTC is complemented by two CGI-operated restaurants: The Green Mango Café and Bakery and the Red Chili Mexican Grill. In addition to a culinary education, students gain service experience and employment in these two restaurants. The Red Chili, in particular, is designed to impart upper-level leadership skills to CTC graduates.
The last project Alicia explained, was CGI Kids. CGI kids is really cool because it allows kids to come up with ideas of things they can do and money they can raise here to send over to help in Cambodia. Kids get to choose what they want to do to raise money, and how they want the money spent. So one child, donated his birthday. He had everyone bring money for his CGI project instead of presents and he decided he wanted it to be used as playground equipment at a school in Cambodia.
All of these projects help raise funds and awareness to CGI's goal in Cambodia.
There is also a store here in Greenwood at the CGI location that sells byTavi and Imprint items. Perfect for us women! Alicia had some of the items at our meeting. I bought this gorgeous byTavi scarf.
Alicia's presentation was very informative and eye opening. We can't wait to pair with Center for Global Impact in December, More to come on that volunteer opportunity.
If you'd like to find out more information about CGI, go to centerforglobalimpact.org
Thanks again Alicia for coming and sharing all about the Center for Global Impact!
Hello all! Hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the nice weather. Our October meeting was on October 19th. I wanted to get the meeting notes out for those of you who were unable to attend.
This meeting was different than others because we didn't have a specific lesson. Instead, we had a speaker and a craft, with more of an open forum. It was fun to switch it up!
Our speaker was Alicia from Center for Global Impact. I will definitely do a more in depth write up on the presentation later this week, but it was very interesting. According to their website, CGI seeks to bring the Good News of Jesus to those in the grip of poverty and bondage. They do this practically by providing a pathway out of poverty through education, vocational training and business development. Primarily working in Cambodia, many of those they serve are victims of — or vulnerable to — human trafficking.
Alicia explained a lot of the different fundraisers and projects they do to obtain this mission. Her presentation brought a lot of awareness to the group. It was neat to hear of all the great things CGI is doing to make a difference. We hope to pair with CGI later this year for our one of our volunteer opportunities.
If you'd like to find out more information, go to centerforglobalimpact.org
Thanks Alicia for coming and sharing all about the Center for Global Impact!
After the speaker, Brittany read us a post from the blog "Girlfriends in God." It was about a choice that changes everything. Basically the story was about a woman who's family was in a waiting period while her husband's company went through a merger. They didn't know if he would keep his job or not. She explains that during that time they had to choose to trust in God no matter how much doubt and worry they had.
The author of the blog compared her story to the book of Ruth. In the book of Ruth, two women, Naomi and Ruth faced difficult circumstances and an uncertain future. Ruth remained loyal to her mother in law Naomi during hard times. God used this faithful friendship to bless the two women. Like Naomi and Ruth's story the blog author had to choose to trust God and stated, "Choosing to trust is essential. When we make the choice to trust God it changes everything."
From this story we learn that we can trust God by deciding in our hearts to remain faithful.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all the ways you acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."
Then we completed a Halloween activity. Since everyone loves pumpkins, Brittany handed out a pumpkin to each person and we were to write things on it that we are thankful for. Brittany said we could put the pumpkin up at work or home, somewhere we could look at it and be reminded of what we are thankful for, especially during trying times. We all have so much to be thankful for, but sometimes it is hard to call it out. Especially the little things. That's why this activity was perfect!
Our GLAM challenge is to read the book of Ruth by our next meeting. It's only 4 chapters!
I will add our next meeting and volunteer opportunities to the blog here soon as well as prayer requests.