October 12, 2016

I’m glad you asked!

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We’ve all been there. We feel like the orphan problem is so huge, we can’t possibly contribute in a meaningful way. What could one person possibly do to help when so many children are in desperate need?

I’m glad you asked!

As you probably know, friends of The Boaz Project (like you!) brighten orphans’ birthdays and Christmases through simple gifts. These modest presents let a child know he is noticed, he is worthy, and he is special.

Today, I’m writing to share some ideas of how you can multiply your efforts so they can go even further. You may not be able to fund Christmas gifts for an entire orphanage all on your own, but with some ingenuity and effort, you may be surprised at how much you can do!

Here are a few creative ideas of how you can contribute to making orphans’ Christmas the merriest. After reading these, you’ll likely be able to add your own.

  • That tuba that has been sitting in your closet since high school? Put it on eBay. When it sells, forward the proceeds to boazproject.org/OGB You’ll bring joy to several children…and have more closet space.

 

  • Throw an early Christmas party. Instead of bringing gifts to exchange, ask your guests to bring a donation to give a gift for an orphan. Send those donations our way, and we’ll be sure the gifts are delivered.
  • Leverage your business. If you have direct contact with customers, email Cathy at Cathy@boazproject.org and ask for a gift bank and sign you can place by a register. Customers can take part in brightening an orphan’s Christmas AND know that your company gives back.
  • Skip your Starbucks habit for two-four weeks and donate the savings.
  • Ask you Sunday School class, class at school, MOPS group, Boy Scout troop, small group, dinner club, play group or colleagues to join you. Set a goal for how many children you’d like to provide gifts for, and see if they can help you get there.
  • Encourage your friends on Facebook to match your gift for orphans AND create a temporary profile picture. Just visit facebook.com/boazproject and look for the first post, then click the “try it” button. Don’t forget to add the boazproject.org/OGB url to your profile picture description.
  • Hold a garage sale and let your customers know the money they spend will be helping to provide gifts for orphans through The Boaz Project. You can raise funds and spread the word all at the same time!
  • Offer to do a side job: change someone’s oil, mow their grass or clean their house for a donation to boazproject.org/OGB
  • Ask your family to skip a meal out and donate the savings instead. Your kids will feel good knowing they helped another child who will otherwise have no gift at Christmas.
  • Recruit some friends to help you put on a car wash and see how many gifts you could provide after one afternoon outdoors.

Every gift of $30 provides a hand-delivered Christmas or birthday gift (including a gospel tract or presentation) for an orphan who would otherwise not receive any present. This is more than a material gift—it is the gift of attention and love.

Make your contribution at www.boazproject.org/OGB

Believing in miracles,

April Jurgensen
Founder/Executive Director

P.S.—Just remember…for us to guarantee gift delivery by Christmas, please make your donation by Nov. 21st.

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Level 1

Learn about the mission and vision of The Boaz Project through activities such as watching an Encounter webinar, exploring our website, and following us on social media. You will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with your Orphan Advocate Training Coach, who will help you as you go through the levels.


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Gain more insight into the realities of the orphan crisis through reading "The Orphan’s Abba" and visiting The Boaz Project YouTube page. You will also meet The Boaz Project staff.


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Enhance your knowledge of healthy attachments for orphans, watch a webinar about Eastern Europe’s institutional orphanage system, and visit the Boaz office virtually or in person.


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Utilize all of the knowledge you have gained throughout training to develop methods based on your personal experience to share the mission and vision of The Boaz Project with others. Read a portion of our first level Houseparent Trauma Training and use your unique skills to impact orphans with a special project. Completing Level 5 gives you the option to apply to become an OAT Coach and/or a Regional Coordinator for The Boaz Project.

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Do I have to live near Greenwood, Indiana to complete the training?

No! This certification is intentionally created to allow opportunities for anyone in any location to fully participate.




How much of a time commitment is it?

This is completely up to you. The entire process is self-directed. There are no deadlines, and you may take as much or as little time as you need to complete each course.




Can I do this training with my spouse? Or a friend?

Yes! Going through the training with a spouse or friend can provide accountability and motivation. As you progress, you may be able to accomplish more together!




How much will it cost?

All Orphan Advocate Training courses are free to join! While you may choose to spend money while completing some projects, there are only minimal costs involved (such as a book or a few supplies) depending on which course you choose to do.




Is there an age requirement to become a Certified Orphan Advocate Trainee?

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What if I don’t have any social media accounts?

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If I complete the five-level Orphan Advocate Training Certification, can I put it on my resume or LinkedIn profile?

Yes! When you complete each level, you will receive a certification that you can use to enhance your professional profile and to show involvement in community service.




Will I be able to get a signed letter to verify my volunteer hours?

We are sorry that we cannot verify volunteer hours that are done outside of the office or an event due to the fact that these hours are not supervised. However, we can write about the quality of work that was done, your commitment level, and the training courses achieved. We can also say that your self-reported, unsupervised hours fit into the typical number of hours that are usual for that course.




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