Week Four of our Serve Nashville blog series is focusing on ways in which we can serve the orphans and the widows, widows here in the greater Nashville area and orphans found worldwide. The two nonprofits that we are spotlighting today are both organizations doing incredible work in supporting and meeting this community at their points of need; Both Hands and the Hands and Feet Project.
Both Hands; One for the Orphan, one for the Widow. Both Hands is a nonprofit located right here in Nashville doing incredible, honest work in the name of raising money to support the high expense of adoptions by way of caring for and loving on widows in need of help with their homes.
As explained on its website, Both Hands works much like a 5K walk/run or golf fundraising event. Adoptive families apply and are approved for a project, and then enlist the help of their friends and community to form a team. This team then sends out personal, hand-written letters to their friends and community, asking for donations for one day as a sponsorship while they work on a widow’s home. The adoptive family is also responsible for touching base with local merchants and asking for donated supplies to use to clean, de-clutter, paint, and/or landscape the widow’s home. After all of these steps are accomplished, the adoptive family and their team spend a day laboring away at a widow’s home. (A widow is identified as someone in the community who is unable to maintain or upkeep his or her home by themselves.) 100% of the money raised goes toward the cause – the cost of the adoption, church adoption fund, or orphan care initiative. Nothing is taken out for the operating expenses for Both Hands.
So, how can you get involved with Both Hands this holiday season (or any time of the year)? The first way to get involved with Both Hands is to make a donation. If you visit their website here, you can make a one-time donation or also choose to provide monthly support. This is an easy way to lend a giving hand even if you don’t know of anyone participating in a Both Hands project. However, if you do have the desire to volunteer alongside this organization through a project, you can search for current orphan/widow projects in your area (Both Hands is based in Nashville, but serves in communities nationwide!). Area of volunteer need include project volunteers, orphan care project managers, event helpers, interns/office helpers, story tellers and more! Visit their website here to learn more about their year-round volunteer needs and to apply to help if this organization strikes a chord with you.
For more information including a schedule of upcoming projects nationwide, FAQs, videos, stories and more, visit the Both Hands website at www.bothhandsfoundation.org.
Hands & Feet Project
The Hands & Feet Project is another incredible nonprofit that is based out of Nashville, dedicated to providing long-term, family style care for orphaned and abandoned children. The Hands & Feet Project has a two-fold vision; first, striving to raise a generation of orphaned children who will grow up to reach their God-given potent ion and second, empowering first world citizens to partner with them in serve both at home and abroad.
The Hands & Feet Project has orphanages in both Jacmel and Grand Coave, Haiti. One of the main ways to support the mission of Hands & Feet is to sponsor a child with a $30 a month donation. However, Hands & Feet encourages its sponsors to join together with other sponsors to create what they like to call a ‘Family Room’ for each child sponsored. The goal is to have up to 10 sponsors band together in a Family Room to give $300 a month to their sponsored child. Sponsors are connected through a private Facebook group where Hands & Feet staff will post photos, updates and stories of the sponsored child and group members can lend support and prayer for each other and together for their child.
Why $30 each person, per month? Hands & Feet has determined after six years of caring for orphans that $270 per month, per child, is what it takes to cover the cost of food, utilities, healthcare, school and the Haitian child care staff. The remaining $30, or 10% of the monthly sponsorship, will be directed toward their children’s DREAM FUND. The DREAM FUND acts as their savings account, set aside for the children’s future financial jump-start. The DREAM FUND will be managed as one investment account benefiting all of their children upon their graduation from the Hands & Feet program. For more information about the Family Room style of child sponsorship, visit here or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It should also be noted that if you aren’t in the position to give monthly, there is also the option to give a one-time donation. Other ways to support the Hands & Feet Project include putting together a 5K Run/Walk to fundraise, sponsoring their missionaries, volunteering in Haiti or going on a mission trip with the Hands & Feet team. For more information about Hands & Feet and how you can get involved, visit its website here.
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