Hope is the Spark that Changes Lives

By Ron Adams, Teacher and Acting National Director of ODWUSA

Yesterday, the Operation Days Work USA (ODWUSA) presentation delivered by four girls in grades 7 & 8 brought tears to the eyes of 31 teachers and school librarians who attended the "To Light the World" Conference at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The kids explained how enormous the challenges are facing peers in countries like Zimbabwe where you do such incredible, life-saving work. To achieve this objective of discovering the huge discrepancy which exists globally in terms of where you are born, the students passed out charts listing the life expectancies of males and females in every country of the world.

I know we should treasure all moments in life, all the bits that come to us throughout our days and hours.  Yet, sometimes, there are specific moments that take on a bit more brilliance and that inspire me deeply.  If I am lucky, I get a chance to savor these moments, to take them in, to remember them.  Yesterday, I had two such moments take place – TWO!! What a gift!

by Rachel Johnson

At first glance, Lebanon Valley College senior Tito Valdez would not seem to have much free time. In addition to his studies, he serves in a number of leadership roles on Lebanon Valley’s campus, including President of Student Government, President of the Senior Class, President of the Lebanon Valley Educational Partnership, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, a Resident Assistant, a College Center Desk Supervisor, a student worker at the Student Affairs Office, and involvement with intramural basketball, the Pallas Society, and membership on the Diversity Action Committee.  This is in addition to his coursework and planning for his life after graduation. 

Isabel, Thandeka and ThabelaniIsabel Dube is a sickly widow who has been looking after Thandeka and Thabelani since the death of their parents a few years ago.  This family received three goats last year as part of our Livelihoods Project. Sadly, one goat died of tick-borne disease and the family thought their project was collapsing.  But, thankfully, the other two goats gave birth and, presently the family has four healthy goats. Thabelani is so excited about the kids who he says are adorable and full of energy. He went further to say, "when the other goat died, it was very painful to me and I thought our project was failing.  Seeing these kids has renewed my hope and I know that with proper care from us, this project is going places and that we will be fine."

The last Bonus Challenge starts today....

The non-profit team that gets the most donations this week gets $10,000 for their organization.

And, the VIP ticket contest this week is so easy. All you have to do to win is give at least $10 to AFCA. With just a $10 donation to AFCA, you're automatically entered to see Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer at the Global Citizen Festival.

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American Foundation for Children with AIDS

Bonus Challenge #4 starts today...

The non-profit team that raises the most by September 17th at 12pm ET wins an extra $10,000 for their cause.

And, Crowdrise has got a super great VIP ticket contest too. The non-profit team that wins the Bonus Challenge also gets the VIP Global Citizen Festival tickets. Amazing.

So, if AFCA raises the most, we'll get $10k plus the VIP tickets which we'll raffle off to raise even more to help even more kids!.

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American Foundation for Children with AIDS

Bonus Challenge #3 starts today and this one's all about speed...

The first non-profit team to raise $2500 from 10 unique donors by September 10th at 12pm ET wins an extra $10,000 for their cause. If a non-profit team raises at least $2500 from at least 10 donors on day one, the contest is over. So, you gotta act fast.

And, everyone who raises at least $100 for your cause this week gets automatically entered to win 2 VIP tickets to see Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer at the Global Citizen Festival.

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American Foundation for Children with AIDS

As you know, we're competing in an amazing campaign called the #STARTARYOT Challenge sponsored by the news site, We're out to win the grand prize of $75k. Plus, each week they're giving all participating Non-Profit Teams a chance to win a bonus $10,000. We're definitely out to win.

As a crazy extra bonus, RYOT is also throwing in 2 VIP on-stage tickets to the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park featuring Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys, and John Mayer. So amazing.



We're part of an amazing campaign called the #STARTARYOT Challenge sponsored by, a revolutionary news site that gives every story a related action. RYOT is putting up a grand prize of $75,000 to the charity that raises the most money during a 5-week charity competition and we're going to be fundraising like mad to win.

Plus, any charity that raises at least $1000 this week, will be entered to win an extra $10,000. Amazing, right? We gotta do this.


AFCA is participating in an online challenge called the #StartARYOT.   (RYOT* is a unique sort of on-line news organization with a social conscience)  RYOT will be making HUGE donations to the three charities who raise the most donations during their challenge - $75k for first place, $50k for second and $25k for third.  We sure would like to be one of the top three charities, and we need your help in order for this to happen!

So, want a chance to win some cool prizes while helping a very worthwhile organization at the same time??  Who wouldn’t?!?!  Well, here’s how to do it:

By Betsy Dorsey, Warehouse Manager (volunteer)

The American Foundation for Children with AIDS has a warehouse in Lebanon, PA, from where hundreds of volunteers sort, inventory, package and ship medical supplies and equipment to AFCA’s partners in various countries in Africa.  This Medical Supply Surplus program helps clinics and hospitals who would otherwise not have the sutures, needles, syringes, beds, wheelchairs, ultrasound machines, etc in order to care for their patients.  Thousands of patients benefit from these items!   Another benefit from our sending these items is that we are keeping good items out of the landfills.

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