I will be joining a team from IREM Region 3, travelling to the Dominican Republic on a service mission trip from November 1 – 8, 2014. We will be working through Cambiando Vidas, to help improve the life of a deserving Dominican family.
Cambiando Vidas is about people helping people...and realizing that by helping other people you're also helping yourself. That's why a key part of C.V. is volunteer work teams -- a dozen or more people who decide to put their hard earned money to work and dedicate man hours to provide a decent home for a very appreciative and deserving Dominican family.
Cambiando Vidas is a U.S. based, 501(c)(3) organization, building international partnerships through the construction of houses for financially troubled families in the Dominican Republic. Cambiando Vidas is dedicated to the belief that every human being should have access to all of life’s essentials – shelter, food, clothing, education, and the opportunity to realize one’s full potential and ambitions.
The organization builds small, safe, affordable, concrete-block homes that are strong enough to survive hurricane-force storms. In addition to providing capital and labor, international build teams work hand in hand with the recipient families and community volunteers who provide much of the “sweat equity”.
By the end of the week-long build, this unique mixing of concrete, people, and cultures reveals that people are more alike than different, and that a house is much more than a collection of concrete, metal, and wood.
Cambiando Vidas is not a charity. Every house remains the property of Cambiando Vidas until the new homeowner pays the mortgage in full. The houses remain affordable because they are made primarily with volunteer labor and the mortgages are interest free. Cambiando Vidas encourages sustainable economic development to work toward community self-sufficiency.
As part of my participation in this effort, I'm required to raise $1,200. Your tax-deductible donation of any amount would be a great help toward reaching my goal.
I will think of you proudly as I bravely hammer in nails and stack cement blocks.
Thank you so much for your support!
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