Tire Repairs in Togo

 

Back in April, we heard about the Hospital of Hope in Mango, Togo, West Africa that was in need of some help in acquiring a tire machine. This tire machine would be used by the hospital staff and local community residents to maintain the few vehicles they have in their remote location. The roads are very rough and the wear and tear on tires is significant.  The journey required to get new replacement tires and parts literally takes months.

 

GCF partnered with O’Reilly Auto Parts to purchase the tire machine and get it loaded onto the truck for it’s long journey from central Iowa to Togo.

In July, we heard that the tire changer made it to the main hospital and was on the last leg of it’s journey! It’s took from April to July to get there.

 

We hope it eases the burden of the residents in the community to make their lives just a little easier.

September Baseball with the Miracle League

GCF volunteers once again spent a Saturday afternoon playing baseball at the Kiwanis Miracle League in Des Moines, IA.

Saturday, September 23rd was a hot one, but it didn’t stop the fun!  Volunteers were in the field as buddies of players assisting, as needed, to ensure everyone were able to play ball.

This has become a favorite volunteer day for us.  Everyone leaves with a smile from participating with these enthusiastic players and their pure enjoyment of the game.

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A Compassionate Thanksgiving

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As many of us spend time with our families and share a meal together on Thanksgiving, let’s all remember there are many people in our community, state, country, and world who are less fortunate.

Some may not have family close by, others may not have enough money for a meal and others have nowhere to live.

Let’s all give thanks for all we have today, and start a conversation at the family table on how we can show compassion for others and lend a hand to our fellow human beings.

Rockin’ It at 10,000 Feet

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GCF volunteers from Iowa, Texas, Florida and Colorado spent part of their vacation helping Summit County and the Town of Breckinridge Open Space and Trails organization build the Wirepatch Trail. We all have a new appreciation for those park trails used to enjoy our natural habitat.

Angels In the Outfield

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GCF volunteers spent part of their Saturday of Memorial Day weekend playing baseball at the Kiwanis Miracle League in Des Moines, IA.

 

Eighteen of us had the pleasure of sharing in the delight and enthusiasm of the Miracle League players, family and supporters. Some of us were buddies of the players, others helped in the concession stand. Although our two youngest volunteers, Kai and Rylee, couldn’t help on the field, they helped pick-up trash and keep things tidy.

 

For anyone wanting a volunteer experience where you get as much as you give, this is a wonderful place to do it. The interaction and genuine fun of helping these kids play baseball is a great pleasure.

A GCF Trifecta!

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One of our younger volunteers, Kai, helps sort cans and bottles donated by John Deere.

 

A triple bonus!

♥ Helping the earth

♥ Helping GCF with funds

♥ So we can keep helping those in our communities who need it.

 

What’s not to love about that?

Lending a Hand

DSC_0003On Saturday, April 18, GCF assisted a dear friend and supporter. Jerry lost his wife this winter after a series of health issues and asked for our help in moving and organizing her sewing, cross-stitching, quilting, and craft supplies and tools. We tackled the task with gusto, support, compassion, and love; with even the youngest volunteers doing their share to complete the job with enough time to visit awhile before leaving. The supplies and tools will be sold in a garage sale with the proceeds being donated later this spring.

Photo taken by Joleen Vento

Field Trip Day for Shelter Dogs

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During their vacation in Kauai, two of our volunteers, Becky and Kelly, had the opportunity to volunteer with the local Humane Society. The Kauai Human Society offers a shelter dog field trip program. With this program, volunteers are able to take shelter dogs that are spayed/neutered and over 6 months old out for the day. By providing these field trip experiences for these shelter dogs, the animals receive exercise and affection, while the volunteers have an amazing experience exploring the island with a fun loving dog. The dogs are provided with ‘Adopt Me’ vests that are worn and help advertise the pet for adoption outside of the shelter. Our volunteers met Myra and Sienna and took them out for a day of seeing the island. Myra and Sienna were great sightseeing partners. They enjoyed a walk in a local park and lunch by the water. Becky shared, “It was an amazing experience sharing our vacation with these special dogs and this great program.”

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