Heifer International (HI) is a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to ending world hunger and poverty, and caring for the earth. HI provides livestock, trees, training, and other resources to help struggling families build sustainable futures. The recipients of the animals must "pass on the gift" of the first female offspring and training in environmentally sound agriculture to another family in need. In this manner, an endless cycle of transformation is set in motion as recipients become equal partners in ending poverty and hunger.
Mano a Mano International works in rural Bolivia building clinics, schools, roads, and irrigation projects, and provides airplanes for medical emergencies. Rich and Susan visited these projects on their recent trip to Bolivia. 95% of funds collected are spent on projects. The Caterpillar Foundation has given Mano a Mano a challenge grant- they will match any donations made by businesses (not individuals) through December 31, 2011, up to $225,000!
Rich Eyre worked with Heifer International in the Peace Corps 43 years ago in Bolivia and he can give testimony to its positive effects in those communities. In 1968, Rich worked in Bolivia with Joan Velasquez as a Peace Corps volunteer. She and her husband Segundo began Mano a Mano International 17 years ago to assist rural Bolivians with health care, economic development, and education. For her work, Joan received the Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service 2008 for continued work by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.
Garden Walk, June 20, 2013
Come to the 21st annual Woodstock Garden Walk. Visit 6 gardens and enjoy the picturesque Woodstock Square. This year's walk includes the fabulous conifer garden of a long-time customer of Rich's Foxwillow Pines Nursery. Sponsored by Woodstock Professional and Business Women. See www.wpbw.org for more details. Please inquire about tickets at the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce (815) 338-2436.
Conifer Society Meetings
Come network with the world authorities and enthusiasts on garden and dwarf conifers!
Central Region Meeting: June 21-22, 2013 Schaumburg IL