It's pretty amazing what a small group of friends with a big concern can do to help solve a problem.
In 1999, following visits to the VAMOS! projects (schools and community centers serving poor children in Cuernavaca, Mexico), members and friends of First Congregational church in San Rafael, California made a pledge to raise as much money as they could to help feed the kids in the VAMOS! centers.
We decided to call our project Every Dollar Feeds Kids (EDFK). EDFK works cooperatively with VAMOS!, an independent multi-program non-profit serving the poorest of the poor in Mexico (vamos.org.mx).
With only 75 members, our hearts were big but our purses were small. We knew that just by ourselves, we wouldn't be able to do all that much to help VAMOS!
VAMOS! currently supports 82 separate educational, health and nutrition projects in the Cuernavaca region. EDFK funds the food service programs for several of the feeding programs within the VAMOS! network.
As most every "friend of EDFK" now knows, by expanding our circle of "friends" to include other churches, foundations, community donors, and our own fund raising events, EDFK has now provided more than $500,000 to pay for over a million meals for hungry VAMOS! kids.
Following the VAMOS! model, we have never spent a single dollar for overhead.
We hope that every reader of this website will think of other churches or community groups or individuals that can join us in having the satisfaction of directly feeding hungry kids and celebrating the joy of really making a difference in the lives of hundreds of poverty stricken children and their families.
We are, of course, a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax exempt organization. We are anxious to tell the EDFK story to any person or group interested in becoming a "friend" of EDFK.
For information about how this tiny church has organized itself to meaningfully support VAMOS!, contact EDFK at 8 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, California 94903. Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, our website is www.EveryDollarFeedsKids.org and our telephone contact number for information or a speaker is 415 479-2747.
Donations can be sent to the above address, or through the Paypal link on our website.
Portions of this website will provide glimpses of the actual work going on in the VAMOS!/EDFK community centers: the feeding programs, the educational work, and the health programs.
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