Hello Friends!
We hope everyone in the United States is having a great Memorial Day weekend!  If you or someone you love has a friend or family member who laid down their life in service to the military, we thank you!  The freedom we have should never be taken for granted.  It was earned for us by the tremendous sacrifice made by those who gave all.
There is much momentum gathering at VivaKids!  We wanted to write to you today to share three exciting announcements as the unofficial beginning of summer is upon us.
At approximately 8:00pm on Monday evening, we will have A NEW WEBSITE. Our current site has served us faithfully since the sponsorship program began in 2010, but it was long past time for a change!  The goal of our new website is to be the center of communication for everything happening at VivaKids.  From info on why we do what we do and how we do it, to pictures, videos, and updates from the centers we support, this new site will be an ever-changing hub of information.  When you have some time, please come and explore!
As part of the new website, we will also have a NEW SPONSORSHIP PORTAL for everyone who sponsors children through VivaKids. When you log-in through the website, you will be able to manage your sponsorship, communicate with your child, and do much, much more.  Log-in details and additional information on the portal will be coming to you soon, by separate communication.  This capability promises to further facilitate building a relationship with your child.
Finally, and this is something we really want you to get excited about, we are officially announcing the launch of “THE 100 DRIVE”. As you may already be aware, one of our initial priorities is to get to a point where 100% of your child sponsorship dollars, goes to the center that your child attends.  In addition, we absolutely need to build capital expense funds for the centers to deal with the unexpected repairs and upgrades that frequently arise.  To accomplish both goals, we are looking for organizations and businesses that want to partner with us as a VivaChampion or VivaPartner.  When we can find partners that are willing to commit to supporting us on a recurring basis, we can cover our overhead and build these capital expense funds, while 100% of child sponsorship dollars goes directly to the center!  You can read all about this plan on the new website under the “How We Handle Your Support” link and the “Stay and Help” section of the website.
The 100 Drive will work like this:  For the 100 days of summer, we will work to get 100% of the child sponsorship dollars going to the center they attend by finding 100 new organizational partners, this will make it easy to find 100 new child sponsors, and with all the excitement and everyone talking about it we can get 100 new social media followers.  What’s in it for you? Glad you asked.  For every partner you bring us, you get an entry to win a FREE Vacation with a Purpose trip to join us in October AND the organization that partners with us, also gets an entry!  Same thing for the child sponsorships.  For every child you get sponsored, you get an entry to win a trip AND the person sponsoring gets an entry.  Now here’s the catch.  To trigger the drawing of the trips, we have to meet our goals.  SO, we will only give away the trip for the organization partner recruiting IF we achieve 100 new partners.  We will only give away the trip for the child sponsor recruitment, IF we obtain 100 new child sponsorships.  The idea here is to recruit all these new partners and sponsors for the benefit of the children centers.  It wouldn’t make sense to give away the trips if we don’t achieve that goal.
100 days! 100 partners! 100 child sponsors! 100% to the centers! 100 followers!
I hope you will all get excited to go out and improve the situation of our partner children centers by recruiting as many new partners and sponsors as you can.  The kids need you.
And there you have it!  Three very exciting announcements to kick-off what will prove to be an incredible summer for our efforts to provide HOPE FOR TOMORROW through supporting the hard work that these centers are doing in the barrios of the Dominican Republic.  Work your circle of influence, because your friends and family will care about what YOU care about.  We all need to work together to RAISE AWARENESS THAT LEADS TO ACTION.
Lets do this together!
Bill & Marsha
Executive Directors