Dear friends, family and random strangers who stumble upon my blog,
As most of you know by now, I was informed a couple weeks ago that I am one of the thousands of Intel employees being laid off this month. I have decided to take some time off to travel before looking for a new job, and I have a request for all of you.
One of the highlights of my travels will be 6 weeks spent doing volunteer work with children in Dharamsala. The town is in northern India across the border from Tibet, where the Dalai Lama and many other Tibetan refugees live. I will be volunteering through Cross-Cultural Solutions, a non-profit volunteer organization that places volunteers in countries around the world for a variety of community development projects.
All Cross-Cultural Solutions programs are run solely by volunteer contributions, and therefore each program has a fee. The fee for this six-week program, including all meals, lodging, travel medical insurance and in-country transportation, totals $3,576. I am fundraising to help cover the fee, and I hope you will help with a contribution. If you can spare $100, $50, even $20, it will help me achieve this dream and help support a community in need.
If you would like to contribute, please visit www.crossculturalsolutions.org/makepayment by Dec. 1, and reference my e-mail address (btgrimes99 at yahoo.com). Please notify me of your contribution, so that I can track it here for everyone to see my fundraising progress. If you choose to lend your support to this cause, you'll be pleased to know that all contributions are 100% U.S. tax-deductible.
Should you have questions about the volunteer program, please contact me or call Cross-Cultural Solutions at 1-800-380-4777. Your support is greatly appreciated. I look forward to sharing this extraordinary experience with you here on my blog.
Thank you in advance,