Change the World Volunteer Fundraising Program
Sample letters for you to modify and use.
First time volunteers
Dear Friends and Family,
I am writing to ask that you thoughtfully and prayerfully consider supporting an upcoming mission team to Guatemala that I will be participating in through Refuge International.
On (insert date of trip) I will be joining a team of surgeons, nurses, anesthetists and others who will embark on a weeklong journey to provide much needed care to the impoverished people of Guatemala. The patients we will care for are only able to receive medical treatment through medical mission groups like ours, as there is very little access to healthcare throughout the country.
I am asking for your thoughts and prayers as I travel, and for a monetary donation to Refuge International. Refuge International brings medical, dental and surgical supplies, equipment and services to the poor people of Guatemala. It is a non-profit organization that relies on donations from individuals as their primary source of funding.
As a volunteer, I will be paying for my own airfare, room and board, but there are many other expenses in providing medical care to the poor in Guatemala. Money is needed to buy medical and surgical supplies and provide food and housing for patients who come to the United States who cannot receive treatment through the Saul Project through Refuge International. Clean water projects also need funding to help provide clean water for villages throughout Guatemala.
If you are able to make a donation, you may either return your check in the envelope provided, writing my name and trip number along with my name or donate online at www.refugeinternational.com.
Help be a part of changing the world, one person, one village at a time with your donation to Refuge International. For more information, please visit www.refugeinternational.com.
Returning volunteers, sample letter
Dear Friends and Family,
I will be returning to Guatemala on (include dates) to work in a remote village providing care for the poorest of the poor who are badly in need of medical and surgical care. I will be going with a group called Refuge International. I worked with this group (last year, 2 years ago?), working in (describe your duties on your previous trip). This year I feel called to return and help. I will pay my own travel, food and lodging. Money donated through the Change the World program covers the cost of the work done in Guatemala.
Few have access to health care in Guatemala, and medical missions such as the one I will be participating in reach out to Guatemalans in remote areas.
If you feel inclined to donate to Refuge International, go to www.refugeinternational.com and donate through PayPal. Mail in donations can be sent to:
P.O. Box 3586
Longview, TX 75606-3586
Please include my name.