Thursday, January 26, 2012

Volunteer Extraordinaire

Below is a story shared by Southeast Regional Child Sponsorship Manager, Sherman Humphrey, about an extraordinary supporter, Natalie Duran, or as Sherman describes, Volunteer Extraordinaire!

Natalie Duran is committed to making a positive difference in the world, and has proven this through her support of Friends of the Orphans. We have Natalie to thank for connecting the Friends SE office with the Latin American & Caribbean headquarters of Federal Express (FedEx LAC). Since 2006, thanks to Natalie’s advocacy of Friends of the Orphans, FedEx has donated $50,000 to support the children of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, provided emergency overnight shipping of medicine to patients in Haiti, participated in regional events, and donated over 15,000 children’s books.

By introducing Friends of the Orphans to the Community Relations Board at FedEx LAC, Natalie put the Friends of the Orphans mission on the radar of this extremely charitable, and socially responsible, worldwide leader in shipping and logistics. Since 2006, the relationship has continued to flourished.

In 2011, FedEx invited Friends of the Orphans to partner with them for the annual FedEx Entrega program. This program, which aimed to collect over 15,000 children’s books for NPH Mexico, Guatemala and Dominican Republic, was a huge success. Over 15,000 books were collected and delivered to the three homes, in addition to an advertising and PR campaign both in the United States and abroad. In Miami, for example, FedEx presented the organization with a check for $10,000 “to encourage the love of reading in children” at a Books & Books reading event with Miami Heat player James Jones.

But Natalie’s support and advocacy of Friends runs deeper. She has also been a frequent volunteer at the Friends warehouse, helping to pack Haiti-bound containers with critical need supplies. In 2010, Natalie arranged a shipment of seventeen pallets of relief supplies from Miami to Haiti just days after the devastating Haiti earthquake (one of the first shipments of relief supplies to enter the country, from anywhere in the world!). Not only did she help to ship the pallets – she also came out to pack them!

Friends of the Orphans is extremely grateful for Natalie’s support! THANK YOU NATALIE!

Natalie directing volunteer crews while packing containers for Haiti.

Natalie on the phone, coordinating the shipment of 17 pallets of relief supplies to Haiti in the days following the 2010 earthquake.

Thank you to all our supporters like Natalie who helps to transform the lives of the children we support.

To learn more about volunteering, click here. You can also contact your regional Friends office to find out more about how you can help! 

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