Monday, March 18, 2013

Midwest Young Professionals Board!

This past February, the Midwest Region launched its Young Professionals Board at Piece, a Chicago pizzeria and brewery! There was a great turnout – people in attendance ranged from past international volunteers, sponsors, event and office volunteers, and friends of friends. Old friends reconnected, new acquaintances were made and everyone enjoyed sharing Friends and NPH stories while devouring Piece’s delicious pizza and beer!

The mission of the new Midwest Young Professionals Board is to engage young people in the mission of Friends of the Orphans and Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, with the goal to increase our visibility among this audience, engage former and future international volunteers, and raise additional funds for Friends of the Orphans. The Young Professionals Board also connects young people who care about combating global poverty and helping children in need together in a fun and vibrant community of peers.

With a goal of $20,000 for 2013, the Midwest Young Professionals Board hopes to throw several fundraisers and networking opportunities throughout the year – bar events, 5K runs, social gatherings, supporting the International Volunteer program, etc. In a city as ambitious, vibrant and young as Chicago, the Board is bound to be both fun and successful!

SAVE THE DATE: The next Midwest Young Professionals Board gathering and meeting will take place on Thursday, April 25th. Location and time, TBD.

The Midwest Young Professionals Board is currently open to anyone between the ages of 21 and 35 who is interested in raising awareness and funds for Friends and NPH. Annual dues and registration forms are due by Friday, March 1st for 2013 membership. If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact Melissa Hoyt at or Gaby Driessen at

Erika Klotz (former International Volunteer), Jasmine Montiel (MW Office Admin/Volunteer Coordinator), and new friends enjoy Piece’s delicious brews and pizza.

Our lovely Faces of Hope and Gala volunteers enjoyed learning about other ways to support Friends of the Orphans!

Jeremy Edwards shares his Friends and NPH expertise with new friends.

Jasmine Montiel (MW Office Admin/Volunteer Coordinator), Gaby Driessen (MW Child Sponsorship Manager), and Melissa Hoyt (MW Special Events Manager)

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