The North Miami Jaycees have signed-up as a lender with Kiva, a non-profit organization that works with microfinance institutions on five continents to provide loans to people without access to traditional banking systems. Like the line in the Jaycee Creed that reads “…economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise”, Kiva believes that “providing safe, affordable access to capital to those in need helps people create better lives for themselves and their families”. We started with just seven $25 microloans to hand-picked young entrepreneurs across the globe, and to-date we have used repayment funds for an additional 21 loans, and 12 of our friends have made an additional 27 loans, allowing this project to impact a total of 55 people. For a limited time, YOU can help us increase our global impact by making a FREE $25 loan (as our guest) by clicking here.
The North Miami Jaycees assisted Northwest Christian Academy in packing and wrapping more than 300 shoebox full of toys, school supplies, and personal hygiene products for needy children in Costa Rica. Based on the popular worldwide Operation Christmas Child program, the boxes will be delivered and distributed to Talamanca, Costa Rica this holiday season. Check out this video of member (and project chair) Lupe Ruiz explaining how we helped:
At the 2012 Surf-Bal-Bay Relay for Life (May 5-6), Team North Miami Jaycees raised $2,000 for the American Cancer Society. Team members raised funds through their personal connections with friends, family, and colleagues, and sold hotdogs and hamburgers on-site at the overnight event which also featured live music and even a movie on the beach (under a full moon).
Around the world, thousands of people (many of whom are children) die each day from malaria. We cannot afford to wait to take action, so that’s why the North Miami Jaycees raised $1,000 to support Junior Chamber International’s Nothing But Nets campaign. Through sales of stuffed bears (@$10 each) and our online Net-Raiser page, we raised enough funds to help 100 families in Sub-Saharan Africa. All funds raised went directly, and entirely, for the purchase of insecticide-treated bed nets for families in malaria-stricken countries. The nets (along with education on their proper use) will be distributed through the United Nations Foundation and its partners (the World Health Organization, the American Red Cross, and UNICEF). Thanks to all of those who helped us reach our goal, but we encourage you to make additional online donations through our online Net-Raiser page, helping JCI reach their goal of distributing 1 million nets by 2015.