Help Caris Fickenscher make a big difference in Sacramento….
|Hello Epiclesis Family and Friends…|
|I’m Caris Fickenscher and I’m earning my Stars and Stripes Award through American Heritage Girls (AHG). AHG is a Christ-centered leadership development organization for girls ages five to eighteen, whose mission is to “build women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.” AHG provides community service opportunities, fellowship with friends, and, of course, fun! |
As a junior or senior in high school, a girl has the opportunity to go for the “Stars and Stripes Award,” the highest award in AHG. It requires having earned sixteen badges, holding a girl leadership position in the troop, and a spiritual walk essay. In addition, the majority of the award is earned through the planning, fundraising, and implementation of a long-lasting project for a non-profit organization. The project must be at least 100 hours in total, 10 of those being supervisory hours over youth volunteers. Despite all the achievement that comes with completing this award, the primary goal is to grow the candidate in leadership and spiritual growth, learning to trust in God more fully and deeply.
Here’s where you can help: I have partnered with Mustard Seed School, a free school for homeless children in the Sacramento community, to serve and affirm their purpose of educating those unable to attain education for themselves. They see about 300 children each year, teaching not only academics but also critical life skills. COVID-19 has affected us all in some way, yet it has probably impacted Mustard Seed School the most: Already located in close-quarter classroom space, it is very difficult to adhere to health guidelines and still provide vital services they freely give to the homeless community.
However, through the Stars and Stripes Project, I can help meet a need and “plant a mustard seed” in the work of the Kingdom of God. My project includes building custom shelving for the preschool classroom and helping Mustard Seed with their outdoor classroom. They are in need of picnic benches, a mud kitchen, and garden boxes to create a space where they can teach and still abide by health guidelines. Aside from COVID-19, this outdoor classroom will continue to help Mustard Seed teach children outdoors, building sensory and fine motor skills.
Thank you so much for considering the opportunity to plant a mustard seed in the hearts of the homeless children!
Sincerely, Caris Fickenscher
|BE PART OF SOMETHING TRULY WONDERFUL|
|Family and friends, I simply cannot complete this project without your help. You can support the effort by mailing a check (payable to Caris Fickenscher and mailed to Epiclesis; 11230 Gold Express Drive, #310-214; Gold River, CA 95670-4484).|
OR, here are three additional ways you can help:
You can help by filling a plastic jar (left) with change, cash, or checks over the Advent and Christmas seasons. We can deliver a prepared jar to your home. Let us know by clicking here if you have any questions!
Caris has photo and calligraphy greeting cards for sale! Simply click right here for details. They’re beautiful… and just in time for the holiday season.
You can also give your time to volunteer when project work days come around (late January and early February).
Sound like something you’d like to do? Just let me know.