Text Box: NEWSLETTER/January 27, 2008...Vol. 1 No. 2

“Helping to Rebuild Communities”

Dogwood Charitable Foundation

Dogwood Charitable Foundation Quarterly Newsletter

January 27, 2008                                                                                                                                                                           Vol. 1 No. 2


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

--Margaret Mead

Message from the President


“I would like to thank you for all your past support of the projects the foundation undertakes.  Many of you have supported us by sharing your time and money over the last 2 ½ years to help with the various projects we have worked on.  Today, I would like to take this opportunity to share our latest project with you.  Over Christmas, my wife, Martha and I were both impressed that we needed to continue our work in Waveland, Mississippi.  After our last trip in March of 2007, we both felt that we had completed our work there, but now we believe that God has something more for us to finish. Even though the Katrina disaster is no longer in the news, it is still there and very real to the people who were affected by it.  On March 16 – April 14, we will once again be returning to Waveland, Mississippi to continue the work God has put on our hearts.” – Jim Grossman II, President


Calendar of Events


March 16 – April 14, 2008

The Dogwood Chartable Foundation will be returning to Waveland, Mississippi.  We will be assisting with the rebuilding effort on three homes.  You can make a difference in the lives of Melissa, Ellen and Kelly by joining us as a volunteer or by sending a financial contribution.  We are currently raising money for this project.  Our goal is to raise $6000.00 towards covering expenses on the project. A letter will soon be following this newsletter, giving you additional details and more information about why we want to take this trip and .    



$6000 in Six Weeks

We invite you to become involved in helping us reach our goal of raising $6000 in six weeks.  These funds will be used to cover expenses and building supplies for the Waveland, Mississippi trip in March and April 2008.  We currently have raised $400 towards our goal.   The deadline for our campaign is March 5th.  If you feel impressed to help us reach our goal, you can mail us your donation or make a secure contribution on our website.  You can follow our progress on the home page of our website, www.dogwoodfoundation.org

How to Give

You can simply send a check to Dogwood Charitable Foundation

1257 Sanguinetti Rd Suite 194, Sonora, CA 95370

You can put your gift on your Visa or MasterCard

Go to www.dogwoodfoundation.org  Click on the donations tab and make a secure donation through Paypal

Every gift, no matter the amount will help us in reaching our goal.  Thank you for your support.

Local Community Projects – We will be announcing our local community project, for Tuolumne County soon.  Watch our calendar page for more information.


Latest Projects


Albion Field Station – This quarter we continued our project of adding bathrooms to the existing cabins at the field station located in Albion.  Over the last three months, we took three trips to the Mendocino Coastline.  We enjoyed working with approximately 70 different volunteers throughout the project.   As usual the hospitality provided by the field station was outstanding.  At this point in the project we’ve completed close to 95 percent of the projects we set out finish.  The sheetrock, painting, flooring and a majority of the finish work has been completed.  We just need to complete some minor finish details and the bathroom renovations on the cabins will be done, except for the landscaping.  To view pictures and get more information about the project go to www.puc.edu/Albion and view Albion News – Newsletter.  Watch our calendar for more projects with Albion Field Station in the future.


Monterey Bay Academy Work Bee – The volunteer work at Monterey Bay Academy was a big success.  The primary project of installing a concrete apron and chain-link fence to protect the campus’ domestic water reservoir and well was completed.  We were blessed to be joined by many volunteers brought in by the Central California Conference.  With the extra volunteer help, many more projects were completed, including replacing patios, decks and a bathroom in the faculty housing.  Painting, electrical upgrades and some major classroom renovations were also accomplished.  Thank you to all the volunteers that participated, your service was a blessing to Monterey Bay Academy.  We also want to give a big thanks to MBA for their hospitality.  They really went out of their way to provide for us.  We look forward to volunteering our time with them again next year. 


Ongoing projects - We continue our support of Mother Lode Adventist Jr. Academy.   This quarter we finished refurbishing bike trailers for the 7th and 8th grade history bike tour.  They had a great tour!!!  We also recovered three benches that needed new upholstery for the elementary building.  We encourage you to look at their list of needs to see if you can help.  You can visit www.mlaja.org and view their wish list.



Pictures of our Projects


You can view pictures of any of our current or past projects on our website.  Go to Past Projects and click on the project you wish to view. www.dogwoodfoundation.org.




How Can I Help?


The Dogwood Charitable Foundation welcomes volunteers who would be interested in helping us with any of our future projects.  We also accept donations through the mail or you can make a secure donation on our website.  It is through your support that our projects can continue.  Please view our web site for information about our current fundraising campaign or our calander, for future events.


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