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Melissa, an ISV alumni from George Mason University, raised over $7,000.00 and travelled with ISV on two programs all through raising money from community support.

"I learned of ISV from the recruiters who came to my school, George Mason University. ISV presented an opportunity to be able to help those in poorer countries - an experience that I had been looking for. I enthusiastically applied to be a participant and was excited when I came across the information about fundraising for my trip. I thought this was a perfect way for me to afford my trip. First, I used ISV's easy pre-formatted supporter letter to get supporters for my trip. With the letter, I was successful in getting $1,600.00 towards my goal. For the rest of my fundraising, I sold Gold Canyon Candles, which required me to go door to door, to my parents' workplaces, and wherever possible in order to sell candles to those who wanted to support me.

Even though there are so many ways to fundraise for ISV trips, I used just my two methods two years in a row, first to travel to the Dominican Republic and then to Costa Rica. I will admit that I did have an advantage on being able to fundraise for my trip, because I had some previous experience fundraising in the many groups I was involved with in school.

Since going on my trip with ISV, I realized I could do more to help the children in the countries that I had volunteered in as well as around the world. In Santa Elena, Costa Rica, I started a project on my own which is now called "Promoting Education Around the World." For this project, I collect donated school supplies and clothes for the children in the countries that ISV goes to. I receive new and lightly used school supplies that people normally just throw away and I send them to ISV, which takes them overseas to communities in need. To collect supplies I create drive events on Facebook, promote my project to friends and family, and collect donations of unused supplies from teachersI believe that if we help cut down on one major expense (such as buying school supplies) for these families, it will help the children stay in school to receive an education that will stay with them for life.

I am now the fundraiser coordinator for the youth group at my church. We have gone on trips such as World Youth Day, and are currently fundraising to make our own pilgrimage outside of the USA. We use carwashes, move nights on the church lawn, spirit nights at restaurants, supporter letters, bingo nights, spaghetti dinners, and coffee and donut days after Sunday masses, in addition to selling Gold Canyon Candles, Rita's Ice and See's Candy in order to raise the necessary funds to make our journeys.

My fundraising work with ISV has helped to make my current fundraising events possible, from inspiring me to help others, to providing me with ideas and support to help me reach my goals.

Melissa, George Mason University
Dominican Republic & Costa Rica ISV Programs

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