What is GMG?
GENERAL DONATION – Community Project Support Fund
OUR GMG FAMILY
HOW DOES GMG WORK?
GMG’s delivery system is simple. Youth who want to make a difference meet weekly as a service club at their respective high schools. Many other service clubs have the problems of utilizing their members’ time most effectively; time is often misdirected identifying community needs, creating t-shirts and other club branding, and raising funds needed to complete effective service projects. The GMG solution uses our vast network community members to solve these three common problems.
Pride Of Belonging
Our network of youth provides positive peer interaction and beneficial friendships. With our network in place, students can start serving the communities within the first month of the new school year.
KHOA NGUYEN - FOUNDER
Nguyen spent a year in Africa on deployment and was inspired to do more for the global community when he returned to the U.S.
“Our mission is to relieve low-income parents with our active volunteer teams,” said Nguyen. “We instill a positive influence on the children to build leadership and confidence.”
GMG Network started in Glendale, California, with a small stand and some fliers. Now the organization has about 790 membership records in Glendale alone.
We work with Three Amigos Orphanage Foundation to fundraise and support a Christian orphanage named Estado 29 located in Ensenada Mexico.
Today it is the home of approximately 70 children with the total reaching over 100 at times. The Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club of Glendale, CA, under the leadership of Frank Lopez, Ray Rangwala and Jorge Vazquez, has supported the orphanage for more than 18 years. The project began through a family connection of Glendale
Sunrise Rotarian Frank Lopez. Initially looking for an international project to support. Frank and others visited several orphanages.
As soon as they visited Estado 29, the club knew it had found a very special place.
Kiva Microfunds is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that allows people to lend money via the Internet to low-income entrepreneurs and students in over 80 countries. Kiva’s mission is “to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.”
Since 2005, Kiva has crowd-funded more than a million loans, totaling nearly $950 million, with a repayment rate of between 98 and 99 percent. As of November 2013, Kiva was raising about $1 million every three days.The Kiva platform has attracted a community of well over a million lenders from around the world.
Kiva operates two models—Kiva.org and KivaZip.org. The former model relies on a network of field partners to administer the loans on the ground. These field partners can be microfinance institutions, social businesses, schools or non-profit organizations. KivaZip.org facilitates loans at 0% directly to entrepreneurs via mobile payments and PayPal. In both Kiva.org and KivaZip.org, Kiva includes personal stories of each person who needs a loan because they want their lenders to connect with their entrepreneurs on a human level.
Kiva itself does not collect any interest on the loans it facilitates and Kiva lenders do not make interest on loans. Kiva is purely supported by grants, loans, and donations from its users, corporations, and national institutions.Kiva is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Thailand Krabi Province Orphanages
Project launch date: April 25th, 2018.
This small locally run orphanage can be described as one big family, thanks to the warm hearts and hard work of staff and volunteers, these children who were affected by the 2004 tsunami, now have a safe, happy and supportive environment to live in.
Whether you are talented at teaching, baking, art, computers, writing, sewing, gardening or construction, there is a way for you to contribute.
Volunteering at the Southern Thailand Orphanage is a great chance to work with children from all walks of life. Not all children at the orphanage are without parents, some children may still have one or both parents, but for reasons of un-employment, remarriage or being neglected in the home and the child cannot be cared for; the orphanage realises the need for a safe place to live and does its best to provide this in a small friendly and safe environment.
Turning Dreams into Reality
Project TURN was founded in 1973 by a group of parents who wanted better services for their adult children with intellectual disabilities. TURN began by opening residential programs in Ogden and Bountiful where people could live in regular homes and take part in typical community activities.
More than forty years later, TURN now provides services to more than 800 individuals from Brigham City to St. George, UT, in day, residential, and employment settings.
The Miss Inspiration Pageant, which was held at the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem, highlights the dreams and stories of local women with disabilities while giving them a chance to shine in the spotlight.
Dave Hennessey, executive director of TURN Community Services, said the pageant gives them an opportunity to give back and be the ones lifting others.
“These are ladies who for their whole life have been cared for and supported by other people. That’s a lot of their identity, but we know them in some very different ways,” he said.
“We know what their dreams are and what their life story is. I think it’s important for them to have the chance to be the one who inspires and be the one who gives,’” Hennessey added.