Well, I just received my donor report from May 2010.
And thanks to your wonderful generosity and the grace of God, I have raised 4,798.00 so far!!! This amount greatly surpasses my July 15th deadline of $2,500, and sets me very close to my next deadline which would be in February 2011!
Primarily, this amount signifies that I will definitely be heading to Belfast on August 31!
Where does this amount set me for my overall fundraising goal?
If you have gone to donate on the pcusa.org/yav/ website to donate and clicked on my name, you might have noticed that under my position it lists the total amount to be about $50,000. (Original estimates I had heard stated the amount to be closer to $30,000, but with inflation and the current exchange rate, the amout was likely raised to accomodate for those costs.) This amount goes to cover my costs of living for the year - including my plane ticket, my monthly stipend for food and basic expenses, housing the YAVs, and more. While I am only responsible for $9,000 of that amount, it is (in economic terms) merely a price floor rather than a price ceiling. What amount I do not cover, the PC(USA) will subsidized, but with the current economy and budget shortfalls, it would be extremely helpful to the denomination for me to raise beyond that amount. Mainly what I ask of you though is to give as you feel moved to give. I am already so grateful for the wonderful outpouring of support, both financially but also spiritually through the personal notes and messages I have received!
Many, many, many thanks to you all who have given already. Your financial support shows that you believe in me and the work that I am about to do through the Young Adult Volunteer program! If you have not heard from me since you have donated, do not fear! It takes some time for donations to be processed and reported to me. Thank you for all sizes of donations!!
In grace and peace.