All posts by admin_raysofgrace

Rays of Grace prepares for Annual Elevate for Education Climb

By | Elevate for Education | No Comments

Rays of Grace Elevate for Education

Denver nonprofit partners with organizations across America to bring fun and raise awareness to their ongoing sustainable community project in Kirugu Uganda.

DENVER (July 3, 2014) — Rays of Grace’s mission “Empower, Educate, Sustain” comes to life as over 50 participants gather in Colorado and California to climb 14ersto raise money to build a new schoolhouse. On July 12, 2014, the five philanthropic teams will get elevated in hopes to raise $50,000 to begin breaking ground on a new solar powered schoolhouse.

Known for impacting through collaborating with likeminded world changers, Rays of Grace founder Britt Froistad and team created the annual fundraiser around the energy, passion and love of young people around Denver, adding participants in Texas and California to the Elevate 2014 partnership. Last years Elevate for Education provided the funding to purchase a plot of land in Kirugu Uganda, planting the seed of hope for a fully sustained school house, almost entirely powered by the sun. With over quadruple the participants this year, we know that a new structure is just the beginning.

Drew Harris from Boulder company Breeze Bars states, “Breeze Bars is ecstatic to be a sponsor of Elevate for Education this year and completely support locals like Rays of Grace. Our passion for happy and healthy lifestyles go beyond the boarders of our country, but reach a greater need like sustaining the students at the Rays of Grace school in Uganda”.

“We want to raise awareness about how literally anyone can help change the world,” said Kael Robinson, founder of Live Worldly. “Through Rays of Grace’s Elevate for Education, we can help children in Uganda go to school to get a better education. We can’t wait to hike Missouri Mountain on Team Stiletto Pumps in the Club!”.

The Elevate for Education climb will take place at 6:30AM on July 12, 2014 at multiple mountains across Colorado and San Diego. Join us for a celebratory BBQ on July 13 at Washington Park in Denver at 2pm.

Rays of Grace is also providing donors and climbers with a goodie bag from our partners and sponsors around the world. Be sure to check out the good times had at last years Elevate here.

About Rays of Grace:

Information on partnership:
Tyler Maybee
e: tyler.m@raysofgrace.org
p: 303.809.8908

all other press inquiries:

Syd Froistad
e: sydney.f@raysofgrace.org
p: 303.809.8908

Through empowering community engagement, we believe we can plant the foundation of a school to enable a system for education, vocation, and a sustainable means to break the cycle of poverty.

Inspired by the capacity of the collective, we know that wind can take down a tree, but that it is no match for a forest. Rooted in our faith in Christ, we believe we can cultivate a better world. A world where souls, knowing and resonating their selfworth, will link arms, pursue their potentials relentlessly, and flourish.

www.raysofgrace.org

Elevated Giving

By | Education, Elevate for Education, Fundraising, School | No Comments

elevated_giving_blog

I am honored to be the first Rays of Grace blog contributor. First, I would like to welcome you to our new website. This is our attempt at professionalism and we are loving it. A big thanks goes out to Sauté Creative and their hardwork and dedication at getting this site off the ground. Looks great guys! I started my career with Rays of Grace in January 2013 in the midst of my first year of graduate school. Since then Rays of Grace has raised over $25,000 for the Mt. of Olives school outside Kirugu, Uganda and I have recently completed my Master’s degree in International Development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

If there is one theme I focused on during my studies its the idea of helping while not hurting.

Unfortunately, this is not a simple task. Organizations and countries have attempted and failed such a task. Toms developed a 1 for 1 approach where one purchase of their shoes by a wealthy consumer like you or me, also purchased a pair of shoes for a child in need. A worthy aspiration indeed, trying to shoe those who walk miles in their bare feet, but the development community soon discovered the hurting to Toms’ helping. As Toms landed in villages across the world to deliver shoes to needy villagers many locals who once had shoe stores found themselves out of a job (it is hard to compete against free commodities). Furthermore, Toms shoes are not American made, but cheaply made in China furthering the problem of low paid employees unable to afford shoes. The Development community has gone after churches and other organizers of donation drives under the same issues found in the Toms strategy. As clothing drive collections were delivered across South America and Africa the local clothing store and factories were closing their doors. The detriments of hand outs are well established, yet they still exist. It is important to understand the implications of injecting an unnatural state of being into a society. The saying “nothing in life is free” is born from an ultimate truth.

So what then do we do?

As a society where our values have taught us to help the poor in every way we can; how do we help without hurting? Rays of Grace grapples with this question each and every day and our solution is to promote the leadership of Jackson, our well known and respected founder of Mt. of Olives. This involves providing funding for his ideas and insight into avenues he may not have thought about yet. More importantly Rays of Grace looks to empower the community by giving them a voice in the projects that come to their village, it is their village after all.

elevate_for_education

We are excited for our approaching second annual Elevate for Education with the goal of $50,000.

With this goal met we hope to finance the beginning stages of construction for our school. So, tell your friends, tell your significant other, tell everybody to help out a great cause. There are several methods you can contribute. Send a one time donation, sign up for a monthly $6 donation, or spread the word about Elevate for Education by using #e4e to get the world excited for some crazy kids with dreams atop mountains. If everyone of our Facebook likes donated $6 a month Rays of Grace would have $7,200 a month! crazy! Be a part of the change you wish to see in the world! I hope this brief insight helps sell you on our cause, but if it doesn’t, don’t worry there are many more blog posts to come from the many voices of Rays of Grace. Stay tuned and get excited for the future, I know we are!

Hope all is well,
Tyler Maybee
Colorado Director of Operations