For more than 10 years, Bob McBride has volunteered with Heifer International, serving primarily as an outreach contact at various public functions, telling people about the international program to alleviate hunger. His wife Sam has been volunteering with him for 6 years. Together, they attend events such as the Satsuma SwampFest and Semmes Azalea Festival to hand out the organization's literature and to educate whenever they have an opportunity.
A short tutorial on Heifer International is below:
The organization, founded by relief worker Dan West and dedicated to ending world hunger, began in June 1944 when the first shipment of dairy cattle left the U.S. bound for Puerto Rico. Today, the organization has enlarged its scope and mission toward not only ending hunger and poverty around the globe, but also toward caring for the Earth. Heifer International provides livestock (not limited to cattle), trees, seeds and training in environmentally sound agriculture to families in more than 30 countries, including the U.S.
The organization's literature explains, "Heifer partners with community groups to form development plans and to train beneficiaries in animal well-being, agro-ecology, water quality, gender equity and community development, among other topics. The training enables them to care for livestock, grow crops sustainably and further lift themselves out of poverty."
Heifer's recipients agree to share one or more of their animal's offspring and the training they receive with others in need in what the organization calls "Passing on the Gift."
Bob McBride said that he attends Christ United Methodist Church where he first became so interested in Heifer International. A trip to Armenia a few years ago strengthened his commitment to the success of the program.
To contact McBride about sharing information on Heifer International, call 251-767-7526. The organization's website is www.Heifer.org. Locally, information can be obtained on Facebook at Heifer in Mobile or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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