Dear Well Aware Community,
Happy early Valentine's Day! This is a great time of year to remember how important love is in our lives. The love we get to see every day from you and from the communities with whom we partner is enough to be the fuel that powers our work. And, we're honored to be the machine you trust to change lives with clean water.
This February is our most busy February yet. Because you helped us have such an effective year last year, we're off to an aggressive start in the field in Kenya. There are eight active projects right now, and there will be many more to come this year. Our project manager, Mike, has a video message for you below.
In this edition, we're also excited to share upcoming events, new team members, and our newest brand partners.
We are deeply thankful for the support you are providing through lasting access to clean water.
Executive Director, Well Aware
"Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love."
Please Meet our Newest Board Members
Kathryn is currently a Structural Engineer at DCI Engineers in Austin,Texas. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering with an emphasis in environmental and structural engineering. She joined Well Aware’s technical team in the summer of 2013 in order to marry her knowledge and passion to help better communities in innovative and sustainable ways. To further her impact within the organization she recently became a member of the Board of Directors. She is honored to be a part of both teams and to help Well Aware continue impacting lives and communities through water.
Tom is a seasoned business development and fundraising professional who has been instrumental in designing and executing successful cause marketing programs, Point of Sale campaigns and special events. His work has contributed to tens of millions of dollars being raised for Autism Speaks, March of Dimes, St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Alzheimer’s Association, Susan G. Komen, American Diabetes Association and Fisher House. He now brings his expertise and passion to the critical work of Well Aware to catalyze more impact for the organization.
Emily brings her education in public administration and political science to the work of Well Aware, as well as her extensive knowledge of and experience in philanthropy. Her community involvement includes work with Casa, The Nobelity Project, the Andy Roddick Foundation, St. Gabriel's Catholic School and the Healthshore Foundation. Her upbringing in Kenya provides keen insight to apply to the work of Well Aware, and her passion for clean water in communities where there is none are a driving force for her work.
Each of these devoted people brings unique passion, expertise and spirit to our team. We are so excited and lucky to have them. Welcome to the team, Kathryn, Tom and Emily!
Amplify Austin is an online marketplace that connects with and inspires the people of Austin to make a difference in their community by connecting them with the causes they're passionate about. On March 2-3, they will host their annual Amplify Austin Day to celebrate and support nonprofits in Central Texas.
Well Aware has been selected to participate in this year's Amplify Austin! You can schedule your gift now, or join us on the 2nd of March, and donations will be matched up to $10,000!
GloFish® is proud to announce that it is once again partnering with Well Aware. During Amplify Austin, GloFish will match dollar-for-dollar every donation made to Well Aware, up to a total of $10,000, in hopes that we can bring clean water for life to thousands more in need. We hope that you will join us in our fight to save lives! Schedule your Amplify Austin gift to Well Aware
1st Annual Shower Strike Golf Tournament
Our first-ever golf tournament and benefit is happening Monday, March 6th at The Hills of Lakeway Signature Course! There will be 18 holes, on-course food & drink, closing dinner, as well as a range of prizes.
Come out to relax, enjoy the outdoors, and help provide clean water for life to even more people this year. Spread the word and invite friends through the Facebook event here. We hope to see you there! Register Here More Info Questions? Ask!
Culture Map Charity Challenge
You voted, and you voted some more, and you did it! Well Aware is the winner of the CultureMap Charity Challenge, and we've been granted $10,000 in advertising for our cause in 2017. Thank you!
From the CultureMap Team: "The votes have been tallied, and we have a winner in our 2017 CultureMap Charity Challenge. With a sweeping victory of 34 percent of the votes, our 2017 charity partner is Well Aware.
The nonprofit was selected from eight groups making an impact in the Austin community and abroad. Nominees included Austin Film Society; College Forward; E4 Youth; I Live Here, I Give Here; Kids in a New Groove; KLRU Next; and Sims Foundation — all of whom were vying for a CultureMap advertising package valued at $10,000 and bragging rights as our 2017 charity partner, which, of course, is priceless."
Shower Strike 2017 is getting a remodel
We are so excited to gear up for yet another year of forgoing showers to raise awareness and funds for more clean water. This year will be different, and we can't wait to announce how Well Aware's most effective fundraiser is going to evolve this year (look for an email next week).
Calling All High School Students: Want to Become Well Aware's Next Youth Ambassador?
Well Aware is currently seeking a new Youth Ambassador to represent out mission in their academic community and help us plant new seeds of awareness for our work. If you are this person, or if you know this person, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on applying.
Announcing our Newest Brand Partners:
Integrate to Live and Freestyle Language Center
Well Aware's Brand Partners are companies donating a percentage of profits from a product or service to our clean water systems. With a growing number of businesses supporting us in this way, these partners are making a big difference for our fundraising.
We are excited to announce our new brand partners of 2017 - Freestyle Language Center and Sarah Sherwood with Integrate to Live. These fantastic partners are committed to help further power our projects and bring more clean water for life to the communities who most need it.
Freestyle Language Center offers courses in varying levels of French, Italian, Portuguese and Italian. Their curriculum and methodology is designed to take students from the most beginner level to proficiency and fluency. Freestyle consists of teams of passionate, intercultural teachers ready to take you where you want to be with the language you seek to improve on. Through their weekly Saturday Cafe courses, Freestyle participants can provide Well Aware with direct donations or through purchase of coffees, mugs and tees. Ready to take your beginner language skills to advanced? Enroll now!
Our next partner is Sarah Sherwood, a Resilience and Life Coach. For years, Sarah has empowered people of all ages and life stages to live courageously and take on the change they wish to see in themselves and in the world. Sarah has created a year-long online coaching program, Integrate to Live, that is perfect for those ready to transform their minds and their lives to better take advantage of the innate resilience within each of us. Integrate to Live is giving 10% of membership proceeds to support clean water for life in Africa. Want to learn more about this resilience community? Check out the FAQs or demo a free online series.