I bet you've heard of our summer campaign, #OrangeSummer. Maybe you're stuck and unsure of how to go about painting the town orange. Well, you've come to the right place! Child Ambassadors are some of the most creative and inventive people I've ever met. So, fresh from the field I bring you some #OrangeSummer ideas! Share yours in the comments, and try out some of our teammates'!
"I'm still working on my #OrangeSummer plans, but so far I ordered more child folders and I plan on using my social media for sharing them. I'm excited to earn my orange shirt and to use it as a conversation starter. Also, I own/run a Little Free Library on the front porch of a coffee shop in my town. The coffee shop is actually a non-profit Christian-run coffee shop that donates all profits to local charities. They have let me put up folders in the past, but I also plan on putting some World Vision information in my little library to help spark interest. I get nervous with bringing up conversation to strangers, so I have vowed to be more bold this summer-- and I'm getting excited about it! Lastly, I am going on a mission trip to Haiti in July. I'm planning on sharing sponsorship with my team a lot in hopes they will possibly sponsor a child in Haiti after experiencing the beautiful country and people." - Jamie Healy
"My small plans are to wear my shirt when I can while I’m out and about and hopefully strike up good conversations with people. I got to do this already when I went out to lunch with my two best friends. They already sponsor but my wedding photographer ended up sitting next to us and I got to share with her what I was up to. It was great! My big plan is to host a booth at the Shoreline Farmers Market at least once a month like I did last summer. I just got my approval status so I’m ready to rock and roll!" - Mel Miller
"My goal is to not just talk to people one-on-one as I always do, but to actually book some more speaking engagements. I feel like that is a really strong point for me, and I know I have not tapped into that as much as I could. So I made a connection when I got back from Rwanda and I actually spoke at chapel at my daughter's school: Cornerstone Christian Academy. They asked me to speak about my time in Rwanda. It was very tough to limit it to 15 minutes, so I focused on clean water. It went extremely well and the kids were very responsive. The young man who leads worship actually went online and made a donation as I was giving my presentation!" - Chaundra Tangi
"I have already made contact with several people during my planning for the Global 6K. I’ve been in contact with and have started building relationships with the manager of a Lifeway Christian Bookstore, one of the local TV stations, an owner of a store focused on running, who is also tied into the non-profit Knoxville runners’ group, and the general manager where I work. My plan for the summer is to build on these relationships, establish new ones, and to introduce World Vision child sponsorship to people as opportunities present themselves. I also want to learn more about the major ways I can introduce churches and service organizations to the work of WV (like Laura Walls just did in Minnesota).
One thing I’ve learned is that people generally haven’t heard of World Vision and don’t know much, if anything, about the work of World Vision. For that reason, my overall purpose this summer is to increase awareness of WV and child sponsorship in Knoxville and the surrounding areas on a larger scale. When WV comes up in a conversation, as it did yesterday while I was at a large Knoxville outdoor event, I always ask early if the person is familiar with WV. I almost always get a blank stare or a “Uh, no.” My goal is to change that, and to get children sponsored in the process. I think that should hold me for a while!" -Rob Lebby
"I actually like the color orange! For the month of June, I will commit to incorporating orange in my outfits every day of the month! I am on the lookout for ways to rock my WV logo items (shirt, bags, hats and mugs) as well as other pops of orange and see who notices the trend and gets that conversation started! I also have a goal of the #SummerSix! Six sponsorships-- hopefully beyond church events --of sponsorships from friends or family members I talk to or share on Facebook!" - Courtney Crowder
all images courtesy of our Child Ambassador facebook page and our amazing, wonderful CA orange army
Greater Together is a collaborative blog written by volunteer child ambassadors for World Vision.