In 2016 the Oregon Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), which used to be known as FHA, took on the challenge of raising money and donations for Valiant Seed at one of their conferences, and the success of that year continues today. FCCLA is an organization that works on helping students become more active in their families and communities. This is why our State Executive Council has chosen to partner with Valiant Seed for our State Outreach Projects. I’ve had the opportunity to help make these fundraisers possible over the years while being a State Officer for FCCLA and my inspiration for fundraising for this organization was something I gained from doing a project for FCCLA.
While working with an organization for disabled people, I talked with some veterans about the struggles that they encountered in life. This inspired me to work with Valiant Seed as our State Outreach project and continue fundraising for them. We have done ribbon sales at our conferences and asked for canned food, clothing, and any other resources homeless veterans would benefit from. This past spring at our State Leadership Conference, we organized Penny Wars with another organization. In Penny Wars, students donate spare change not only for some fun competition among the organizations, but to also raise funds and awareness for a great cause. This two day fundraiser raised over $200 which was an incredible amount for our small but growing organizations.
The amount of growth I’ve seen in Valiant Seed over the last three years has been absolutely incredible. I know that personally I’ve been inspired by what Teresa Mankin has done with the organization and I look forward to what Oregon FCCLA will do to help Valiant Seed grow to new heights this year.
Renee Seal is the Oregon FCCLA 2018-2019 Executive Vice President and a high school senior at Joseph Charter School.Tags: FCCLA, fundraising, Oregon, veterans
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