ENewsletter May 2012
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ENewsletter May 2012

Changing people's lives is never a straightforward task; it requires innovation and ingenuity. That's why this month, we're excited to highlight the creativity of our travelers, associates, and leaders around the world. In Ecuador, an orchestra for disabled children came up with a resourceful proposal for a new boutique to become more self-sustaining, while an inspired OAT traveler launched an original YouTube campaign in her Michigan community to raise funds for a school in Tanzania. And in Eastern Europe, Grand Circle associates had to think on their feet to help local organizations in the face of winter storms.

Traveling for Change
Foundation News

Sales to Support Music
In Ecuador, the Sinamune Disabled Children's Orchestra opens a souvenir boutique to become more self-sustaining—and to help kids build valuable life skills.
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Foundation participant in Cuba featured in Gloucester County Times
Dr. Ross Beitzel, professor emeritus of Gloucester County College in New Jersey, experienced the Foundation's Cuba: A Bridge Between Cultures program in March, 2012. He shared his impressions of this "fantastic learning experience" in his local newspaper.
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Recognizing Gutsy Leaders

We believe that true leadership can come from anywhere—from boardrooms to classrooms, from City Hall to city streets. It takes guts to change the world … and our leaders are helping to do so, each in their own unique way.

Catherine D'Amato
President & CEO, Greater Boston Food Bank
In 17 years at the helm of the largest hunger-relief organization in New England, Catherine D'Amato has served healthy food to hundreds of millions of people at risk of hunger. This April, the Foundation honored her with our highest honor: the Lewis Changing People's Lives Award.
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Have you visited a Grand Circle Foundation-supported school or village? Tell us your story.

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Boston Service

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Formerly homeless women can settle into a renovated shelter thanks to Grand Circle's biggest volunteer project of the year.
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Worldwide Service

Changing Lives in Russia and Lithuania

Despite winter storms, Grand Circle's international associates lend a helping hand in both a small and a big city in Eastern Europe. More>>

Generous Traveler

Feeding Mouths to Feed Minds

The need for a dining hall for the Njia Panda Primary School in Tanzania inspires separate OAT travelers to give donations and launch a YouTube fundraising project.
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