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WO Staffer to be Featured at Together for Adoption Blogger Meetup

By Julie Gumm

The Together for Adoption conference announced the Featured Blogger Meetups that are happening Friday and Saturday during lunch.

On Friday the meetup will feature Jamie IveyAmy BottomlyAmy BlockZach Nielsen, Courtney Girwood, and Jody Landers.

Saturday’s meetup features Kristen HowertonMary OstynAngel WeirLorraine PattersonTroy & Tara LivesayChris MarlowTom Davis, and YOURS TRULY.

(Updated: Tom Davis was on Friday but had to switch to the Sat group due to scheduling.)

I feel like one of the cool kids :-) Totally kidding.

Of course I’m just as excited about attending the meetups as I am being “in” one of them. Some of these people I’ve followed online for years. I think Angel and Mary would qualify as my “oldest” online reads back when adoption was just a glimmer in our eye. Amy and Jody are a close second. Some I’ve only recently started following but am already learning so much and FEEL like I know them.

So if you’re going to Together for Adoption, sign up for the Blogger Meetups and come have some fun with us!

To read Julie's blog, click here.

For more information about the Together for Adoption conference or to register, click here.


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WO Staffers Raise School Funds for Uganda Project In Less Than 24 Hours

In less than 24 hours, World Orphans staffers Mark and Julie Gumm raised enough money to send 20 Ugandan children to school. They didn't host a formal dinner or a WO video viewing, they created a fundraising campaign on the MyWorldOrphans site, used their blogs  as a marketing tool,  and committed their own resources to jump-start the process.

"Because of God’s blessing we want to pay it forward and one of the ways we’re doing that is to help these beautiful kids at one of World Orphans projects in Uganda go to school. Education is a VITAL piece in breaking the cycle of orphaning and abandonment," Mark Gumm wrote on his blog on Aug. 12.

"There are 20 kids. School fees are $62 each. So here’s the challenge…We’ll match every dollar you guys donate on our campaign page until we reach the goal ($1193) and all these kids school fees are paid. If you donate $36, we’ll donate $36 and that’s one child educated.We’ll match any amount $1, $5, $100. Because no challenge is any fun without a deadline we’re going to give you ONE WEEK!," according to Julie Gumm's blog.

In just one day, the Gumm's blog  followers and Facebook friends donated enough money to send 20 children to school for a year.

"Thanks to all who contributed to help these kids-more opportunities to come :)," wrote Mark.


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