Thursday, August 10, 2006

chicago public radio's Worldview features VE

Today on Worldview's Global Activism Series Jerome McDonnell invited me to discuss VE's mission and current projects in Chile. We talked about the origin of VE, why the non-profit started, and the upcoming Hello Chile benefit show at the Empty Bottle this Sunday. Give it a listen, especially if you are interested in volunteering or donating.

Reminder: please come to the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave, this Sunday at 9pm to support VE and help raise funds for its programs.

There will be live music, including Shelley Short, The Modern Temper, Big Buildings, and Beardog. We will also be raffling off a gift certificate to Nacional 27 valued at $300, passes to a documentary about Chile's Salvador Allende and a free membership to the Gene Siskel Film Center, and
a gift basket of spa products courtesy of Benefit Spa. All donations are welcome; don't forget to bring any new or used point-and-shoot digital cameras with their cords to the event.

VE is an NGO that is run solely on the donations raised by volunteers. Voluntarios de la Esperanza (VE) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to bringing equality of opportunity to Chilean children and ending cycles of poverty and child abuse. While VE does not run the children's homes and shelters in which it places volunteers, VE members play a vital role in initiating much needed educational and social programs for the disadvantaged youth involved with the organization. The event this Sunday, Hello Chile, will do more than help bring photography to Chilean kids-- the funds collected will enable VE to become a stronger and even more productive force in Santiago and eventually outside of the city as well. An interinstitutional soccer league, literacy program, and school supplies drive are only some of the projects implemented by VE to improve the lives of hundreds of underprivileged children in Chile. Please visit VE's website for more information.

Please come! Bring everyone you know.

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