Caring Connections
December 2014
Educating Children, Changing Lives
Caring Friends ~
Please take a moment to view our first-ever video greeting from CEO and Founder Jamie Amelio.
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Thank you for your continued support!
Upcoming Events
Gingerbread House Workshop
Saturday, December 6th at 5pm
Two Saints Baking Company and Cafe
13011 Shops Parkway, Suite 600, Austin, Texas
CFC and Two Saints Baking Co. and Cafe invite Austin-area supporters to share in the holiday spirit at a gingerbread house workshop. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here. Space is limited, so reserve your places soon.
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CFC Day is coming!
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
Join friends, family and fellow CFC supporters for a day dressed in orange spirit to celebrate our successes and raise awareness for our students and programs. Stay tuned for more!
Support CFC while you shop for the holidays!
As you plan your holiday giving, please consider one of the many ways to support CFC schools and programs with a donation.
Every dollar makes a difference!
  • Make an unrestricted donation on our website. Click here.
  • Support our monthly Calendar of Giving collection campaigns. Click here.
  • Honor someone special with the purchase of a CFC logo itemClick here for our on-line catalog.
  • Set a goal for the new year! Start your own personal fundraising campaign. For ideas and how-to steps, or to support someone's campaign,  Click here.
Shop on-line for the holidays and earn money for CFC with AmazonSmile (click here) or iGive (click here). Please select CFC as your charity of choice before you start your shopping.
 CFC wishes you all a happy holiday season
and a happy new year!
CFC event paints the Big Apple "orange"!
On October 8th, CFC turned the Big Apple orange with a beautiful reception and book signing at the corporate offices of Ogilvy & Mather. Guests in attendance numbered more than one hundred and included Board Members, long-time supporters and newcomers hailing from the New York area, Lehigh University, the greater New England area and Washington, DC.
Introduced by Board Member Chris Graves, CFC Founder and CEO Jamie Amelio gave a passionate and intimate account of her early beginnings with CFC and the organization's progress to date. She was joined by Adam Snyder (pictured at right with Bill Amelio) who co-authored the memoir "Graced with Orange" and his wife, Pat Snyder who has been a valued asset behind many of our promotional videos.
Special thanks to Ogilvy & Mather for providing a perfect venue for the evening's gathering and setting a special tone for CFC's entree into the metropolitan New York community.
Photographed at right are several of CFC's Board Members who were in New York for the event and the autumn board meeting (from left to right: Cuong Do, Jamie Amelio, Bill Amelio, Liz King and Chris Graves).
Singapore Caring Tea
The Caring Tea held on November 13th at Singapore's Faber Peak was an elegant and successful event showcasing talented designers, generous and creative donors and enthusiastic supporters. Over two hundred guests enjoyed an afternoon with views from Faber Peak as they marveled at the alluring tablescape designs and valuable prizes available for lucky draw. Every table and item on display was more colorful and enticing than the next, and each had been thoughtfully arranged and generously donated by a remarkable team of designers (pictured above).
This year's Silent Auction table designed by Taylor B. Fine Design Group was titled "Indian Indulgence" (at left) and garnered attention and praise from all the guests. Always a highlight of the event, the CFC Giving Tree (below) offered attendees charitable options for holiday gift giving and festive CFC ornaments.
Special thanks to Faber Peak for the beautiful venue, attentive staff and delicious food; to Essential Wines for donating impeccable wines; to Santa Fe for their wonderful crew that help us put this event together every year. As always, volunteers were essential to the day's success but special recognition is due to Christy Machulski and Erin Isernhagen for their support and overall contributions.
Congratulations to Singapore Country Director Kay Flanagan and her incredible team of volunteers and designers for a successful event!
~ With special thanks to our Caring Tea 2014 sponsors ~
CFC at the United Nations
In September 2013, CFC was approved for association with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI), joining an extensive network of NGOs working internationally to address issues of global concern.
This past month, CFC United Nations Liaisons Maureen Pond and Marybeth Shay (at right) attended two sessions at the UN headquarters in New York City to hear information from the recent 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO conference. In addition, they observed panel discussions marking the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and advocating the full implementation of Rights of the Child.
The audience was primarily composed of elementary school students who shared their opinions on how they can help to advance human rights, gender equality, and social justice. The children asked many profound questions and concluded, “no matter how small you are, when you see something that is not right, you must speak up.” For more information on Rights of the Child, please visit
CFC's affiliation with the UN is further strengthened through the Lehigh University/UN Partnership which recently hosted the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi as part of their Ambassadorial Speaker Series. Mr. Alhendawi addressed an audience full of Lehigh students, staff, and faculty on the need for participation, advocacy, partnership and harmonization with youth organizations. 
“Everyone can make a difference,” Mr. Alhendawi professed. “It’s about changing something that will change the world."
CFC is fortunate to share in these global discussions, especially as they pertain to issues of importance to our mission of ensuring children's access to quality education.
Awareness events around the United States
~ California ~
Members of CFC's California chapter have been busy representing our organization at numerous Combined Federal Campaign charity fairs over the past month. These fairs support the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign raising millions of dollars each year in support of eligible non-profit organizations. CFC has been eligible to receive donated funds via federal civilian, postal and military donors who participate in these campaigns since 2012. 
"Participation is a worthwhile effort," says Chapter Leader Edna Cooper (pictured above with volunteer Marilyn Weber). "With our story and our results, I have found many who are willing and happy to support CFC."
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~ Midwest ~
We are thrilled to announce our newest chapter located in the Midwest area under the leadership of Carolyn Viens based in Chicago. To date, a steering committee of CFC supporters has been formed and planning has begun for activities throughout the area to raise awareness and support. Volunteers have participated in several Combined Federal Campaign events throughout the month of October. In addition, the area's first high school CFC club has been established at Libertyville High School thanks to Brayden Monson and plans are already underway for exciting student-led activities.
If you live in the Midwest area and are interested in becoming more involved with CFC, please contact Carolyn Viens in Chicago (
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~ Kentucky ~
Having been introduced to CFC while living in Singapore, Wendy White (at right) was eager to continue her involvement once relocating to the United States. She recently volunteered her time to assist at a Combined Federal Campaign event in Lexington. Her friendly smile and appealing treats encouraged many attendees to visit the booth and learn more about CFC. Thank you Wendy for bringing CFC to Kentucky! 
Help Wanted: Volunteer Opportunities
Would you like to become part of our 'orange team' of volunteers? We are actively searching for the following role:
PR and Social Media Intern
CFC seeks a dynamic self-starter to assist with our PR and social media efforts. This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of nonprofit communications. Responsibilities may include updating and maintaining our social media presence, including YouTube, Flickr and other social platforms; managing blog editorial calendars and speaking opportunity pitches; drafting written content for online distribution; creating and preparing presentations; and reaching out to targeted media outlets. Candidates should have a firm grasp of available tools and platforms in the social media space; a previous internship or related experience in communications; an understanding of the basic principles of public relations and online content marketing; excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills; and ability to work well independently and within a team. Proficiency in Wordpress, website content management and graphic design (Adobe InDesign and/or Photoshop) is highly desired. Position requires a 3-6 month commitment with expected 7-10 hours/week and can be performed remotely. This is an unpaid internship.
If interested, please contact us at
The gift of giving

Recent contributions prove that CFC volunteer efforts come in all sizes and from all corners of the world! 
Art auction (New York, NY)...Sarina Motwani, an aspiring artist and daughter of long-time supporters, Sanjay and Antjna Motwani, held an art auction in Southhampton and raised over USD$1000. A sixth-grade student at Avenues:The World School, Sarina sold twenty-four of her own paintings and hopes to hold another auction next year. Funds donated will be allocated to programs at the Bakong Motwani Junior High School campus. Thank you Sarina!
Access to clean water (Singapore)...
Having given his time and energy on a recent corporate service trip with Microsoft Asia, Brian Man returned to Singapore inspired to do more. He generously donated USD$1700 to supply CFC schools with filtration systems and clean potable water. This is a major contribution to health and sanitation efforts in our communities. Thank you Brian!
Country-western dancers collect first aid supplies (Singapore)...
Girl Scout troops in Singapore held their annual Father-Daughter dance at the Singapore American School on November 15th. The event brought more than 400 fathers and daughters together for a country-western hoedown. Attendees were encouraged to bring first aid items as donations in support of CFC's November Calendar of Giving campaign. The results were incredible with several large boxes of first aid supplies ready to be sent to our schools in Siem Reap.
Thank you Girl Scouts!
Bright Smiles Bright Futures (Boston and New York)...
Michael Santomaro organized his colleagues in the Boston area to collect a sizeable quantity of dental hygiene items to support Bright Smiles Bright Futures, one of our cornerstone programs. Special thanks is also owed to Shashi and Cadambi Janardhan who kindly offered assistance with transporting the donated items to Singapore. 
Generosity and celebrations (Singapore)...
Celebrating her baptism with friends and family in September, Sumithra Whyte asked her party guests to donate school supplies for CFC in lieu of presents. Her efforts were successful in collecting five boxes of stationery items. Thank you Sumithra!
Tara Poston (at left) celebrated her 7th birthday at the end of November and graciously opted to ask friends and family member to support CFC instead of giving her birthday presents. She collected lots of needed supplies for our schools. Thank you Tara!
Students helping students  

Thank you to all school communities near and far --
you are all making a difference!
St. Paul's School (Concord, New Hampshire)...
Two years ago, St. Paul's School (SPS) student Emily Soule visited Siem Reap with her family and helped to build a playground at one of CFC's schools. The experience had a lasting impact on Emily and she returned to enlist the assistance of the SPS community. With the help of friend Maggie Polk, she recently held a toothbrush drive to collect items in support of our cornerstone Bright Smiles Bright Futures program. “It was a relatively simple thing for people to do,” says Soule, “but it goes a long way.”
Canadian International School (Singapore)... 
We are excited to announce the start of a new student-led CFC club at the Canadian International School (CIS) to be led by CIS student Ella Paterson. Stay tuned for exciting developments!
Singapore American School (Singapore)...
The start of a new academic year has brought even more enthusiasm and awareness for CFC across all school campuses.
Primary School ~ At the annual Asia Fest, teachers Barbara Procida, Alison White and Sarah Farris (at left) created a special CFC Cambodian experience which enabled SAS students to rotate through centers learning how to write Khmer numbers and listen to Khmer phrases.
Intermediate School ~ Led by teacher Jenny Redlin, students collected thousands of art supplies for use in Pen Rithy's Lifeskills Wheel art class. Pictured at right are CFC Middle School Club members Catherine Edds and Caroline Wilson who helped to package all supplies for transport to Siem Reap by SAS teacher trainers over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Middle School ~  Over Halloween, club members held a "trick-or-tooth" drive and collected approximately 200 toothbrushes. They have also been busy sorting and collecting uniforms with their ongoing uniform drive, and they have helped ready art supply donations for delivery to Siem Reap.
High School ~ Members of the high school CFC club have been busy with the ongoing project of translating English elementary level books into Khmer. In addition, they held a drink sale at the school's recent Food Fest and raised SGD$500 .
 Well done SAS -- a great start to the year!
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