Caring Connections
September 2015
A global update on awareness and support
Ready, Set, ACTION!
CFC chapters all over the globe are gearing up for a fantastic season of support and awareness. Never before has there been so many activities for volunteer action to combat poverty and make a real difference. Please mark your calendars for the upcoming events below in your area. As an attendee, a sponsor, an organizer, a volunteer or an occasional contributor – it all makes a difference!
The highlight for me over the summer months has been an undeniable ‘orange youth’ movement with young supporters contacting CFC more than ever before. They are executing personal fundraising activities and representing us at their schools – Singapore American School has a record fifty members this year! Youth members represent CFC at the United Nations and take on committed leadership roles for CFC in social media, outreach, campus projects and research. Our new Youth Packet is featured below. Please check it out and pick your action!
There’s something for everyone in the coming months. So sign up and have some fun while we create sustainable change in education.Thank you!
Natalie Bastow
Upcoming Events
Singapore General Meeting and Volunteer Fair
Tuesday, October 6th   9-11am and 6-830pm
#09-08 Camden Medical Centre, 1 Orchard Boulevard
Conference Room, Level 9, Unit #8
Calling all Singapore-based CFC supporters, prospective and returning volunteers! Join us to learn about our essential work in Cambodia and explore a variety of volunteer opportunities. Meet Tracy Dowell, our new Regional Director for Asia. Reconnect with CFC friends and forge new connections! We look forward to seeing you! Please contact if you have any questions.
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Make A Difference Service Trip
October 22nd-25th
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Don't miss the chance to make a difference!
Join others from around the world to work as a team dedicated to improving our schools. Have a chance to meet our incredible students and experience the power of CFC's work. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact
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Food for Thought Luncheon
Thursday November 19th, 12-3pm
Sonesta Bee Cave Austin Hotel
Bee Cave, Texas
Texas supporters, please mark your calendars for a luncheon to benefit our cornerstone Food for Thought program that provides two nutritious meals a day and makes learning possible for our 6,400 students in Siem Reap. More information to come. Please contact with any questions.
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Worldwide Caring Connections Charity Gala
Saturday, March 5th, 2016
San Francisco, California
Save the date for CFC's first charity gala to be held at the historic Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco, California! More details will be shared in the coming months but the evening promises to be an elegant and caring affair. If you are interested in helping with the event or would like to be a sponsor or benefactor, please contact us at
Introducing our new Asia Regional Director
We are excited to introduce Tracy L. Dowell in the role of Regional Director - Asia as part of our international management team. Based in Singapore, this new position concentrates on developing and managing volunteer operations in Asia as well as seeking out new corporate and educational partners in the region.
Tracy is a dedicated business professional with over twenty years of operational experience, primarily in the hotel industry. Since 2006, she has enjoyed a diverse expat experience with her husband and daughter living in the United Kingdom, Germany and, currently, in Singapore. Her travels, moves and business experience have taught her to be a highly adaptable and resilient individual, open to other cultures and appreciative of how best to communicate across cultures. These skills will serve her well in her new CFC role.
Welcome to the team, Tracy!
Update on Lehigh University Partnership
We are pleased to announce that long-time supporter Whitney Szmodis has taken on the role of Research Scientist for the Lehigh University-CFC partnership. In this new position, Whitney will work at Lehigh to facilitate program development and grant acquisition to support CFC schools in Siem Reap through the LU-CFC partnership. In addition, she will continue to work with Dr. Sothy Eng to support graduate students as they conduct research studies and evaluations of CFC programs. Whitney will work on campus at Lehigh to write scholarly publications that highlight CFC programs as well as attend conferences and other outreach sessions to promote awareness for CFC. By reaching out across the different disciplines and faculty at Lehigh and other institutions, we can build partnerships that will help support our goal of ensuring CFC schools remain sustainable school models for the Ministry of Education in Cambodia.
Congratulations on the new role, Whitney!
'Keep Austin Caring: Run for a Purpose'
On Saturday August 22nd, over one hundred participants gathered at The Hills of Lakeway Austin Park for a family fun race event. Organized by Suellen Carson and an incredible team of volunteers, this latest Keep Austin Caring event was a huge success and brought supporters of all ages together for fitness and philanthropy! CFC Founder and CEO Jamie Amelio joined the 5K race and was on hand to announce the winners. The young participants stole the show with their enthusiasm and energy that seemed to last long after the race and festival were over.
Run for a Purpose raised over USD$7300 and all proceeds will be directed to CFC's water filtration systems and other medical needs.
Special thanks to Leslie Weissmalik (at right) and a team of key volunteers including Nina Lesiuk, Tricia Raring, Shahla Mahmod, Roshana Lazaar, the Bartolotta family, Kelly Larimore, Joan Bockenkamp, Katie Orr of IST, and Steve Carson. Thanks also to the many generous event sponsors and Austin community for their continued support of CFC.
We look forward to
'Keep Austin Caring: Run for a Purpose' 2016!
Volunteer Opportunities
CFC needs the support of volunteers around the globe to raise awareness, funds and to keep our organization operating efficiently. If you'd like to get more involved, please consider one of the options described below and send us an email at with any questions.
Looking for an easy and social way to get involved in the U.S.?
CFC needs enthusiastic volunteers to represent our organization at Combined Federal Campaign events. These fairs relate directly to funds for CFC and they take place between September and December in major cities and or military bases around the country. CFC provides all display materials (brochures, banners, tokens, etc.) and current CFC leaders are ready to assist.
Looking for a way to join our Singapore volunteer team?
Consider taking on one of these important roles that directly supports our outstanding programs and helps us provide a quality education to Cambodian children.
Goods and Donations Co-Chair:
CFC collects physical goods to support our programs in Siem Reap. This hands-on position requires access to a car. Responsibilities include:
  • Collecting donations from schools, organizations and individuals
  • Arranging packing parties
  • Managing and tracking donation inventory
  • Sending thank you notes to donors
Trip Coordinator Co-Chair:
Each year hundreds of groups travel to Siem Reap to participate in volunteer service projects at CFC schools. This Co-chair should be organized, a good communicator and possess basic computer skills. Responsibilities include:
  • Work with companies, schools and families to arrange these trips
  • Work with CFC's Siem Reap team to arrange local transportation, identify projects and determine project costs, as well as arrange tours of CFC schools and participation in Food for Thought program.
Volunteer and Fair Coordinator:
Volunteers are critical to making sure our programs and events run smoothly. This Coordinator's role is to recruit volunteers to support all of CFC's Singapore programs. This person should be outgoing and enjoy working with people. Responsibilities include:
  • Meeting with potential volunteers to assess their interests and skills
  • Securing and managing tables at school and community fairs
  • Recruiting volunteers to manage CFC's tables at fairs
Communications Liasion:
Singapore is home to over 200 active volunteers and 1,500 CFC supporters who participate in events and fundraisers. This role supports all Singapore communications related to these activities. This liasion should love writing and editing, have great communication skills and be willing to work as part of a team. Graphic design experience considered a plus. Responsibilities include:
  • Creating event invitations and local brochures
  • Managing the distribution of all local communications
  • Assisting CFC's communication team around the world as needed
A special call-out to kids and teachers everywhereI
Be bothered! Be inspired! Get involved!
Introducing our 2015 Youth Information Pack! Please click here to see how you can make a difference for the kids at our CFC schools. Simply read the information, check out the links and ideas to see what activities make the most sense for you. Whether you want to learn more about Cambodia's history, start a club at your school or kick off your own fundraiser - there is something for everyone who wants to take action.
Our CFC Youth Ambassador Adrienne Barlia is ready to answer your questions and help you with whatever action you decide to take. You can reach her at
The gift of giving

Recent contributions prove that CFC volunteer efforts come in all sizes and from all corners of the world! 
Uniform collection (Singapore)...
When secondary student Nian Kai of Dunman High School in Singapore (above) realized that used school uniforms could be put to better use, he mobilized a team of fellow students to organize a uniform collection. Going an extra step, he and his friends also hand-sewed new buttons on all two hundred uniform shirts. The uniforms were delivered to Siem Reap and recently distributed to deserving and grateful CFC secondary students (right).
Thank you Nian Kai and Dunman High School!
Shopping for a Cause (Piedmont, California)...Californian supporters shopped for fall fashions and supported CFC on August 11th in Piedmont, California. Those who attended the event browsed and purchased fall fashions from the WbyWorth collection and 10% of proceeds were donated to CFC. Many thanks to California Chapter Leader Edna Cooper and Diane Goetz who graciously hosted the event in her home.
Toothbrush Donation (Piedmont, California)....
CFC's cornerstone Bright Smiles Bright Futures program received another generous donation of toothbrushes from the Piedmont, California practices of Orthodontist Dr. Frank Helm and Dr. Gregory Young, DDS. Thank you!
Students helping students
 Thank you to all school communities near and far -- 
you are all making a difference!
Auriane Lanctot, a Grade 5 student from the International School of Singapore, was inspired to help after visiting our schools in Siem Reap. She and two friends - Floor Oldenziel and Ava Walsh organized a donation drive and collected soft toys, puzzles and books for our preschools.
As another school year gets underway, the generosity of the Tanglin Trust School community in Singapore continues to benefit our students in Siem Reap. Young supporters collected 140 new backpacks in support of our August Calendar of Giving campaign.
Well done everyone!
Students from Chatsworth International School in Singapore collected and donated school supplies, dental hygiene items and needed clothing for our schools. The students will personally deliver the items during their upcoming volunteer service trip in November. Thank you and we look forward to your trip!
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