Caring Connections
April 2016
A global update on awareness and support
Upcoming Events
Jamie Amelio to speak at Kent State University
Kent, Ohio
Wednesday, April 27th
In partnership with Women for Women Ohio, Jamie will be sharing the stage with Cambodian-born author Loung Ung author of "First They Killed My Father". Details forthcoming.
Evening for Orange
Saturday, October 22nd
Austin, Texas
Details forthcoming.
Personal Fundraising Highlight
After the success of Feeding Minds Fighting Hunger's Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb in 2014, Dylan Palladino has looked for new ways to increase FMFH's impact on food security at CFC schools. Since January 2015, FMFH's 'Vegetables for Change' program has expanded to both junior high and high school campuses at Bakong and Aranh Sakor with school gardens. The program also funds an agricultural expert who works to integrate garden and entrepreneurial activities into the school curriculum. FMFH has already raised over USD$130K towards its goal of USD$200K. To make a donation towards this worthy cause, please click here.
Join a CFC Chapter near you!
We have a vibrant and growing chapter network around the globe, and perhaps even in your own area. Click the city/region below for email contact. Get involved and join the fun!
Jamie Amelio visits Singapore
Timed with the Board of Directors meeting in Siem Reap, CEO and Founder Jamie Amelio spent several days in Singapore in late February. It was a fantastic 'orange week' that reinvigorated everyone. Jamie enjoyed personal interactions with CFC's supporter and volunteer base, school communities at Singapore American School and Tanglin Trust School, and our talented international teacher training team. She spent time strategizing and collaborating with our Singapore teams. At the week's end, Jamie hosted a beautiful and well-attended luncheon at Red Sea Gallery in Dempsey Hill as a gesture of thanks and appreciation.
"Being in Singapore always feels like home to me. Our Singapore volunteer team is at the core of what keeps CFC going smoothly. I love their excitement and commitment. Speaking to the student communities at Tanglin and SAS was an absolute joy. Meeting with our incredible international teacher trainers was a wonderful reminder of their critical role in keeping our CFC teachers engaged, trained, and empowered. As always, I never seem to have enough time to thank everyone face to face. Everyone deserves so much more than just a 'thank you'. I am forever grateful for all you do."
                    ~ Jamie Amelio, CEO and Founder
Jamie Amelio speaks at
The Chicago Council Symposium
On March 6th, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs hosted a half-day International Women's Day Global Health Symposium in Chicago. The symposium explored how women are affecting change in the health field both on the local and global levels. It also examined the economic, political, geographic, and cultural factors involved in addressing global women’s health. 
Founder and CEO Jamie Amelio was invited to be one of the esteemed speakers at the event. During her talk, Jamie emphasized the urgency to continue to focus attention on Cambodia and their educational needs. To watch the livestream of Jamie’s presentation, please click here to access the Council's website, and then select 'break-out session #2.
'Bridges to Cambodia' ~ What a Night!
        San Francisco hosts inaugural gala
Under the energetic and impeccable leadership of California Chapter Leader Edna Cooper, CFC held its first charity gala in downtown San Francisco on Saturday, March 5th. Guests were treated to an elegant and fun evening at the exquisite Julia Morgan Ballroom. In addition to many Californians, the event brought together CFC supporters from as far away as Singapore, Florida, Georgia, Illinois and Texas, and the audience included many who were new to CFC's cause. It was an extraordinary evening and the guests did not hesitate to demonstrate their support and generosity. Beautiful pieces of artwork, enticing vacation packages, fine wines, and jewelry were among the items successfully auctioned off to the highest bidder. All in all, a fabulous evening with an incredible USD$155,000 in net proceeds to support CFC schools and programs!
CFC would like to recognize the generous support of DLA Piper LLP as the gala's corporate sponsor. The event also would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors and benefactors: Bill and Jamie Amelio; Hong and Tinara Choing; Brent and Sandra Smith; Sokunthea Oum and Geoffrey Fite; David and Anne Wilhoit; Stephen and Suellen Carson; Bill and Andrea Fulton; Bob Ellis and Jane Bernstein; Carolyn and Erik Viens; John and Edna Cooper; Barbara Davis; Carl and Mary Lukach; and Marilyn Weber.
In addition, special thanks are due to photographer Ann Murphy, to all those who donated auction prizes and in-kind donations, and, of course, to Edna Cooper and her tireless team of volunteers. 'Bridges to Cambodia' - what a night!
If you are interested in viewing photographs taken at the event, please click here to access CFC's SmugMug account. All photographs can be downloaded for free, and purchases are available directly from SmugMug. Enjoy the memories!
2015 Caring Hand Award
One special highlight of the Gala evening was the presentation of the 2015 Caring Hand Award by Founder Jamie Amelio to long-time volunteer and supporter Carolyn Viens (photographed at right). Carolyn has graced CFC with her kindness and talents since her involvement began in 2009 when she and her daugther, Jackie, took part in a service trip to Siem Reap. Since then, her contributions have grown and she has proven herself to be invaluable at building strong networks for CFC as the first California Chapter Leader, and, since 2014, the Midwest Chapter Leader.

Carolyn's humility masks a proactive and results-oriented approach that has generated tremendous awareness and support for CFC. Thank you and congratulations, Carolyn!
COO Natalie Bastow visits Bay Area schools
While visiting the San Francisco area to attend the 'Bridges to Cambodia' Gala, COO Natalie Bastow shared her experience and insights with students at Piedmont High School (PHS) and Shu Ren International School.
Natalie spoke to PHS students at an event that was co-sponsored by the school's CFC Club. While the primary focus was on CFC, the discussion was also rich with questions and answers about getting involved with nonprofit organizations. Natalie spoke about the importance of sustainability and gave examples of how CFC works to ensure that one day, Cambodians will be running their own school system based on best practices. The group also discussed ways to encourage more involvement in the school's CFC Club including collection campaigns, fundraising, developing pen pal relationships with CFC students, and participating in food packing sessions through CFC’s partner, Feed My Starving Children. CFC is pleased to be a part of the PHS community and grateful for the dynamic leadership of this school club.
Natalie also spoke to an attentive and well-spoken group of elementary students at the Shu Ren International School, a Mandarin-English immersion school located in Berkeley. The students were captivated by what Natalie shared about CFC and Cambodia, a country several of them had even visited with their families. With this younger audience, the discussion focused on communities - similarities and differences, and why communities should always seek ways to help each other. CFC looks forward to fostering a new relationship with the Shu Ren school.
Check out our Singapore Volunteer Opportunities:
There's something for everyone!
The dynamic and energetic Singapore volunteer management team is looking for volunteers to fill several important positions. This is a great opportunity to get involved with a fun group of like-minded individuals, and to add some 'orange' to your world and wardrobe! Positions can be filled by more than one person, so if you and a friend are interested in working together, we would be happy to speak with you. Commitments and responsibilities vary by position, but we absolutely guarantee that you will have fun!
Goods and Donations Committee Co-Chairs
Fairs Committee Chairperson
Volunteer Committee Chairperson
Retail Committee Chairperson
General Volunteers
If you, or someone you know, are interested in any of these positions, please contact us at for more information.
Shop on-line and earn money for CFC!
Our schools receive a charitable contribution each time you shop through iGive or amazonSmile. Don't forget to designate CFC as your charity of choice; it's easy to do! For help, please click here to view our 'how-to' videos.
Caring from afar: Monthly Collection Campaigns
Our monthly Calendar of Giving offers supporters an easy opportunity to get involved. The items featured are difficult to find in Cambodian or too expensive for our teachers and students to obtain. But you can help - no matter where you live in the world!
Mobilize resources through schools, scout troops, families, offices, teams, etc., and then contact us to register your campaign and get any questions answered. You can choose to collect physical items and ship them to Singapore (CFC will handle final delivery to Siem Reap), or you can donate on-line to a specific campaign and our CFC staff will be able to purchase the items directly in Siem Reap. By donating on-line, your gift benefits Cambodia twice - once by directly helping kids and once by benefiting the local economy!
To make a monetary donation to our April Calendar of Giving (TOILETRY ITEMS), please click here. A contribution of USD$10 will be directed towards the purchase of one complete hygiene kit.
Visit our website (click here) to preview all campaigns.
To register or ask questions, contact us at
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