During the Sept. 2015 to Sept. ’17 period we outdid ourselves by raising approximately $22,000, of which $2500 went for buying new stock. The rest, $19,500, went to the three groups we support in Kenya, $6500 each to the Spurgeons Academy, Msamaria Mwema, and the Ndethya Women’s Cooperative.
Sales of jewelry, glass and other items donated and purchased in Kenya produced over half of the total raised. Sales were held at the UU Bazaar; Indiana Memorial Union; Washington, DC Cathedral School Reunion; African Studies Association Conferences, 2016 and ’17; and at Claire Robertson’s home. We are looking for other venues. With enough help we could do another sale next year at the Monroe County Convention Center, using a UU grant of $300 to pay for the space.
The IOTF holds bake sales the third Sunday of each month all year. (We could use more volunteers to host.) Bakes sales produce a reliable income of about $2400 per year. Many thanks to bakers and hosts! We also participate in football parking, with other Social Justice task forces. Like other task forces, we also receive tax-deductible donations.