Reflecting on 2017 and looking forward to 2018!
by Micayla Kinder
It’s hard to believe that 2017 has come and gone and we are quickly approaching 2018! The end of each year often brings a time when people reflect on all the victories and successes from the year and look forward to what is to come. For Children Beyond Our Borders, Inc. 2017 was a wonderful year! We held our 4th annual Gala and raised money for our CWOB programs, trained and promoted many new interns, sent volunteers on unforgettable service trips through Bound For Peace, added new scholars to our IAMCBOB scholars program, and worked tirelessly to make all of our CWOB workshops excellent!
The latest activity in 2017 was interviews for the next round of VIP interns. While many VIP interns plan to remain in their position during the new year many positions are left open which regularly allows a new set of talent and skill to enter into the CBOB family. Beginning in 2018, a new team of interns will join VIP and join our efforts of making CBOB great and fulfilling our mission. The new interns are very excited to begin working for CBOB and plan to take CBOB to the next level. Keep an eye out for a blog in the future to find out more about the new team!
Another exciting thing coming up for CBOB in 2018 is our Community Health Fair. CBOB will be hosting a completely free community health fair aimed at helping underprivileged families who struggle to afford healthcare, but all are welcome. This health fair will take place on January 20th, 2018 from 1 to 5 p.m. The fair will allow individuals access to free, basic consultations and physical exams. There will also be games and zumba to promote physical fitness and wellness. Lastly, healthy snacks and foods will also be provided! The fair will be located at: 13719 NW 146 Ave Alachua, FL 32615.
The start of the new year also means a new season of Bound For Peace service trips! Every year volunteers pack their bags and set off on an amazing adventure to help children in need and explore a new country! This year there will be trips both during spring break and summer. Over spring break, volunteers will travel on three separate trips to Medellin, Cartagena and Cali Colombia. The deadline to apply for a spring break trip is January 21st. Over the summer, volunteers will be going on three separate trips to Quito, Ecuador as well as Medellin and Cartagena Colombia. The deadline to apply for these trips is February 25th. These trips provide students with the opportunity to facilitate workshops, work directly with children and experience a new culture. To apply and learn more information visit: chbob.org/bound-for-peace.
In addition to new interns and service trips, CBOB is also preparing for their upcoming January workshops. These workshops are designed to be fun and educational for kids in our communities. The first workshop of the year is called Be The Light and it will be focused on the new year and helping these kids become the best version of themselves! The new year brings new ideas, new goals and new opportunities and this workshop will show children some of the key principles of life and how to utilize them. The workshop will take place on January 13th at Great Value Suites: 7100 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809. Volunteers are needed so we hope to see you there!
Children Beyond Our Borders would like to thank you all for supporting us and making 2017 incredible. We look forward to having an even better 2018 with you! Be sure to follow our social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates about future CBOB events!