According to Wikipedia - Sponsoring something or someone is the act of supporting an event, activity, person, or organization financially. The individual or group that provides the support is known as a sponsor.
When I was growing up our family sponsored a child overseas and I loved getting the letters from her. We received a photos from her and got to see her grow through the pictures. As a teen I sponsored a child in Haiti and got to meet her while traveling there on a mission trip. This was an amazing experience for me but I know that others often don’t get that experience. We pray for these students and send our financial support but meeting them and spending time with them is often not convenient or affordable. When I started working at Tiqvah one of the first things we did as a family was sponsor a Tiqvah student. Our Tiqvah student is now in junior high. We get to write to him, volunteer in his classroom, attend special events and see him grow because our Tiqvah student is only 15 minutes from our house.
Tiqvah is a non-profit organization (501c3) that offers our program free of charge to students and their families. We are able to do this through grants, fundraisers, direct public support and individual contributions. Last year alone 45% of our income came from individual contributions. This is a huge blessing and one that we must continue to grow in order to reach sustainability and growth. With our financial blessings this year we have been able to:
Maintain a teacher to child ratio of 1:13 within 6 classrooms (goal of 72 students)
First/Second grade, Third grade, Forth grade, Fifth grade, Jr. High Girls, Jr. High Boys
Elementary teachers at 30 hours a week (4 teachers) and two days a week for both Jr. High Girls and Boys
Four program days a week for 1st-5th grades and two days a week for both Jr. High Girls and Jr. High BoysMaintain a teacher to child ratio of 1:12 within 6 classrooms (goal of 72 students)
Two snacks (including one fresh fruit) plus higher quality dinners
Tiqvah graduate mentoring program (Tiqvah Bridge)
This is where sponsorship comes into play. For those interested in supporting us individually or as a small group or business for an on-going basis we have a program called sponsorship. Through sponsorship you are welcome to choose a Tiqvah student to be your sponsorship child or you can choose to sponsor a “seat” in one of our Tiqvah classrooms. Sponsoring a child or “seat” is rewarding for both the sponsor and the child. The impact your support makes is so much more than food and shelter. This partnership provides an opportunity for spiritual and emotional security. In other words; Hope. As a sponsor, here are some ways we invite you to get involved:
Write to your child.
Sign up to volunteer at Tiqvah.
Pray for your child.
Come to our Christmas and Spring dinners to see your child perform and enjoy dinner with our students.
Receive invites to special events like program tours, connect events, and team trainings.
Attend and contribute to our annual fundraising events (5k in the summer and dinner in the spring)
Receive Tiqvah quarterly newsletters, as well as, a sponsor only newsletter from your child’s classroom at least 3 times a school year.
If you would like to help support Tiqvah and our efforts to make a difference in our community and to further God’s kingdom please click on the link below.
The second type of sponsorship offered at Tiqvah is through our fundraising events. Last year 19% of our income came from our fundraisers. Fundraisers are an important aspect of our sustainability at Tiqvah and also a fun way to share our program with friends and family. If you are an area business owner or know someone who would be interested in sponsoring one of our fundraising events (Celebration of Hope on Dec 1st at Glenmoor Country Club; Evening of Hope on March 9th at Cultural Art Center; or 5K at Kent/Stark State in July) please contact Executive Director, Lesley Doan via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (330) 354-9697.