Thank you TPP Volunteers

by | Apr 22, 2022 | ShiftHappens

“If you want to be important—wonderful. If you want to be recognized—wonderful. If you want to be great—wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That’s a new definition of greatness. By giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. And you can be that servant.” 

As we celebrate national volunteer week, I am reminded of the above quote from a sermon given by Dr. Martin Luther King. At The Pollination Project, we are the beneficiaries of this kind of greatness– the kind that flows from service– every single day. 

Our paid staff team is quite lean, yet we receive an average of 6,000 applications each year. In the past, this has caused some to wonder how we can possibly screen, fund, and support the immense volume of seed funding applications we receive each day. The secret is that The Pollination Project is supported by a veritable volunteer army of love. Nothing we do would be possible without the volunteers who prescreen each application. We are so grateful for Mary Connors, Philip Banda, Nancy Myers, Emmanuel Ogwel, Michael Abdullahi, Mohini Sharma, and Ayodele Ayeni, who review each and every proposal to make sure it has all the necessary information for our team of grant advisors to make a thoughtful, informed funding decision. 

Our prescreening volunteers pass the applications on to our team of volunteer grant advisors, too numerous to list here (check out this section of our website if you are interested in reading biographies and learning a little more about our advisors). These advisors, most of whom are former grantees themselves, know exactly what it takes to plan and lead a successful grassroots volunteer project. Their service is precious to us because they are the most qualified people to do this important work. 

After our advisors make funding decisions, they are able to welcome new members of The Pollination Project community, each of whom is an individual working on a volunteer-led grassroots project. Working at the individual level ensures that those most directly impacted by a community’s challenges are empowered to solve them. Projects led by grassroots leaders inspire additional volunteer support, as those in the community have more ownership in a project and a stronger interest in supporting their local leaders.

Our changemakers attract roughly 138 hours of volunteer time for their projects after receiving seed funding. Based on recent estimates about the hourly value of volunteer work, our community has unleashed over $15 million in volunteer leadership in service of grassroots causes around the world, over three times the $6 million our advisors have given in seed grants.

In sharing the gift of time, our volunteers share a gift of love that creates space for hope, possibility and transformation. With heart and dedication to service, they help to move projects forward. 

From all of us at The Pollination Project, we extend our sincere thanks to each volunteer for sharing their time, talent and radiant heart. Each of you are a treasured co-conspirator in compassion, and we are so grateful. 



Call for our Spanish speaking followers 👇

🐮🐷🐔🐣 ¡Te invitamos a unirte a la octava edición del Retiro de Meditación para Activistas por los Animales! 🧘🏻‍♀️ Este evento gratuito, dirigido a activistas hispanohablantes, se llevará a cabo los días 4 y 5 de mayo de 2024 a través de Zoom, y estará guiado por nuestro facilitador, Tashi Nyima.

❔ ¿Por qué participar? Sabemos que muchos activistas por los animales enfrentan desafíos emocionales que pueden afectar su capacidad para seguir adelante. 📣🆘

✅ En este retiro, aprenderás valiosas estrategias de autocuidado para fortalecer tu mundo interior y hacer que tu activismo sea más compasivo y efectivo. 🫶🏼✊🏼


¡Ayúdanos a difundir esta invitación entre tus contactos comprometidos con la causa! 🌱💚

#activistas #animalistas #meditacion #derechosanimales #animalrights #animalactivism #heartivism
🌟 Empowering Through Play! 🌟

Nature Trust (Tamilnadu, India) launched the project, "Enhance the Skills of Children with Disabilities through Play," supported by one of our seed grants 🎉✨ Timed with World Autism Awareness Day 2024, this initiative resonates with the theme of "Empowering the Autistic Voices."

In particular, the grant allowed Nature Trust to provide specially curated play materials to 20 remarkable children with diverse disabilities. These tools were thoughtfully selected to ignite their development and unlock their potential. 🧩🎨

At the distribution event held on March 31st, the atmosphere was filled with joy as children and parents expressed gratitude for the newfound importance of play in their lives. 💖👦👧 The presence of local leaders underscored the significance of inclusive initiatives like this one.

Beyond distribution, Nature Trust volunteers engaged with the children, creating lasting connections and memories. 🤝 

Through the power of play, Nature Trust is fostering a more inclusive world where every child has the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential. 🌈 

Let's continue spreading joy and empowerment through play! 

#EmpowerThroughPlay #InclusiveCommunities 🌟 
#childrenwithdisabilities #autism #supportchildren #kindness #heartivism #India
It's Volunteer Month! 🌟 🌟 🌟 Today we celebrate our grant advisors working on Economic Development focus area.

By meticulously selecting projects for our seed grants, they're not just funding ideas—they're empowering communities and sparking transformative change. 

Join us in celebrating their invaluable efforts and the positive impact they're creating together!

🔸 Eric Anorrey (Ghana)
🔸 Mariam Nakiryowa (Uganda)
🔸 Jean-Marie Zihalirwa (DRC)
🔸 Emily Logiron Asekon (Kenya)
🔸 Georgia Bernbaum (USA) 
🔸 Herve Tsoala Kuete (Cameroon)
🔸 Jackson Bizimungu (Rwanda)
🔸 Okumu Dickson (Uganda)
🔸 Samuel Litunya (Kenya)


#volunteermonth #volunteer #heartivism #economicdevelopment #change #empoweringcommunities
The Green Earth Initiative (#Cameroon) is a project dedicated to educating and empowering students about climate change, sustainable development, and environmental challenges, that has received a seed grant from The Pollination Project in 2023. With a focus on fostering environmental protection and conservation, the initiative establishes Eco-clubs and Environment Clubs in schools, providing students with the tools to learn, engage, and take action in their communities.

Since receiving the grant from TPP, the Green Earth Initiative has expanded its reach, now encompassing 9 additional schools across two regions/cities, surpassing its initial goal of 5. 
This expansion was made possible by the overwhelming interest from school authorities and the growing number of volunteers and team members.

Through the support of TPP and other partners, the project's environmental education programs, awareness campaigns, and initiatives have impacted over 8000 students in two cities of Cameroon. Additionally, the initiative has planted over 600 trees, launched 5 Environment/Eco Clubs, and distributed over 150 adapted waste bins produced from recycled plastics, contributing to proper waste management practices.

The seed grant from The Pollination Project has been instrumental in catalyzing the growth and success of the Green Earth Initiative, enabling it to make a tangible difference in the lives of students and communities, while fostering a culture of environmental stewardship and sustainability. 

#environmentprotection #seedgrant #heartivism #environmentaleducation