3 great ways to learn about & support UNICEF:
- SHARE THE PLATE-OCTOBER: Get ready for UNICEF Sunday by supporting the Greater Milwaukee United Nations Association, our October Share the Plate recipient. Current projects of GMUNAâ€™s Education Committee include efforts to incorporate the UNA-USAâ€™s â€œGlobal Classroomsâ€ curriculum in Milwaukeeâ€™s urban schools and to involve area schools in educational UN Day observances. Learn more here: Share the Plate
- BAKE SALE & “TRICK OR TREAT for UNICEF:” Since 2001, our First Church children are making a difference by participating in our own annual UNICEF fundraising campaign in the fall. Children and teens will hold bake sales and don costumes to “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” during Coffee Hours on November 3. Please come prepared to be generous with lots of pocket change!
- FORUM: Visit the Sunday Morning Forum â€œEmpowering Children through Education and Healthâ€ with KeleMarie Lyons, Board President for the Circle of Empowerment, an organization serving children in 9 villages in the area around Aposentillo, Nicaragua. More information: Sunday Morning Forum.
Support our kidsâ€™ efforts
by wearing a costume to church!
Please read on for more information about UNICEF, Â or click here for upcoming activities at First Church!
The original Kids Helping KidsÂ® campaign
For more than 60 years, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has served as the original Kids Helping Kids campaign. In 1950, children across America were inspired to collect coins for UNICEF to aid children abroad enduring the after-effects of World War II. It was not just a charity effortâ€”it was a call to end the needless suffering of their more vulnerable peers around the globe. Â Since then, for generations of Americans, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has been a powerful way to make a difference in the lives of the worldâ€™s children.
What is UNICEF?
UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) is a global organization that saves kids’ lives in over 150 countries by providing clean water, nutrition, medicines, education and aid in emergencies.
Areas of UNICEF focus:
Examples of current initiatives:
- UNICEF provides child immunizations and vaccinations to more than half of the world’s children.
- UNICEF provides families with clean drinking water and sanitation, helping nearly 1.8 billion people gain access to safe drinking water.
- UNICEF helps protect children against malaria; in 2012 we distributed more than 18 million anti-malaria bed nets.
- UNICEF provides nourishment to prevent malnutrition; in many famine-ravaged countries we are the main provider of ready-to-eat therapeutic foods that can bring children back from the brink of starvation.
- UNICEF participates in the fight against AIDS by caring for children affected by AIDS and ensuring that infected pregnant women get the drugs they need to prevent transmission of the virus to their babies.
- UNICEF strives to provide access to a quality education for all children.
More information about First Church UNICEF initiative: