Your Next Classroom Hero Experience Begins

Your Next Classroom Hero Experience Begins

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For the past two years, your generous giving as a Classroom Hero provided vocational training opportunities for over 200 students and helped 150 graduate in their given trades in 2018 and 2019.

You are invited to continue this journey as we launch our Classroom Hero Annual Campaign to support our third cohort of students. You have several ways you can help as a monthly donor or one-time giving as follows:

  • Your $10 monthly gift: inspires students to learn valuable skills
  • Your $20 monthly gift: *sponsors one student for Catering, Computers, Cosmetology, Hotel Management, & Tailoring (One-Year) Courses.
  • Your $25 monthly gift: *sponsors one student for Auto Mechanics, Electrician, & Plumbing (One-Year) Courses.
  • Your $30 monthly gift: pays for monthly maintenance
  • Your $50 one-time gift: pays water (sanitation) bill for one month
  • Your $100 one-time gift: buys stationary (chalk, paper, pens, etc.) for one month
  • Your $350 one-time gift: buys practical learning materials for 150 students a month
  • Your $500 one-time gift: buys 2 used desktop computers for the lab
  • Your $1,000 one-time gift: pays 10 instructors/staff their monthly stipend
  • Your $3,750 one-time gift: pays 5-year lease (second half) for the training center
  • Your $6,000 one-time gift: buys a used car for a driver’s education course

*The 2019/2020 one-year term started on May 1 and students who enroll in the next few weeks can easily catch up on what they missed. Your simple gift as a sponsor gives hope and opportunity to Liberian Youth seeking a better life.

Please donate through our website, Cash App $UDStarsFacebook page, or by check to Uniting Distant Stars and mail to Uniting Distant Stars @ 4010 Lawndale Lane North, Plymouth, MN 55446.

Save the Date for May 4 Fundraising Event

Save the Date for May 4 Fundraising Event

You are cordially invited to a fundraising event hosted by Beyan Gonowolo, UDS Board Member & Outreach Coordinator.

Theme: Education is Better than Silver & Gold
Venue: Equinox Apartments Residence Lounge at 2808 Silver Ln, Saint Anthony, MN, 55421​
Day & Time: Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 6 PM to 8 PM
Location: St. Anthony, MN
Details: Refreshments & snacks provided along with a short presentation about UDS programs in Liberia
Note: Please bring a friend

We look forward to seeing you there!

Shine a Light on Education Fundraiser in New York City

Shine a Light on Education Fundraiser in New York City

Uniting Distant Stars made its debut in the Big Apple with the well-organized efforts of Adam Pederson, Board Secretary. He worked with a friend to host a fundraiser on October 19 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM in Manhattan’s East Village. He found donated items such as African Art and modern abstract paintings for the silent auction. There was also a raffle draw for prizes of wine and champagne. The event offered free wine and hors d’oeuvres.


These photos show the various donated items for the silent auction. Photos by Adam Pederson

The goal of this fundraiser was $5,000 for our solar power initiative. Adam secured an anonymous $2,500 matching the gift to encourage people to donate and double their impact. This event was a huge success by raising $5,292…an exceeded goal! There were about 30 people who participated in this event and who brought more awareness to our vocational training program in Liberia. 

We will continue working with solar professionals in both Liberia and Minnesota to coordinate the next steps. The goal is not only to install solar panels but to have our electrician students help with the installation. All of UDS is overjoyed with making this strategic goal a reality.

Many Thanks to our new and continued supporters that contributed to helping Liberian Youth obtain marketable and valuable skills in trade careers!!!

Raising Awareness at Ten Thousand Villages

Raising Awareness at Ten Thousand Villages

Thank you for shopping at the Ten Thousand Villages Community Shopping Event held on May 21st! Your purchases (between 12:00pm- 4:00pm) were tallied, and 15%, approximately $225, was donated to Uniting Distant Stars. We also received about $23 in cash donations. Because of your generosity, 25 students will receive school supplies from our upcoming Annual School Supplies Drive, which will be supporting three primary schools (serving 700 students) in Liberia.

We would also like to express our immense gratitude toward Ten Thousand Villages for hosting this community shopping event on our behalf. This opportunity allowed for us to showcase our commitment to serving children and youth in Liberia, by providing them with educational resources and vocational training. We would also like to express a particular note of thanks to Ten Thousand Villages’ store manager, Julie, and her staff. They helped make it a successful day!

Uniting Distant Stars Information Table showcases your continued generosity. 
Our UDS volunteers did a great job representing our cause at the event. We are extremely grateful to this dedicated, talented team for contributing to the success of our organization. Special Acknowledgments to: Miriam Monono, Diane Anastos, Adam Pederson, Mary Rosendahl, Philip Kaleewoun II, and Florkime Paye.

UDS Board Members (left to right):Miriam, Diane and Adam.
Left to Right: UDS Co-founder & Executive Director Heather, Board Members Philip and Mary.
At our information table, we showcased a sample of a UDS backpack made by a Liberian teen from the Backpacks for Peace program. The backpacks constructed in this program are used not only as vessels for the Liberian youth to transport school materials, but they also serve as our “Emergency Preventative Kit” prototype (filled with mosquito netting, water filter, masks, gloves and more). Go to our projects page to see a photo of the items in this backpack.

UDS Backpack for Peace being worn by Heather is something you made possible. 
In addition to all these exciting developments, we received the Dimes for Dreams cans! Ten Thousand Villages became the first ever UDS supporter to put one of our cans on their counter. We’d like to issue another “thank you” to them for helping us kickstart this fundraising campaign. More details about this project are coming soon from our campaign coordinators Adam and Florkime.

UDS Dimes for Dreams cans are in and ready to start our campaign on June 1
Additionally, our “Recipes for Learning” Sample Cookbook arrived recently. Mary, our project lead, created this mock-up to show potential sponsors how they can benefit from helping this important initiative. There will be much more to share about this project in the near future.

UDS Recipes for Learning Sample Cookbook to show to potential sponsors.
For those who were not able to attend the Ten Thousand Villages Community Shopping Event, we will be back on December 3rd! We will continue to share with you how your support is changing the lives of Liberian children and youth in real time.

Announcements for this event will be published in November.