Looking ahead to 2019

Looking ahead to 2019

On Saturday, December 8, Uniting Distant Stars held their annual board meeting to elect officers and start planning for 2019. First, we like to announce the re-appointment of our officers (Philip Kaleewoun IIAdam Pederson, and Diane Anastosfor another year. Congrats to our 2019 Board Officers!

Fundraising Team

Second, we like to share that three of our board members (Rita ApalooAdam Pederson, and Beyan Gonowolo) agreed to collaborate on our fundraising efforts for 2019. Specifically, this tremendous trio will be looking at various events, outreach to businesses and organizations, and other creative ways to fundraise. Thus, this supports Liberian Youth seeking to learn a skill and achieve self-reliance.

Strategic Plan

Third, we discussed the implementation of our strategic plan initiated in June 2018. With this intention, we plan to diversify our revenue streams to meet our main objective of financial stability. For example, the establishment of four social enterprises coupled with our courses as follows:

  1. Tailoring Shop: sew custom uniforms & clothes or repair clothing.
  2. Hair Salon: offer services for hair, face, and nails.
  3. Auto Repair Shop: provide regular maintenance service and repairs.
  4. Contracted Electrician and Plumbing Services: bid for contracts to build homes, schools, etc.
With this intention, a social enterprise or business allows us to reinvest the profits back into the program and beneficiaries. Also, we have envisioned a social business since we started working in Liberia. Because these small businesses provide the revenue stream to run the day-to-day operations and hire our graduates for permanent jobs.Consequently, Liberia’s economy continues to remain in a slump and this limits any job creation opportunities. Our Liberian Team established some small businesses since we opened our center. So as to generate funds to cover some of the needs. Including selling water and renting out our great hall for events or workshops. In order to expand into these other areas, a list of additional equipments and tools  will be compiled by our team to determine the next steps. Ultimately, by transforming our facility into a multi-purpose center, we can achieve our strategic goal of financial stability.

We will keep you posted as we move forward with our plans for 2019. Thank you for your generous support in 2018!

Meet Uniting Distant Stars 2018 Board Officers

Meet Uniting Distant Stars 2018 Board Officers

We are excited to announce our 2018 Board Officers who were elected during our annual meeting on December 16, 2017. Philip Kaleewoun II will be taking the helm as the board chair for the coming year. He has served on our board since 2015. Both Adam Pederson and Diane Anastos will reprise their roles as secretary and treasurer. Please click on their name to read their bios.

In addition to these leadership roles, Rita Apaloo will be chairing our fundraising committee. We have some new volunteers who are eager to help us fundraise, who will be part of this important committee.

We want to extend our heartfelt Thanks to Miriam (Monono) Isaac who chaired our board in 2017.

Congratulations to Philip Kaleewoun, Adam Pederson, Diane Anastos, and Rita Apaloo!!!