The second month of AM’s 2013 Summer Matching Marathon has just begun. The Summer Matching Marathon (SMM) is our biggest annual fundraising campaign, where every dollar donated to Abriendo Mentes between June 1st and August 31st will be matched by a private donor. This year, we have upped the ante and have increased our fundraising goal to $7,500, which if met, will result in a total contribution of $15,000 to AM!
Thanks to our generous supporters, we successfully raised $5,000 last summer, which when doubled, resulted in a total donation of $10,000 to Abriendo Mentes. Last year’s Summer Matching Marathon was used to fund vital operation costs, including rent, utilities, and teacher salaries, as well as core program costs, including field trips and Fun Fridays for our youth participants (weekly extracurricular activities featuring music, art, sports, environmental education, etc.), the purchase of new equipment to expand our technology center, supplies for the brand new office for the Womens’ Group, and materials for our adult ESL classes. Without the generosity of our donors, AM would not be able to continue to provide the invaluable educational opportunities that we offer to the rural Costa Rican communities we serve. We are so grateful to everyone who has donated to AM over the past four years; please know that your contribution has made a significant impact in our work and the lives of our participants. If you would like to learn more about this year’s Summer Matching Marathon, or if you would like to make a donation, please visit our SMM webpage.