What is a China Care Club?
China Care Clubs are independent, student-run organizations that raise funds and awareness for our programs on their campus, as well as run community service programs (playgroups, mentoring, etc) to raise awareness of and build connections to Chinese culture, especially in their local adoptive community. Club members are also eligible to apply for an exclusive volunteer trip, a two week program volunteering in our China Care Home for medically fragile infants and toddlers in Beijing.
Each club crafts its own fundraising stategy, which results in an incredible variety of formal and informal events - bake sales, benefit converts, art shows, tie dyeing t-shirts, car washes, movie nights, and charity balls. There is no fundraising goal for clubs because we understand that the size of your club, the size of your school, and many other factors contribute to your ability to raise funds. We're grateful for any amount you raise to help the children. We do ask that clubs host at least one fundraising event or campaign each year, and send pictures to us via email or our facebook page.
Clubs should define a community service program that works for them and their community. This program may include playgroups for younger adopted children, mentoring for older adopted children, teaching Chinese lessons, pairing with local elementary schools to engage younger children in the club's philanthropic work, hosting speakers or movie viewings to raise awareness about Half the Sky's work in China...and the list goes on. We ask that clubs host at least 2-3 community service events each semester, and we love to see the photos you take as well!
Summer Volunteer Program
All active club members (both high school and college) are eligible to apply for our annual volunteer trip to the China Care Home in Beijing. The trip is a wonderful way for club members to meet the children the help throughout the year, as well as get a personal glimpse of the work we do in China. This is often a profound experience and volunteers return even more committed to their club's success.