We have a dream...

A Building of our own

. We have always wanted to be able to get a building of our own that would provide a business for our members to run and give them job training.  In addition, this building would provide a place for us to have meetings, do other types of job training and provide housing for those members who need it..

In the past several years, there have been many budget cuts that affected the disabled.  If the future holds more of the same, the disabled will be left without help. We want to start now so that our members have the skills and attitudes to meet this challenge when the time arrives!

 In the summer of 2012, we joined Donor's Forum and are now actively searching for grants to make our dream a reality.  We can no longer operate on dues and the meager donations we receive and we cannot continue to wait for jobs to become available to our members. We must work to create what we need.  We have a planning committee and have attended workshops to learn how to find grants, write grants,  set up a business and market it.

We are trying to raise $100,000. to start a "Green products" business with all items being made in the U.S.A. Some of our items will help homeless women and children and various other groups of disabled young adults. We expect to start the business online to learn as we go and to change what we offer until we have a steady following.  At that point we would like to move into a store which would offer us other needed job skills that we could teach our members. Our hope is to teach enough job skills to our members so that they could earn a living wage and not depend on the whims of the government for their subsistent monthly checks.
A business of our own will make it possible for us to provide employment and job training for our members and help to support our charitable organization.

Vaughn & Friends Alumni Association, Inc.

.                           Fundraising
We recycle to  help ourselves and in turn help save the environment. We collect used, no longer needed cell phone and original empty inkjet cartridges and laser cartridges.  We recycle the inkjet cartridges through www.Empties4cash.com . In turn, we purchase remanufactured inkjet cartridges from www.inksmile.com to print our bi-annual newsletter, brochures, flyers and announcements. If you  give our referral number (43531) when ordering remanufactured inkjets from Inksmile.com, we will receive an amount equal to 5% of your order at no cost to you. We receive payment for the inkjet cartridges that we recycle through Empties4cash.com.  We, then, benefit from this practice as does the environment by keeping those items out of landfills. In addition, we recycle the no longer used cell phones that our members bring in through www.eco-cell.com.  Again , we are paid for sending the phones to them and helping the environment by keeping those phones out of landfills and protecting the environment from further damage by the hazardous materials contained in those phones. If you are interested in sending us your used cell phones and empty inkjet cartridges for us to recycle in place of a cash donation, please e-mail me at Jerrie @vaughn-a-a.com. I will give you instructions on how to get them to us. When received, we will mail a receipt to you as proof of your tax deductible gift to us. Your donation to us in this regard will be greatly appreciated.

 Add the Vaughn and Friends Alumni toolbar to your Internet Explorer of Firefox. Once you add the Vaughn and Friends Alumni Association toolbar to your Internet Explorer or Firefox, you will be able to shop at one of the more than 1,300 participating stores and a percentage of what you spend will be donated to us at no extra cost to you! (You could even save money as the toolbar provides coupons and deals.) The toolbar also has a search box and each time you search the internet, about a penny is donated to us. That isn't much but if hundreds of people did hundreds of searches on that toolbar, we would make a significant amount of money. No registration is required!  http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/vaughn-and-friends-alumni-association
Again: To download that toolbar and give us that invaluable help, just go to: www.goodshop.com/toolbar/vaughn-and-friends-alumni-association.
In addition, go to Amazonsmile.com to place all of your Amazon orders. Click our name as the charity of your choice and place your order. A percentage of your order will be donated to us at no cost to you and it will be a great help to us

  You can help !....