This platform has two simultaneous goals:1- Connect people by allowing them to share the same meal and engage in friendly conversations on culture, religion, hobbies, social issues, global problems, our similarities and differences.2- Make charitable fundraising fun and interesting.
Experiencing new cultures, meeting old friends, making new ones, spending quality time, learning new things, sharing your thoughts and feelings are some of the intended outcomes of Dine & Connect & Donate.
In this trial run, our hosts will select one of the following 501-c3 charities as beneficiaries of their share of the proceedings:
> Alternatives for Girls - alternativesforgirls.org> Africa Water Well Project (through Embrace Relief) - embracerelief.org/africa-water-well/> Greater Lansing Food Bank- greaterlansingfoodbank.org> PeaceQuest (through Greater Lansing United Nations Association) - peacequestgreaterlansing.org> St. Jude Children's Research Hospital- www.stjude.org
Our guests can choose any 501-c3 charitable organization (religious congregation, charities, cultural centers, etc.) as beneficiary, including the ones above.
Due to late sunset time during the summer, these programs will start at 8:45pm and meal will be served at sunset.
Step1- Please let us know your interest to host dinners by filling out the application form at http://tinyurl.com/DCD-Host
Step2- There is a screening process before we can add you to our system as a host. We will contact you about this.
Step2- We will match you up with a host along with other guests. You will be notified of where the host wants his/her share of donations to be sent to (which will be one of the three organization listed above).
Step3- To be able to hold your seat, you will need to mail 50% of the meal’s donation amount as a personal check made to the host’s choice of charitable organization. (This check also acts as a deposit, refundable until 1 week before the dinner and non-refundable after that.)
Step4- Please bring the remaining 50% of the donation to the dinner as a check made to your choice of charitable organization in a stamped and addressed non-sealed envelope and present to the host. (The host will then mail it on your behalf).
Step5- Enjoy your iftar dinner with your host and other guests!