Q&A with Casey
What inspired you to start your own fundraising campaign? Is there anyone you would like to dedicate it to, or any special event that motivated you?
I have always been aware of helping others. I had guidance from my mother, and it was her faith and involvement in the community that got me excited about helping those less fortunate. I looked forward to making sandwiches on Sunday evenings for the poor, and volunteering at my church’s soup kitchen. I always wanted to adopt a child, and have supported an Indian boy for the last 14 years through the Christian Child Fund. My most recent adventure was in 2005: I was fortunate to have taken a mission trip to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. I lived and worked with a family and was able to see firsthand how difficult life really was in a developing country. I was exposed to starving children with no access to food or clean water, and those suffering from serious diseases. It was painful not to be able to save everyone. These past experiences have all motivated me to want to start this fundraising campaign.
We take water for granted. I clean my car and watch gallons of water run down the street, I wash eight loads of laundry a week, and I run my dishwasher daily–just like most normal Americans. The less fortunate in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have this luxury of unlimited access to clean water. A simple, efficient well built in a community makes a life-changing difference for hundreds of people. Most importantly, water is an essential part of ALL LIFE and without access to water there is death.
What do you feel is the most important message to share with others about the need for access to clean water in Sub-Saharan Africa?
The most important message to share with others is to simply be aware, and open our minds and hearts to others less fortunate. A small sacrifice on our part will become a huge life changer to those who do not have the luxury of turning on a faucet. Building this well will provide hundreds of people with access to clean water for years to come, and I hope that you will all consider donating and passing this on to your friends and family.
How and when did you first learn of the Voss Foundation?
I am the South Florida Brand Manager for VOSS water and started working for VOSS in March 2011. My first month on the job I was fortunate to have met Kara Gerson (Executive Director of Voss Foundation) in NY, and I was able to see all the wonderful things that the Voss Foundation has done for the African community–I immediately wanted to be a part of it. It was not until World Water Day 2012 that I decided that I can really make a difference in the lives of hundreds by raising money from my closest friends and family.
What do you hope to accomplish through this campaign?
I hope to raise $12,000 by Earth Day 2013 to build “Casey’s Well.” I will personally donate the rest of the money that I am not able to raise, and also hope to travel to Africa to meet the families and see how impactful the well is to the community.
Learn more about your impact through Voss Foundation:
Just like a drop of water in a bucket, access to clean water creates a ripple effect in a community. In its first three years, the Voss Foundation’s water projects have facilitated access to clean water for over 100,000 people in communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Your individual contribution adds another ripple, building on our progress to help even more people! See how your impact goes way beyond water to bring positive change to a community through The Ripple Effect!