Fostering Opportunities

Trip participants and founders of Dispatch Project often get asked about the purpose of the trips and opportunities made available to the Sioux Falls business community. Dispatch Project desires to create a spirit of service among the business community.  Fostering opportunities to help business leaders, employers and employees gain perspective and make a difference is our primary objective.

Recently, we came across this article that highlights Whole Foods, who is trying to provide these same opportunities to their employees. Whole Foods sends several employees on overseas trips each year.

Claire was one of 15 employees in 2012 that Whole Foods supported to travel to Kenya….  Golubski had just returned home after a month-long volunteer trip in a village east of Nairobi, Kenya, and her friends had thrown her a welcome back party. It reminded her of how much gets taken for granted in developed economies. “You see the impact that a dime or a quarter would make on someone’s life, so when you come back, you’re so taken with what $7 could actually do with someone back in Kenya,” Golubski said.

Read the full article here!

If you’re interested in creating these types of opportunities for your employees, or to gain some perspective on a personal level, we would love to have you join us on an upcoming trip!

Article: Group Pushes Business-Led Mission Trips

A partnership of Sioux Falls businesses is trying to make it easier for employers to connect their morals and missions with international service.

The Dispatch Project, formed in early 2012, has gained more than one dozen corporate partners supporting its faith-based goal to support service work overseas.

Since it was founded, more than 50 members of the Sioux Falls business community have participated in trips to the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Haiti.

Full article…

Our Next Two Trips: Dominican Republic and Haiti

Dominican Republic – February 1-9, 2013
Those who choose to participate in this trip will be involved in a building/construction project. While there, participants will gain exposure to Dominican and Haitian cultures and participate in community development activities. The cost is $2,000 per attendee which includes all expenses, airfare, etc. This trip is in partnership with Christian Reformed World Missions.

Haiti – April 20-27, 2013
Those who choose to participate in this trip will be involved in building a multi-use school/church building in Savane a Roches (desert of rock), Haiti. The building will be approximately 2500 square feet allowing room for 150 kids to attend school 5 days a week. While there, participants will gain exposure to Haitian culture and participate in community development activities. The cost is $2,000 per attendee which includes all expenses, airfare, etc. This trip is in partnership with Helping Hands for Haiti.

Find out more about how you or your employees can join us!

Martes

Tuesday (Martes en Espanol) we continued construction progress on the church, working alongside the Hatitian people and doing our best to break down the communication barriers that exist.  The local women made us a lunch of rice, noodles, avacaodos, and some meat (pretty sure it was chicken and it was quite tasty).  We did a lot of concrete work at the end of the day and managed to fit in a few games of futbol with the local children as well.  The reception from the people here has been amazing and it is very rewarding to see the impact a few people from Sioux Falls can have on our brothers and sisters in the Dominican.

Erich Schaffhauser did a great piece on the language gap, which ran tonight on KELO. Rather than trying to share our day in text, check it out below and watch for more photos to come!

http://www.keloland.com/_video/_videoplayer_embed.cfm?VideoFile=120131dominicanrepublic