Passports with Purpose kicks off today and I’m thrilled to take part in it this year! Passports with Purpose is a non-profit organization that began in 2008 by a group of travel bloggers as a fundraiser to held communities in the developing world. The fundraiser is now an annual event held during a two-week period in November/December that largely focuses on helping those in poverty, specially women and children. To date, Passports with Purpose has raised nearly $400,000 to help communities in Haiti, Cambodia, India, Mali, Zambia, and other international non-profit organizations. This year’s campaign will go towards Sustainable Harvest International.
For every $5,000 Passports with Purpose raises during the fundraiser, Sustainable Harvest International will help a family in Honduras learn to farm sustainably and feed their family with training and support lasting for five years. With a commitment like this, the benefits for the entire community will continue well beyond the five years. In my early 20’s I gave up my corporate job to volunteer for a year with Habitat for Humanity International who also encourage the same hand-up not hand-out philosophy and their impact can be witnessed in communities across the globe. Plus, all donations (minus small fees associated with Pay Pal) go directly to Sustainable Harvest International. Organizations like these make lasting contributions to communities and here’s how you can help!
The 2014 online fundraising event will run from Monday, December 1 to Wednesday, December 17, 2014. During that time you will be able to place a $10 bid on amazing prized through the Passports with Purpose catalog of prizes. Travel bloggers from all over the world have secured travel prizes and related gear that YOU can bid on. Bid as many times as you would like for more chances to win!
I’m truly excited to host a fantastic vacation package, generously donated by Ski Vermont as part of this year’s Passports with Purpose campaign! The lucky winner and a guest can take a dream ski vacation at Killington Resort in Vermont. Killington, commonly known as “The Beast of East” is the largest ski resort in Vermont! The package includes accommodations and lift tickets for 5 nights for two guests (mid-week non-holiday). Enjoy long days on the slopes and wind down at one of many après-ski destinations at Killington. Then get cozy for the night in one of the lodges or condos at Killington. This would make a great parent getaway or upgrade and bring the whole family!
As many who read this blog know, my family started skiing together last season and Vermont was our go-to destination. Killington is massive and has already been open for the 2014-15 season for about a month now!
This is a great package and your bid of $10 to Passports with Purpose is your access card to win! I sincerely hope during this holiday season that you too can give a little to benefit those desperately in need while giving yourself the chance to win a great getaway in Vermont! Follow the campaign using hashtag #PwP on social media!
I would like to extend a very grateful hand to Ski Vermont for signing on to Passports with Purpose this year and donating this incredibly generous prize. I would also like to thank the PwP sponsors, TBEX and Home Away for their continued support of Passports with Purpose.