The Emiliani Project: April Newsletter

Volunteering with The Emiliani Project

Volunteers make up the entirety of The Emiliani Project staff, so we are looking for motivated people to help us out!  Many people have asked us how they can get involved, so below are some ideas.  You can choose something that is of interest to you, or you can give us other suggestions.  We are always open to new ideas!  At any time you want to get involved, you can register on our Join Us page or contact us at


Volunteer – Awareness

This is a critical to our ability to accomplish our goals.  We need greater awareness of our project and our mission in Colombia and we rely heavily on volunteers to help.  A few ways in which you can assist with our awareness campaign include:

  • Social media promotion – tell your friends, family, clubs and church about what we are doing.  Direct them to our Facebook and web pages for more information and tell them to get involved by Liking our Facebook page, following us on Twitter and registering through our website.

  • Join our mail marketing team – we have a direct mail marketing campaign in California, but we need to expand.  We are mailing letters to churches and outreach organizations (Rotary Club, etc.) offering our help in organizing mission trips to Colombia.  We need volunteers to help build mailing lists, send out letters and help work with local organizations to facilitate group involvement.  We will provide all of the training and materials needed to get a campaign rolling in your area.

  • Help start a local fan club – we need volunteers to organize fan clubs in your area to help solicit new ambassadors for our cause.  Help your son or daughter start an Emiliani Project club at their school, or organize one yourself with friends and family.  Churches are a great place to organize a group.  Groups can work together to raise awareness or donations for the project.  We will work with you to provide idea and materials for building a fan club.

Volunteer – Mission Trips

If you are interested in working in Colombia, then let’s work together to organize a mission trip.  This is our brand new initiative and we’re very excited about it!  We want to organize groups to travel to Colombia to directly support what we are doing in country.  You can be our point person for organizing a group!  We can work together to design a mission that both meets group objectives and budgets.  Then, we will pre-brief your mission group on everything you need to know about the travel process, the Colombian culture, and exactly what you can expect.  Together, we can organize a safe and exciting mission experience.  We will give you everything you need to start your own mission group…and support you every step of the way.  Visit our Mission Trips page to get started.  Or, you can contact our Director of Missions at and learn how to help coordinate trips for others.

Volunteer – The Emiliani Project Gourmet Coffee

We are in the process of researching the feasibility of importing gourmet coffee from Colombia to sell retail in the U.S..  We are going to use 100% of the profits toward building our new children’s home in Medellin, Colombia.  We need your help!!  You can work directly with our Board of Directors, assisting us with local research.  We have a lot of research needs and we need to find coffee retailers willing to sell our coffee.  We would love to have your help!

Volunteer – Fundraising

Of course, building a new home costs money!  We can help you identify ways in which you can help us raise money in your local area.  Or, maybe you have ideas that you want to share with us.  Like I said, we are ALL volunteers here…just like you.  We listen to EVERY idea.

The Emiliani Project: Guest Blogger

St. Jerome EmilianiThe Emiliani Project strives to not only to help children, but the Christian community at large.  As such, we have an open invitation for guests to submit posts for this blog that are relevant to The Emiliani Project and our mission.

About today’s author:  Brandon is an 8th grader at the Saint Patrick’s School in Carlsbad, California.  We offer our thanks for his time and dedication in writing this post.  If you wish to become a guest blogger, please send your submission to: as we are eager to hear what you have to say!

St. Jerome Emiliani: Patron Saint of Orphaned and Abandoned Children

Jerome Emiliani was born to Angelo Emiliani and Eleanor Mauroceni in 1481 in Venice, Italy where he grew up.  At the age of 15, Jerome’s father died and he ran away from his home.  In 1506, he became a soldier where he helped defend Castelnuovo, a territory in central Italy, from the league of Cambray – an alliance made by Roman emperor Maximilian I, Pope Julius II, King Louis XII of France, and King Ferdinand V of Aragon.  He was captured and chained in a dungeon.  During his captivity, he prayed to Mary for help and was unexpectedly freed by an apparition.  After being freed, he hung the chains in the Church of Treviso, in Veneto, northern Italy, as a tribute to the answering of his prayers.  This was the start of his conversion to Christianity and service to the Lord.

During a plague and famine that swept Italy, Jerome Emiliani began helping the sick, poor, and abandoned children and later became a priest in 1518.  Fourteen years later, he started a congregation for educating children.  He later founded six orphanages, a hospital, and a home for regretful prostitutes in northern Italy.  Jerome spent the remainder of his life dedicated to serving the sick, especially abandoned children.  In 1537, Jerome Emiliani caught a disease in Somasca, Lombardy while helping the sick and he died.

Pope Clement XIII declared Jerome Emiliani a saint in 1767 and Pope Pius XI recognized him as the patron saint of orphaned and abandoned children in 1928.

The Emiliani Project was named in honor of Saint Jerome Emiliani and his work with the helpless orphaned and abandoned children of Italy.  Our mission is to follow in Saint Jerome’s footsteps by building safe and nurturing environments for abandoned children around the world.

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