We need your help. . .

August 3, 2008

Dear Friends,

From 2003-2005, I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic in a small remote village named Los Fríos. Los Fríos can’t be found on most maps, but I will never forget serving that community. The community has no electricity, water comes once a day, the road is by most definitions a trail, and education opportunities for the young people are few. Yet my Dominican friends still dream of a better life.

Young Tree Community is an aspiring non-profit which hopes to fulfill these dreams for farming families in the village of Los Fríos, Dominican Republic. Our mission: To provide efficacy, opportunity, and resources to farming families in Los Fríos.

Since leaving in 2005, I have visited Los Fríos several times. Two of my Peace Corps projects are still in motion: eco-tourism guiding program and family planning. In July of 2007, I purchased a coffee farm in Los Fríos, which I hope serves as a sustainable business model to my farmer friends. My personal investment into this community is rooted in respect and a desire to help and does not fit into any budgets.

In order to effectively serve the community, Young Tree Community will conduct an investigatory visit to Los Fríos from August 15th-October 8th. During this time, the Project Directors (Byron Holcomb, Claire Thomas and Gray Reilly) will collect data and opinions of the community in order to best serve the families that reside there. We hope to build two houses using environmentally sustainable techniques as part of the Green Construction Project, which would provide local tradesman with a new skill, while creating a more economical and sustainable option for housing in the community. The Education Fund was started last year as a way to provide local youth with opportunity for education and we are always looking to amplify the amount we can give.

This August ‘08, we are looking for $5,000 dollars to build two houses, grow the education fund and do some preliminary project design. Through your support Young Tree Community can begin to grow. Your gift can provide farming family with an opportunity to learn or help construct a “green-material house” in the community. By giving to Young Tree Community, you show your support and commitment to changing the lives of families in Los Fríos.

We want to thank you for taking the time to learn about Young Tree Community. Your support, through gifts, service, or just by spreading the word about what we are doing, is greatly appreciated. We hope that you will join us as we strive to make the dreams of Los Fríos families a reality.

For more information please visit: youngtreecoffee.com and youngtreecommunity.wordpress.com

Thank you,

Byron Holcomb
Young Tree Community

Tax-deductible donations can be sent to:
DevelopNET Iganga*
1217 Berkeley Rd
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
*D’NET provides the non-profit tax deduction while Young Tree Community applies