Volunteer as a Child Correspondent
If you have the desire to encourage more children in poverty, but you don’t have the budget for more sponsorships, do what Jenith did: Volunteer as a child correspondent. That means you’ll be writing letters to children in place of their sponsors. These sponsors have opted out of writing and agree to the correspondent arrangement ahead of time.
When sponsored children receive any communication from their sponsors, it brightens their day — and even their lives. Many children save letters from their sponsors into adulthood, keeping them in a safe place and rereading them for encouragement later in life. But some children never receive a single letter from their sponsors. They watch their friends receive letters and wonder why their sponsors don’t write to them.
That’s when correspondents save the day. If you’re feeling inspired to write to a child on behalf of a sponsor, reach out to Compassion’s contact center for more information. You can send an email to [email protected] or call 800-336-7676.
For Non-Writers Who Need a Stand-in
If you sponsor a child through Compassion and are able to write a letter, you should! The mobile app makes it super easy to dash off a quick note from your phone and upload a photo your child will be excited to see. The online writing tool is also fast and easy, allowing you to choose from different stationery, to copy one letter to multiple sponsored children and to easily see what your child said in their last letter to you.
But maybe letter writing just isn’t your thing. That’s OK! In that case, Compassion is happy to find you a correspondent stand-in so the child you sponsor gets to experience the joy of receiving letters. So if you can’t write, but want to give your sponsored child that joy and hope, Compassion’s contact center will help you find a correspondent. Email [email protected] or call 800-336-7676 to get all the details.
When you agree to a correspondent, you give up your ability to send and receive letters from the child you sponsor, agreeing to have a correspondent take over that aspect of your support. You continue to send your monthly financial support to the child and can still go on a sponsor visit. And you will still receive updates about your child’s progress, new photos as he or she grows — everything you receive now, except letters. And they’ll get the opportunity to receive life-changing letters.
Giving the Gift of Writing