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Cool! Water Cycle Project Flyers for Printing & Distribution!

Here are some flyers that you can print and distribute.    We’ve made up several different size options to make printing a breeze.

There’s also a half-sheet option that’s been optimized for black and white printing.  Sorry, this page might take a minute to load for you, due to the poster file size.

11″ x 17″ poster (right click, “save as” to download):
Poster Design

8.5″ x 11″ full-sheet flyer (right click, “save as” to download):
Full Sheet Design

Half-sheet color flyer – 2 per page (right click, “save as” to download):
Half Sheet Color Design

Half-sheet black & white – 2 per page (right click, “save as” to download):
Half Sheet BW Design

When your printer tells you that a portion of the image is beyond the printable area, tell it that it’s OK if it chops off the edges.  That’s what that built-in white margin around the edges is for.

Please distribute these responsibly, and always follow local laws, as well as the rules and wishes of any business owner when it comes to posting these materials.  If you’re handing these out, please be considerate to do so in a way that they won’t become litter.

Beyond that, please feel free to pass these out liberally.  Thanks so much for your help.

If you have any trouble, or would like something different, please contact us.

How We Roll – Our Fundraising Style

People raise funds a lot of different ways.  It’s important to Melissa and I that we always try to conduct ourselves in a loving and optimistic manner, so we decided on a couple of things before we got started.

No Guilt. Sometimes it’s helpful to understand the relative value of our lifestyles.  For instance, a $4 Starbucks mocha is literally worth a lifetime of clean water to a rural Indian.  But it’s important to us that we don’t use information like this to make people feel guilty about their lifestyles, that’s not the game we’re in.

Guilt absolutely does produce results (that’s why it’s used by organizations so often), but it doesn’t produce deep results.  It’s not our goal for you to feel bad, give up coffee for a week, throw a few dollars towards us, and then move on.  It’s our desire for you to see a greater need, for that to deeply effect you and motivate you.  In the end, that may lead you to give up coffee or pack a lunch, but hopefully that’s the result of compassion and love growing inside of you, not because you feel like a selfish jerk for a minute.

Zero Overhead. Melissa and I are often discouraged from giving to organizations when we look up the salaries of the directors, or realize how much money is going to fund a large bureaucracy instead of hitting the advertised cause.

That’s why it’s important to us to maintain a “zero-overhead” organization.  When you give $1, I want you to feel confident that your dollar is really going to the cause.

The Water Cycle Project has no paid staff or directors, and no fund raising commissions.  The Grove City Vineyard has graciously offered to administrate the funds transfer, and act on our behalf as an accredited 501(c)3 organization, without fee.

All labor is performed by volunteers, from cycling team leaders, to graphic and web design, to data entry.

Of course our organization does have some minimal costs, such as hosting this website, printing limited marketing materials, and miscellaneous expenses on the cycling trips.  We pay these costs in a few specific ways:  Someone donates for the specific need, corporate sponsors, and trip fees.  I’ll cover these in more detail in a future post, as well as provide ways for you to participate.

Melissa and I, and the rest of the Water Cycle Project crew, feel very strongly that it’s not just about how much money we raise, but how we raise it.  It’s our strong desire to produce deep, trustworthy results.

Please contact us with any questions.

Welcome to The Water Cycle Project

We’re so excited to get this project rolling (no pun intended).

Here’s the skinny:

Melissa and I already devote a portion of our income to drilling wells in India.  We think it’s a great cause and we want to figure out how to send more money to resolving this fundamental issue.

So, we’ve planned several multi-day cycling trips around the state of Ohio as a way to generate publicity and donations for the issue of clean drinking water.  There are so many ways for you to be involved, but the best one might be as a cyclist!  Please check out our “join a trip” page for more information on the trips.

The water cycle isn’t just about bicycles.  It’s also about the cycle of poverty.  We’ll expand on this more in the future, but lack of access to clean drinking water is a fundamental block in the vicious cycle that keeps impoverished communities from excelling.

Access to clean drinking water is about more than just doubling average life expectancies or stopping 20% of children from dying of diarrhea (cholera, etc).  It’s also about fair and humane treatment of women, access to education and domestic industry.

Please stick around and read more as we develop this idea.  We’d love for you to give a donation today, or find a way to get involved!