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The mission of T.E.A.M?
It is very simple....  
By getting more people to work together we can all accomplish more.
There is no magic, just a vision and a desire to help those in need by doing what ever can be done.   Our hope is that those who are assisted will do something for someone else...just pay it forward.

 
 
Together Everyone Accomplishes MoreŽ
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“Somewhere, at this very moment, children, malnourished, battered by the elements, lonely, abandoned by others, lay suffering.  God help us help them.”  
      At some time in each of our lives, we are devoid of energy, of hope, of happiness.  Life is a constant search for meaning.  After years of combating the corporate world, after years of disappointment with the selfishness of others, this realization was finally upon me.  Life is about the relationships one forms…and in the end all that matters is that someone will miss you when you are gone.  Having come to this conclusion, I turned to family and close friends to form a non-profit organization, T.E.A.M. which stands for our trademark,“Together Everyone Accomplishes More®.”           
 It is our prayer that we, the TEAM will make a difference in the lives of others, those drowning in poverty and ravaging hunger.  After partnering with many corporations, charities and individuals, we finally found a cause which truly can make a difference in this often confusing, challenging and distressing world.   We have volunteers all over the world, from Hawaii to Iowa, northeast to the southeast including Louisiana (where we still have not recovered from hurricane Katrina), Texas, Mississippi, Asia, Europe and countless other countries.During this economic crisis that we all have faced right here in the USA.  We started seeing and hearing more about tent cities popping up and the rise of the homeless families and those living in poverty.  The census bureau reported on their website that we have thirty eight million people living in poverty right here in the USA and an unemployment rate never before seen at this level (currently 9.7% with the new numbers due out October 2, 2009).  The data presented here (pulled directly from US Government Website), are from the www.census.gov 2008 census highlights.  The 2009 highlights are not yet available.Here are Highlights from the website
  • The official poverty rate in 2008 was 13.2 percent, up from 12.5 percent in 2007. This was the first statistically significant annual increase in the poverty rate since 2004, when poverty increased to 12.7 percent from 12.5 percent in 2003.

·    In 2008, 39.8 million people were in poverty, up from 37.3 million in 2007 -- the second consecutive annual increase in the number of people in poverty. ·    In 2008, the poverty rate increased for non-Hispanic Whites (8.6 percent in 2008 -- up from 8.2 percent in 2007), Asians (11.8 percent in 2008 -- up from 10.2 percent in 2007) and Hispanics (23.2 percent in 2008 -- up from 21.5 percent in 2007). Poverty rates in 2008 were statistically unchanged for Blacks (24.7 percent).

·    The poverty rate in 2008 (13.2 percent) was the highest poverty rate since 1997 but was 9.2 percentage points lower than in 1959, the first year for which poverty estimates are available.   ·    Since 1960, the number of people below poverty has not exceeded the 2008 figure of 39.8 million people.[1] ·    2008 – (Up from 10.9 percent in 2007), while it remained statistically unchanged for people 65 years and over (9.7 percent).[2]

·    The poverty rate increased for children under 18 years old (19.0 percent in 2008 -- up from 18.0 percent in 2007) and people 18 to 64 years old (11.7 percent in 2008 -- up from 10.9 percent in 2007), while it remained statistically unchanged for people 65 years and over (9.7 percent).[2]Footnotes:[1] The 2008 number is not significantly different from 1993, 1962, 1961, 1960 and 1959 estimates.[2] Unrelated individuals under 15 are excluded from the poverty universe; therefore there are 442,000 fewer children in the poverty universe than in the total population.http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/09poverty.shtml 

One of T.E.A.M’s focus’s will be to assist those organizations and people that are living in poverty, right here in the USA where in our opinion, this should not be happening. It has been statistically reported that 1 in 6 children in the USA either live in poverty or are homeless.  How can we allow this to happen?  How will T.E.A.M assist with this current situation happening right here in the USA?  With your help that’s how!  Then we discovered a movement called, “Gawad Kalinga.” which means, in the Filipino language, “giving care.”  Gawad Kalinga started in the Philippines and is now spreading to countries, such as Indonesia, India, Kenya, Colombia, Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, and countless others.  Gawad Kalinga is being examined by the United Nations as a template to combat poverty in all third world countries.  Corporations, especially through Asia, are partnering to build totally self sustaining villages.  These villages are built on land which is donated, usually by professional Filipinos around the world or local governments, which build the roads and utilities needed to sustain these villages.  Each village contains a minimum of thirty homes up to one hundred, small, but fully equipped, beautifully landscaped and decorated.  Each chosen family is first provided a home, then a livelihood source, such as job training, craft production, livestock and produce production, the latter two being community projects.  The goal is to restore human dignity, sometimes requiring more than just teaching, it involves setting an example for each other and the children.  Pride is restored through education and healthcare for all, all donated by local churches and professional volunteers.  The concept works because it is “sweat equity” as they build each other’s homes.  Nothing is given; all is earned through hard work and caring for one’s neighbor. Often the villages which have been sponsored by partners, usually corporations or universities, are named for their benefactors.  And often, homes are donated in the name of a loved one, as in the case of one devoted husband who donated an entire village in the name of His beloved wife who died during the events of 9/11.           

While still supporting our other pledges and causes, it is TEAM’s goal over the next two years to raise enough money to build a village or two, hopefully in the Visayas, the southern islands of the Philippines, home of my paternal fathers.  Each household cost $2,700, and the average village around $75,000.   These two causes go hand in hand and it meets our commitment to assist those both in the US and abroad.  Our goal is to help those less fortunate, for whatever reason, to get back on their feet.  We are asking your support.  Every penny counts.  We know that in these tough times it is difficult to make any donation.  However, we believe that every spare change can make a difference.  We are dedicated to working with agencies and people across the in the US and across the world.  We want to ensure that your donations will go to those in need.  We have no one on salary and 97% of your donation will be going directly to the cause (The 3% is for some of our operating expenses).  The majority of the expenses to run our organization currently come out of the pockets of our volunteers.  If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact me directly at either of the numbers below. 

  T.E.A.M is a non-profit 501 C 3 organization.“A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF SONCSUMER SERVICEES BY CALLING TOLL FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE OF FLORIDA.  REGESTRATION DOES NOT IMPY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.” 

Please make your checks payable to:   T.E.A.M3725 Quando CircleOrlando, Florida 32812 Please put them to the attention of Shellena AnsagIf everyone works together to assist those in need, particularly the poorest of the poor, we will all accomplish more.  If you would like your donation to go to Gawad Kalinga please put that in the memo section of your check or money order, if you would like it to go to our general fund, please put that in the memo section of your check or money order.  Please do not send cash.  

Sincerely,                                                                                                

 Shellena Ansag

Shellena “Shelly” Ansag

T.E.A.MTogether Everyone Accomplishes More®

Office:  407 286 6578 

 
 
 
 

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