MAY, 2015

The Cana is now on Medium!


Cana [Kay-nuh]: A small community in Galilee where Jesus performed the miracle of turning water into wine at a wedding. The miraculous but simple gift allowed the people gathered to continue in celebration. (John 2: 1–11)


Nepal Relief Fund

Help Wine To Water help Nepal

In response to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake, Wine To Water, in partnership with the Appalachian State University Sustainability & Appropriate Technologies Departments, has committed to send 1,000 Sawyer Product water filters to Nepal in the next 15 days.

We want to thank Rivers Street Ale House in Boone in North Carolina, Word Alive Church, Christian Faith Church, Apopka Assembly of God, and our generous online supporters for helping us raise $26,447 in just 5 days! We still need to raise $23,553 to reach our goal of 1,000 filters. Please consider supporting.

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Welcome Katy Cook!

Katy Cook, Wine To Water’s new Office Manager

About Katy:

Katy is a native to Boone, North Carolina and graduated from Appalachian State University in 2014 with a degree in Public Relations, Non-Profit Management. Katy has a passion for non-profits, and Wine To Water has always held a special place in her heart. She first began volunteering in high school and has since interned, led the local university chapter, and volunteered on international service trips with Wine To Water.

“I love being able to see who is giving and who is being helped”

After all her years of dedication, Katy is thrilled to officially join the Wine To Water team.

Katy’s Wine To Water History:

Katy first learned about Wine To Water when Doc Hendley spoke to her class as a sophomore in high school. She found his speech truly inspiring because of the passion that Doc expressed for his local nonprofit. Through DECA, a high school marketing club, Katy was able to become involved in the fundraising and awareness efforts for Wine To Water. Her DECA Wine To Water campaign took her to international competition after raising more than $2,000 for relief efforts in Haiti following the earthquake in 2010.

After graduating high school, Katy continued on to Appalachian State where she became involved in the growth of the first Wine To Water Chapter. She later became ASU Wine To Water’s president during her junior and senior years at Appalachian. During her time in school, she also participated in the first WTW volunteer service trip to Peru where she saw the water crisis firsthand.

“I could tell you anything you wanted to know about the water crisis but I never truly saw how it affected people. That service experience in Peru put faces and names to these statistics. I knew then that I wanted to pursue a career in the non-profit sector.”

In 2014, Katy attended her second volunteer service trip in the Amazon where she helped build and repair wells in remote villages along the Amazon River and teach hygiene and sanitation skills to children and the community.

Katy’s New Role:

After all of Katy’s incredibly hard work and dedication, she earned the position of Wine To Water’s Office Manager.

Her new duties consist of managing the organization’s finances, tracking all income and expenditures, creating financial reports, maintaining donor records, and overseeing administrative functions.

“I really enjoy the whole process of seeing how funds come in and are allocated to our projects and ground partners.”

Katy has about four weeks under her belt as Office Manager and is greatly enjoying applying her non-profit and accounting experience to this position.

“I believe it is very important to have a job that you’re passionate about. It is a blessing to be able to go to work everyday knowing that I am making a difference and serving others.”

Her Future Aspirations:

Katy has ambitious pursuits in the non-profit sector. She would eventually love to manage or become an executive director of a non-profit.

“I am very excited about my new role with Wine To Water and cannot wait to see what the future has in store for us.”


Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

The Amazon: Oct 9–18

The Amazon is our most rustic and adventurous location for volunteers to join our efforts in providing clean water. Once you land in the jungle, you will hop on a canoe, head up the river to a nearby village to do water projects as well as community development. This could include: digging a well, repairing broken wells, teaching hygiene lessons, construction projects, etc. It’s a great way to dive straight into the culture as you sleep in a hammock each night and learn first hand about what it takes to dig a well.

Trip Cost and Fees:

  • $1,300 per person
  • Airfare: Purchased on your own
  • Visa Requirements: Free Tourist Visa upon entry into Bogota, $10 cash upon entry into Leticia

The Dominican Republic: Oct 3–10 or Nov 28-Dec 5 or Dec 6–13

When you sign up as a volunteer in the Dominican Republic, you will get to make ceramic filters first-hand in the filter factory. We will teach you what materials go into the filter, show you how to mold them, fire them in the kiln, and then test them for purification. In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to get to know families that do not have access to clean water and personally distribute filters to their home. We also follow-up with past filter beneficiaries to hear how these filters have changed their lives. When giving the gift of clean water, life is instantly simplified and prioritized. It’s an incredible experience.

Trip Cost and Fees:

  • $800 per person
  • Airfare: Purchased on your own
  • Visa Requirements: $10 Tourist Card in cash upon arrival

Honduras: Nov 5–14

The Mosquito Coast is one of the most remote places on earth and is located on the northern coast of Honduras. La Moquitia, Honduras, is one of our more rustic and adventurous location for volunteers to join our efforts to provide clean water. This could include: digging a well, repairing broken wells, teaching hygiene lessons, construction projects, etc. It’s a great way to dive straight into the culture as you sleep in a hammock each night and learn first hand about the water projects and the reality of the water crisis.

Trip Cost and Fees:

  • $1,000 per person
  • Airfare: Purchased on your own
  • Visa Requirements: none

Click here for more on the volunteer program.


Vintage Chardonnay Now Available

FOOD PAIRINGS: Versatile enough to pair with everything from a fresh catch to seasoned white meats. Perfect with baked halibut, lemon pepper chicken, or enjoying a glass with a friend.

This Estate Chardonnay has aromas of fresh white nectarines and notes of vanilla. Bright fruit flavors are followed by a touch of cream soda. They are complemented by a rich, round mouth feel and lingering tropical flavors. The finish is balanced with good acidity and is sure to please!

Technical Specifications:

  • Year: 2014
  • Region: Mendocino, California
  • Alcohol: 13.5%

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