You can be a part of building Help Each Other Out's capacity to
Share What Works. We build community and online platforms for people to share
and discover gestures that get people through a personal hardship, empowering
all of us to support a neighbor, a colleague, a friend we know struggling with illness, loss, divorce, and more.
I’m Kelsey Crowe, and I founded the Help Each Other Out project because of a deep pang of guilt I felt for not being there for others during a difficult time. Whether it was a mom I knew whose baby was born with special needs, or an acquaintance I had whose parent had just died, I found myself shying away from people experiencing something difficult because I didn’t know what to say. I also experienced my share of isolation in hardship, and knew how badly it felt. With a PhD in social work from the University of California, Berkeley, I now research and write about the ways we can be there for our neighbors, our colleagues, and our friends in a difficult time like loss, illness, divorce, and more.
We often don't pitch in not because we’re bad people, but because we fear our feeble, uninformed efforts will only make a situation worse. At some point in our lives, however, we realize that running away is the worst thing to do. But what does one do instead?
It's easy. Share What Works. Help Each Other Out wants to build community and online platforms for people to share and discover what gestures small and large by all kinds of people in our community really make a difference to ease someone's suffering.
You could be a person with a question on how to help. You could be a person that has vented on your issue-specific list-serve about how idiotic your community is. Or you might have bursted with love at a surprising gesture in your life that you wish could be passed on to others. Help Each Other Out wants us to get proactive and do something constructive about this communication gap. Again, it's simple. We want to Share What Works with people looking for answers.
You can help us with our first public awareness campaign to reach people who don’t yet realize the value of this kind of connection. To do this we will Portrait Bomb several neighborhoods in San Francisco with hundreds of posters that pair arresting tintype portraits of young women with breast cancer with the stories of support that got them through treatment. These posters will live on with interested parties anywhere in the country who'll help us portrait bomb any city, office building, or lobby that will carry the story.
The campaign will inspire, but it is only a part of the story. The campaign is
a springboard for media outlets to talk about our mission and our Share
What Works platform on the Help Each Other Out website. And herein is the second part of our ask: help us benefit you directly by letting us develop an online gesture library accessible to anyone in the world. It will enable anyone to share a gesture that worked for them in a rough time and make it searchable for anyone looking for ideas on how to help someone they care about.
Even if you can't see the campaign in person, or you don't actually care about breast cancer, you will still have an online resource that will work for you no matter what issue. And you will have invested in our capacity to publicly and beautifully campaign about other difficult experiences that you can relate to, always with our hook about how community gets you through. Loss, Suicide, Child with Special Needs, Gender/Sexuality, Fertility Issues. At Help Each Other Out, WE LOVE YOU ALL.
Help us make a lot of difference in the world with a very simple premise: Share What Works.
What We Need & What You Get
WHERE YOUR SUPPORT GOES:
|200 Posters: 50 Copies of each poster design X 4 total portraits. They vary in size depending on public space. Cost includes an 80% discount from ARC printers in San Francisco.||$3,500|
|Project Coordination for portraits, volunteer coordination for portrait bombing, media outreach and gesture collection for the website.||$5,000|
|Website Design for Online Gesture Library to facilitate Sharing Gestures That Work.||$6,000|
|Indiegogo promotional items, indiegogo transaction fee, mailing items, etc.||$1,500|
|Six more portraits + posters to diversify faces and languages represented in current campaign.||$5,000|
See Some Perks:
"Thank You, Friend" card to thank someone for a gesture that mattered on behalf of your donation
Help Each Other Out Mug
Come to an In-Person Workshop
Sponsor a New Campaign Portrait
Sponsor a Workshop for Low-Income Families
Get Your Own TinType Portrait
Sponsor a Share What Works Online Experience of Your Choice
ADOPT A CAMPAIGN!!!
time will come in the not to distant future when a neighbor, a friend, a
coworker or family member you care about will experience some kind of hardship.
You can sit alone with your quandary, or plug into a trusted online community
of experts- which in this case simply means people who’ve been through an experience that you want to understand- and find what gestures of support from a neighbor, colleague, or a friend worked for them. You'll get ideas and inspiration on how to be there in
way that suits the demands in your life, and who you are. And if you're in a rough time yourself, you can feel assured that it's out there for them to find, or even pass it on.
Since starting in January 2014, we have accomplished:
1) Thousands of visitors to our site www.helpeachotherout.net from all over the world who spend on average 15 minutes reading and learning.
2) We conducted our first workshop “Being There” at a Tri Valley Homeless Shelter in San Jose as requested by a shelter resident struggling with supporting another resident through the loss of her child.
3) We have launched our first Share What Works community event where over 250 gestures were collected among 130 people who came to inaugurate our poster launch campaign.
4) We will exhibit our existing portraits at SF Camera Works in December 2014.
5) Several doctors affiliated through the Bay Area Young Survivors network have committed to exhibiting these posters in their office and we want to expand this partnership more formally to hospital lobbies around the country.
Your contribution will 1) Inspire people to value reaching out to friends, neighbors, and colleagues in times of difficulty, and 2) Provide a commercial-free go-to online resource for you, or the people around you who have questions about how to be supportive in areas with which we have much compassion but little experience. Whether it’s illness, miscarriage, divorce, loss, and so many other things that happen that can be hard to talk about, this website will make us feel better prepared to make a positive difference in each other’s lives through gestures small and large.
Other Ways You Can Help
· Connect with us at email@example.com and volunteer to help portrait bomb in San Francisco, or to help
coordinate a portrait bombing effort in another city.
· Until we have our online gesture library up, we want you to email us a gesture that mattered to you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Share this campaign with a network that you know gets it- networks that deal with illness, grief, special needs, and more.
· Explore if an organization you’re affiliated with wants to sponsor a campaign with us or have posters in their lobby.