Notes for Newtown

Handwritten notes of hope for the families affected by Newtown shootings
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Adam King
Community
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
United States
1 Team Member

Short Summary

Our goal is to collect thousands of messages of hope and encouragement on our website and transform them into handwritten notes that will be sent to the families affected by the Newtown school shootings.  All funds raised above what is needed for the project will be donated to the Newtown Memorial Fund.    


Our Story

When the Newtown shootings occurred, we felt helpless. We desperately wanted to show support for the community's families and let them know that citizens in every part of the country were grieving and rooting for them, but we weren't sure how to do it. We noticed that amidst the hundreds of emails, texts and tweets we received and discarded each day, it was the handwritten notes that we really cherished. We realized our affinity for the handwritten notes stemmed from the personal human connection they represented.  So we had our answer.


Work we've already done

We are two average guys who believe in America's resiliency to uplift the families affected by the Newtown shooting.  We believe so strongly in the project's mission that we have already spent $4,000+ in the past 11 months to do the following:


1. Created a website that is able to explain our vision, collect messages, and supply information to get the note writing process started.

http://notesforchange.com/

2.  Conducted 100+ note writing beta test that allowed us to:

                  A.  Figure out work flow writing process

                  B.  Supplies: Pens, cardstock, postage regulations, word limits


This is a very condensed version of our work, though each portion took many hours. For example, we experimented with 10 different types of card stock (size, thickness), and finishes (gloss, matte etc.) that will give the best appearance while allowing for fast writing.  Also, all these features must fit into postal guidelines for a postcard.  


What funds will be used for

Project will be rolled out in two parts:

1. Soft Launch:  Donors can visit our website and submit messages that will be turned into handwritten notes and mailed to families.  

2. Full Launch:  The website is open to the general public to submit messages that will be turned into handwritten notes and mailed to families. These messages are "sponsored" by the donors.  


Funds raised will go to the following: 

1.  Upgrading website to handle larger traffic and individualized ID codes.

2.  Buy supplies- note cards, postage, pens, staff (to get all the cards written), distribute and retrieve collection boxes.  

3.  All funds not used for project will be donated to memorial fund.  We are not making a cent of profit on this project


Future Potential

Our dream is to create this platform of sending handwritten notes to people in need so it can be activated when disaster strikes.  It would be amazing to have this go live shortly after any US disaster- Boston Marathon bombing, Storm Sandy etc...  We know America has the resiliency to support our people in need, we just need an outlet to express this!  

Thank You!

Thank you for taking the time to read about our story, and support our mission.  Please share with your friends.  

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$1,381USD
raised in 1 month
28% funded
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$5,000 USD goal
Fixed Funding This campaign did not meet its $5,000USD funding goal by the deadline.
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This campaign ended on January 15, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $1USD
    Thank You

    A sincere thank you for helping us make a positive impact on the families affected by this horrible tragedy. We will post video/pics of the cards and the writing process.

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $10USD
    Sponsor 2 notes

    1. Sponsor 2 handwritten notes during full project launch that will be open to the general public. 2. Receive invite to special donors "soft" launch where you can submit your own messages of hope.

    10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $25USD
    Sponsor 8 notes

    1. Sponsor 8 notes during full project launch that will be open to the general public. We will send you a picture of the 8 notes you have sponsored. 2. Receive invite to special donors "soft" launch where you can submit your own messages of hope.

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $50USD
    10 Giftable Notes

    1. 10 notes that can be given away individually to friends, family and co-workers. We will give you a special login code that allows your team to write the notes. Also, we will send a group shot of all the notes. 2. Receive invite to special donors "soft" launch where you can submit your own messages of hope.

    2 out of 75 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $100USD
    20 Giftable notes

    1. Sponsor 20 notes that can be given away individually to friends, family and co-workers during full launch. Also, we will send a group shot of all the notes. 2. Receive invite to special donors "soft" launch where you can submit your own messages of hope.

    2 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $300USD
    Physical Box + name on cards

    1. Sponsor a physical collection box that will be placed around the country. This box will have your name on it (or can be anonymous), and we will provide location info, picture of cards, video of people using box. Also, your name will appear on each card. 2. Sponsor 10 notes that can be given away individually to friends, family and co-workers during full launch. Also, we will send a group shot of all the notes. 3. Invite to soft launch

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
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