Send Ben SweaterVest Away

As a Humanist service project, I will spend a year on clean water, education, and human rights projects in collaboration with local nonprofits across the world.
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Ben Blanchard
Community
LA, California
United States
2 Team Members

Who is Ben SweaterVest, and what is Pathfinders Project?

Hi,

You may or may not know me, but I'll assume you don't. I am a microbiology/pre-med student that has worked extensively in the Secular and Humanist worlds for the past several years. I have grown to love this community, and it has always been a loving supportive place for me.

And I feel that this community can come together and make amazing things happen. That is why I am spending the next year working with the Pathfinders Project to do service projects in developing countries. Through the Pathfinders Project, I and 3 other volunteers will be going to several developing nations, including Cambodia, Uganda, Ghana, Ecuador, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Guatemala, to do service work with existing nonprofits and NGOs to design, implement, and complete clean water, education, and environmental conservation projects.

This project will also play a role in shaping the Humanist movement, because it will serve as a research trip for the Humanist Service Corps. As we engage in service in each location, we will also be collecting data about potential partner organizations and countries in order to evaluate sites for the eventual Humanist Service Corps.

The work that we will be doing will have an important effect on both the service locations and our movement. I am incredibly excited, but we need your support!

What do you need money for?

Now, this project is quite costly. Even with support from the Foundation Beyond Belief, we need significant funding in order to make this project a success. In order to do work with the pre-existing non profits, we need to be able to cover the cost of the materials associated with each project.

For instance:

  • For our work with Bridge of Life School in Cambodia, project costs will include books, teaching supplies, and construction materials for building wells and a floating bathroom for the school in the floating community of Kampong Kleang.

  • For our work with Kasese Humanist Primary School and Uganda Humanist Schools Trust in Uganda, project costs will include books, teaching supplies, and construction materials for a new school site.

  • For our work with Alliance for African Women Initiative in Ghana, project costs will include teaching materials.

  • For our work with Agua Muisne in Ecuador, project costs will include construction supplies for wells.

  • For our work with Aguayuda in Colombia, project costs will include water purification systems and construction supplies for wells.

  • For our work with Children of the Border, project costs will include construction materials for latrines in the Dominican Republic and a new school in Haiti.

  • For our work with Camino Seguro and Avivara in Guatemala, project costs will include teaching supplies.

What's in it for me?

Now, I know that you may want a Perk for your donation, and so I have designed a few specialized perks, each that have my touch.

  • For just a $1 donation, I will say your name wistfully as I stare into the ether.

  • With a $15 donation, I will send you a video of me saying your name wistfully as I stare into the ether.

  • At the $25 donation level, I will send you a certificate of my e-marriage with you. I am e-married to more people than I can count, and with the donation, you will have proof of our e-union.

  • For a $45 donation, I will send you a postcard from one of our service locations, explaining how much your support meant to me.

  • For a $65 donation, I will handwrite you a letter and send it from one of our locations, telling you how much your donation meant to me.

  • With a $100 donation, I will send you a specially designed BenSweaterVest Pathfinders T-Shirt.

  • With a $200 donation, I will send you a SweaterVest. You will recieve one of my own sweatervests (or a sweatervest selected for you in your size), with official BenSweaterVest-ness added.

  • For a $300 donation, I will send you a letter from each of our service loactions, describing the kind of work that you are supporting.

More perks may be added as the campaign continues.  

How can I help?

I would absolutely love it if you would support my campaign. You could:

  • Donate to this campaign and enjoy the perks.

  • If you can't donate, ask a friend, or colleague to donate.

  • Write a blog/talk about this campaign on a podcast.

  • Share this campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.  

Feel free to comment or email me (at benjiman.blanchard@gmail.com) if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Otherwise, I hope you are able to support this project. 

Thanks so much!

-Ben

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Select a Perk
  • $1USD
    Wistful Sigh

    *** WHAT YOU GET: A wistful sigh as I gaze gratefully into the ether and say your name! *** Thank you for supporting the project. I will continue to ponder your kindness as my stare goes on and on...

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  • $15USD
    Video of Wistful Sigh

    *** WHAT YOU GET: A video of me wistfully sighing as I gaze gratefully into the ether and say your name! *** Thank you for supporting the project. You will always be able to watch me reflecting on your kindness.

    4 claimed
  • $25USD
    EMarriage certificate

    *** WHAT YOU GET: A customized EMarriage certificate to always remind you of my love to you*** Thank you for supporting the project.

    1 claimed
  • $45USD
    Postcard

    *** WHAT YOU GET: I will send you a postcard from one of our service locations, explaining how much your support meant to me***

    4 claimed
  • $65USD
    Letter

    *** WHAT YOU GET: I will handwrite you a letter and send it from one of our locations, telling you how much your donation meant to me.***

    0 claimed
  • $100USD
    TShirt

    *** WHAT YOU GET: A customized T-Shirt *** Thank you for supporting the Project. You will remember how much I appreciate your support every time you wear the shirt that I designed.

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $200USD
    SweaterVest

    *** WHAT YOU GET: A SweaterVest. You can choose if you want one of my own, or If you want me to select one in your size and add the official BenSweaterVest-ness*** Thank you for supporting the project. You will always be able to remember the support when people ask you why you are wearing a sweatervest.

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  • $300USD
    Letters from each project

    *** WHAT YOU GET: I will handwrite you a letter and send it from each one of our locations, all year long, telling you how much your donation meant to me.***

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