A conversation with Catherine
And like most businesses, agencies and individuals, this year has caused us to shift everything we know how to do… and trust that it will still meet a need that seems overwhelming.
As a very small grassroots agency serving a population that has been at least neglected and at worst denigrated, there are five ways we have counted on community support:
- Word of Mouth (link is to Facebook, but tin cans work, too)
Because it has taken much of this year to revamp for online purposes a highly interactive program that has previously depended on personal engagement with the youth, we have really endured significant funding challenges.
It’s not that we aren’t still accomplishing our goals; in fact, I was a little surprised at how meaningful the online program is to young people. But it is true that the numbers for youth reached and collaborations have dropped while we learned what we had to learn, invested funds in new approaches, and attempted to partner with other agencies and schools that also have struggled with funding during this difficult year.
So it’s you we turn to in order to keep serving. If you’ve ever been engaged, or if you’ve ever been interested in what we do, please choose one of the five ways above you can support our work or just plunk down $5 to $10 here (and be sure to add some zeros if you can!). We have cool little surprises we can send you for anything over $100, because we’ll be so grateful and want you to have a little something that reminds you of us.
If you need more information on how to support us, we have it. Please contact us. If you have a word of advice or some expertise to offer, let us know. If you have resources to share, we could use them.
As PTSD and various other mental health problems increase, we are ready to employ our significant skills and experience and our prodigious passion to meet the needs of young people. And we were never able to do any of this without you. We won’t be able to continue without you. Please look into your heart and give what you can. The time has never been more urgent than now.
Because this is a conversation, I’d invite you to respond. The general email form to info@ will reach me or you can comment below. I hope to hear from you!
Warm wishes as we move into a new year,
Executive Director, Art from Ashes