Help us support our participants and personnel during this time of need.
For the last 6 years, here there and EVERYwhere (htE) has been a creative safe haven for survivors of domestic abuse, gender-based violence and human trafficking in the New York City Area.
As you may have heard, this is not only a dangerous time because of coronavirus pandemic itself, but because orders to limit movement have increased isolation and a sudden rise in reported domestic violence (up 15-20% in recent weeks).
Survivors need your support now more than ever.
Just before our program was to begin its 11th cycle at the Manhattan Family Justice Center (MFJC), we made the decision to close our physical doors for the health and safety of all our participants and volunteers and decided to take a leap into the online world, offering our program to all survivors who register in order to continue our mission.
As a non-profit therapeutic and vocational creative arts program, our workshops provide multiple kinds of creative outlets, designed especially to teach survivors how to repurpose donated non-monetary goods (clothing, linens, beads etc.) into new one-of-a-kind products. 100% of the profits go to the survivor, which increases financial stability and confidence, and items that may have once ended in the waste stream are given a new life.
Like many other artists deeply impacted by the loss of work, our survivors rely on the income they receive from the sales of their handcrafted goods they create. At this time, there are no shows to sell at, and as the building we typically operate out of suddenly shut down, we do not have access to most of their prior works to sell online, nor our usual supplies to ship or loan to current participants, so we must put together supplies from scratch.
While support of our program through Amazon Smile purchases and numerous volunteer man-hours has been helpful in keeping us afloat, it simply isn’t enough to ensure we can meet our immediate expenses, such as specific arts supplies for our participants as well as pay arts instructors and key staff. We are even looking into options to get food, as our in-house program supplied food during class as well as ample leftovers to take home until the next class.
A core group of our participants additionally would like to use this online class cycle and their newly gained skills of sewing and reuse to aid individuals on the front line who may be in need of emergency backup face masks during the COVID-19 outbreak. Few things are better to lift depression and isolation like helping others, and we intend to help these participants make this sub-project happen, but it too does not yet have funding. Most survivors do not even have access to a needle and thread at home, much less a sewing machine (a basic model costing around $150).
here there and EVERYwhere is applying for relevant emergency grants, but these alone will not cover our basic budget in the short term. Funds given to this campaign will provide us the cash resources to rapidly address immediate needs and potentially allow us to formulate long term plans in this unprecedented time.
With your support, we can keep and build on a roster of paid Teaching Artists specialized in a variety of upcycled arts, increase entrepreneurship skills for our survivors and potentially expand our program model for the long term to provide online and offline training for survivors.
No donation is too small, but please consider donating these example amounts:
$10 a month – the most effective way to keep our programs going in the long run. Please consider adding yourself to this group first and foremost!
$25 – can send a creative expression care package with arts/crafts supplies to a survivor in need.
$100 – supports one full workshop, online and off.
$150 – to supply a “graduate” survivor (a survivor who has completed at least one full class cycle) with a new sewing machine to repair personal goods and support themselves from home.
With deepest gratitude to you for helping us help others,
Co-founder, here there and EVERYwhere (htE)