Help us support survivors of trauma during this time of need...
Since 2014, here there and EVERYwhere (htE) has been providing a platform for creative expression to survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking. In March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic came in full force, we transitioned online to continue our work.
As you may have heard however, this is not only a dangerous time because of coronavirus pandemic itself, but because orders to limit movement have increased isolation and caused a sudden rise in reported domestic violence (up 15-20% in recent weeks).
With Creativity and Community, there is hope for Healing...
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 creative arts therapy program, our workshops provide survivors with a multitude of creative outlets, enabling participants to explore and discover what mediums resonate most with them. In addition, survivors learn ethical design concepts and sustainability, with the opportunity to sell their one-of-a-kind designs via our Etsy platform and through artisan markets (when safe). 100% of the net profits go to the survivor, which help to increase financial stability and confidence, while items that may have once ended in the waste stream are given a new life.
While support of our program through Amazon Smile purchases and numerous volunteer hours has been helpful in keeping us afloat, it simply isn’t enough to ensure we can meet our immediate expenses, such as arts supplies for each of our participants so they can continue working from home.
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.
Transparency has always been one of our driving values, and in order to ensure this, we wish to provide you with an overview of what it costs us to continue providing these services to survivors. A detailed budget breakdown can be provide upon request.
Our expenses at a glance for one 12-week creative expression program...
$500 – operational expenses including but not limited to insurance, web hosting, virtual meeting software expenses, and sales & marketing expenses for survivors' handmade designs.
$700 – arts care packages to all participating survivors, including shipment costs.
$900 – what we wish to be able to provide to our lead teaching artists starting Jan 2021 (currently all artists are volunteers).
$900 – what we wish to be able to provide to our workshop faciliator / program supervisor starting Jan 2021 (currently all artists are volunteers).
Total Expenses: $3,000 per 12-week program
Give a little, or a lot, but give anything you can...
$12 a month – a monthly contribution is the most effective way to keep our programs going in the long run. If you are able, please consider adding yourself to this group and continuing to support survivors regularly.
$50 – will provide an arts care package to a survivor in need. We have 12 participants each program cycle, and are continuing to support them online with a variety of fine arts and crafts materials.
$100 – will support one full online workshop for 12 survivors (inc. arts packages and operating expenses). We have 12 workshops per program cycle, and 3 programs per year.
$150 – will support our talented artists each workshop, who dedicate their time to lead the workshops and share their creativity with survivors. It takes at least two individuals to lead each 3 hour workshop.
No donation is too small - every dollar helps transform the lives of survivors for the better! With your support, we can continue to empower survivors through creative expression, and help them break COVID-19 isolation through the arts. We sincerely appreciate your time and consideration, and thank you for your generosity.
With deepest gratitude to you for helping us help others,
Co-founder, here there and EVERYwhere (htE)