Over the years I've heard sewists say that sewing friends are the best of friends. And I too believe that our sewing community is a special thing.
But it is clear that our Black friends are hurting, and it is clear that we, as non-Black people, accept terrible behaviors, actions, and systems against Black people because it's easy and it benefits us.
Black friends, Black neighbors, Black lives are an important part of our sewing community and a fundamental part of our world. Black lives matter.
To my non-Black sewing friends, let's take the small step of supporting the healing of Black women and girls by donating to The Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund. I created a fundraising campaign called Sewists Supporting the Well-Being of Black Women and Girls, and I started the campaign by donating $100 on behalf of Workroom Social.
Let's show Black women and girls that sewing friends are truly the best of friends by investing in their healing by donating now.
For me personally, Workroom Social has always been about more than making clothes. At Workroom Social I use our shared passion of sewing to connect students and customers with those they might not meet otherwise, with the goal of developing relationships that go far beyond sewing itself.
I see now that there is more work I can do, and I'm excited to share those items with you soon. In the meantime, if you are looking for ways to help show that Black lives matter, or if you'd like to hold me accountable, you can see some of [my research and action items here].
Thank you so much for your interest in supporting the Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund. Whether you have already donated or you are just learning about the project, we are grateful to have you on board.
We are aiming to raise $600,000 in order to offer over 5,000 hours of FREE therapy sessions for black women and girls to go to therapy. With therapy sessions in the U.S. typically costing anywhere from $60 - $250-- even with insurance, the prevalent and ingrained stigma surrounding mental health in many communities, and the fact that the vast majority of therapists in this country are white, it is often difficult for Black women and girls to access therapy when they need it. We wanted to change that.
In our pilot program, we raised over $250,000 with the support of our generous community and provided financial assistance to hundreds of Black women and girls to go to therapy. We did this through collaborative partnerships with Therapy for Black Girls, Open Path Collective, National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network, and Talkspace, networks and service providers that are all committed to making therapy more affordable and accessible.
No matter how much you are able to give, we are excited to work together with our community again to bring therapy support directly to Black women and girls who need it. Please donate now to tangibly tell these women and girls, “We see you, we hear you, and we are invested in your healing.”Generations will benefit from their healing.
How you can give:
- Champion the Cause! Become an advocate and help fundraise for Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund via your social platforms. Set your own fundraising goal and utilize your network of friends and family to help fundraise for Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund.
- Be a small business or corporate match - Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
- Donate to our campaign! We are raising $600,000 to our therapy for Black women and girls program, which includes providing 8 free therapy sessions.
- Start a Giving Circle: Pool your resources together and make a commitment with 6 of your friends to donate and support Black women and girls who deserve access to healing. If each of your friends contribute $20, it will cover 1 therapy session.