For those of you who know me, you'll know that mental health awareness and treatment is incredibly important to me. You'll also know that I believe in the importance of physical health. When I say physical health, I don't mean the number on the scale or size of your clothes, but the value of movement, mobility, and strength. For me, the gym is a place to focus on myself and my well-being, to connect my mind with my physical movements, to appreciate my body for allowing me to nurture it. By no means am I perfect regarding my own body image and I constantly struggle to reaffirm these values. I chose to become a certified personal trainer to continue to grow in these values, and share my space with others so that we can continue to learn and grow together.
I started this fundraising campaign because these two worlds - mental and physical health - are privileges. I want your help to improve access to therapy for black women and girls who may otherwise not receive the space they need and deserve. To do this, I am offering personal training and/or group workouts in exchange for your donations to this campaign.
If you are a creator or have a service to offer, I encourage you to join this cause. If we work together, we can provide hours of free access to mental health to black women and girls.
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.
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 email@example.com if you are interested.
- Donate to our campaign! We are raising funds for our therapy for Black women and girls program, which includes providing 4-8 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.