This summer I will be finishing up my BFA from the University of Oregon at the coast instead of in Eugene and there are so many more important things going on in the world. As someone who never let themselves think of the future cause they spent a lot of time thinking they didn’t have one I’m happy I got to prove myself wrong!! but also must acknowledge that being white has afforded me many privileges that have allowed me to be here now, graduating only a year “behind”. While my path to a degree may not have been linear, nor conventional, my privilege allowed me to eventually be accepted into a university despite a horrible high school GPA and failing two classes at a community college a year later due to severe depression and PTSD. Many people of color in the U.S don’t make it that far, they are not afforded the time to rehabilitate themselves, to heal. So here’s to using the privilege I have been afforded due to my race and class, which allowed me to receive a college education, to continue to fight against the racist, sexist and classist systems that exist in the U.S. Everyone deserves access to the same opportunities in education and mental health services, everyone deserves space to heal.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.