March 1 an e-mail from Tea Rozman-Clark, Executive Director of Green Card Voices announced a fundraiser which ends Sunday night.
I enthusiastically support this fundraiser for this wonderful, indeed essential, organization whose purpose is to celebrate the contributions of immigrants to the United States (thus “Green Card”). You can contribute here. I just looked at the page (10:15 a.m. Friday Mar. 4) and they’re at $10,143 or their $13,000 goal.
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Your contribution money will be very well spent.
Dr. Rozman-Clarks e-mail is below and speaks for itself.
I have known of Green Card Voices since a chance experience with it at Hosmer Library in south Minneapolis in the fall of 2013. It was just beginning.
I wrote about that chance meeting then, Nov. 2, 2013. You can read the post here (scroll down). March 5, 2014 I did a followup post, and yet another on May 3, 2014.
“Start ups” of any kind are always a difficult proposition. Green Card Voices started right here in Minnesota, but its message is essential everywhere.
Give it a helping hand before the deadline, and get to know its mission, and get involved. Your will be money very well spent.
I encourage you to read the contents of Tea Rozman-Clarks March 1 e-mail, which follows.
I hope the winter season is treating you all with gentle compassion (sometimes the cold is a good reminder of how valuable warmth is. At least, this is how I frame it in the frigid Minnesota winter).
I’m writing because I have a request. But first, let me start at the beginning:
Many of you know that I run Green Card Voices, which utilizes digital storytelling to share personal narratives of America’s immigrants, fostering tolerance and establishing a better understanding between the immigrant and non-immigrant populations”.
Last September our organization recorded 30 most courageous youth, coming from 13 countries, candidly shared stories of family, school, change, and dreams. After recording their narratives, we knew that this was bigger than just a recording. We wanted to go a step further and bring their stories to an even wider audience with a powerful book Green Card YOUTH Voices: Immigration Stories from an American High School video multimedia package and make it available to schools and beyond.
I cannot stress how much their stories inspire me. Especially in the current political climate.
To raise the money to print and publish this book, Green Card Voices is running an Indiegogo campaign. Indiegogo is a crowd funding website that gathers money from individual donors, and rewards different donation amounts with different ‘perks’. It is an excellent choice for non-profits with very limited budgets. We are trying to raise $13,000 to fund this project, and have raised $9,616 thus far. We have 6 days left.
This is where you come in. Consider backing these young immigrant writers by preordering the book (price $30 + $6 shipping) and selecting one of the perks.
I honestly feel pretty odd about making this kind of request, but I strongly believe that this book and the stories of these students can have a powerfully positive impact on the students themselves, and anyone who has the chance to hear their stories.
You can donate on our campaign page here, as well as watch a video about the book project, see photos of the students and the process so far, and learn more about the details of the book. And please feel free to share this email, or parts of it, with whomever you think would have an interest in this project.
By helping fund this project, I truly believe you are helping empower a generation that will work to build a nation where all voices are heard and valued.
Sending love to you all!
Here are some helpful links if you want more information:
Green Card Voices website: www.greencardvoices.org
Tea Rozman Clark, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Green Card Voices
2015-17 Bush Leadership Fellow
@ Intermedia Arts 2822 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
612.889. 76. 35, email@example.com, www.greencardvoices.org
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Donate: Please visit our web site to learn how you can help by making your tax-deductible donation today:http://www.greencardvoices.com/donate-now/
Get involved: http://www.greencardvoices.com/get-involved/
Educate: If you are a teacher we encourage you to use our resources! If you are interested in joining our pilot educational program feel free to send us your request at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to send you the Teaching Guides customized for your classroom’s skill level.
Host a Touring Photo Exhibition: Photographers Justin Evidon and Neha Belvalkar captured the beautiful portraits of American immigrants as a part of the Green Card Voices project. If you are interested in having a photo exhibition at your location or organization, please contact us at: email@example.com.