Happy New Year!
To our volunteers, community partners, and friends:
We wanted to take this time to send a special thank you for all of your support! It is through your ongoing commitment to our work that we are able to reach more and more survivors each year and help them recover from trauma!
Over the last year and a half, DartHeart has expanded its focus from the Dartmouth campus to become an organization with global outreach. We are now operating from a virtual platform with connections throughout the nation and in many English speaking countries. We believe that our mission to connect survivors, share information about recovery, and offer opportunities for trauma survivors to make a difference in their local communities is best served by this new platform.
Since the launch of our new blog (http://dartheartinc.tumblr.com/), we have been able to connect with survivors from England to Australia who share our vision of creating a global youth network. These young men and women from around the globe have been excited about DartHeart and have already shared many of their survival stories, book reviews, and recovery ideas for the benefit of all survivors in DartHeart's network.
This fall, we also completed the first issue of how to live happily ever after trauma. It's a pocket size compilation of recovery tips and positive stories by survivors for survivors. We offer a free downloadable pdf on our website (http://dartheart.org/content/tips). Our goal this spring is to distribute 100 hard copies to emergency rooms, safe houses, and schools.
Each year, survivors across the country join the DartHeart network. In the past six months alone, we've had survivors join from Michigan, Iowa, Nebraska, and Indiana to name a few. We always want to be sure our forums offer the right mix of privacy and freedom to connect with other survivors so this spring we'll be rolling out a website update that will optimize our network and encourage more survivors to join!
One of the many benefits to our new virtual platform is not only that we're one of the greenest companies around, but our overhead is also very, very low. Thanks to the dedication of volunteers, over 95% of our donations go directly to survivors. We think this is an awesome way to run our business and we hope you do too!
Give us 5! To help us reach our goal of handing out 100 copies of how to live happily ever after trauma, please consider donating just $5. A $5 donation covers the cost of printing, and our volunteers do the rest to get these booklets into the community and into the hands of survivors.
Thanks to a recent generous donation, we're already half-way to our goal! We just need 50 more generous people to give $5!!
Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve! We have comfy t-shirts and totes that are fun to wear. A portion of the proceeds from each sale goes directly to DartHeart!
Check out our shop at Skreened.com/dartheart
Last minute tax deduction :) DartHeart is a federally recognized 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit organization. (Wow, try saying that ten times fast!) If you need to unload some cash by the end of the year, we'd be happy to receive your charitable contribution!
$50 pays our phone bill
$100 keeps our website up and running
We're excited about our new projects for 2012. And we hope you're excited too! If we all keep doing what we've been doing- telling survivors about our network, sending survivors our info, learning more about trauma recovery, and sharing positive tips- then together, we can make a positive global impact with our youth network for post traumatic stress recovery!!
Happy New Year!
The DartHeart Team