The goal of Hike for Healing is to give communities another tool to show support for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, while raising more resources for the Monument Quilt to continue doing just that. In order to make this happen, we need your help! By sharing our event with friends and family, you can spread the word to more people and gather more support for Hike For Healing.
Promote your campaign on social media, using these sample posts with our hashtag, #HikeForHealing!
• Walk with survivors in our ongoing healing journey on October 29th. Sign up to hike with me and/or donate today: crowdrise.com/hikeforhealing
• I'm hiking on October 29 to support survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Join my campaign by hiking or giving, and help our team raise the most money. [Link to your campaign page]
• I am going to #HikeForHealing, and you should too! Join my hike at [location] or support my campaign. [Link to your campaign page]
• Healing from sexual violence is a lifelong journey. Support survivors on Oct. 29 - crowdrise.com/HikeForHealing #HikeForeHealing #NotAlone
• Show your support for survivors by hiking with us on Oct. 29. crowdrise.com/HikeForHealing
• Help support survivors of sexual violence by joining my hike or donating to our campaign. crowdrise.com/HikeForHealing #HikeForHealing
Sample email encouraging friends/family to participate:
The Monument Quilt is having a fall fundraiser to raise awareness and funds to create public healing spaces for survivors. From now through the end of October we will honor healing as a lifelong journey through Hike For Healing.
Please consider joining our team and hike with us on October 29. You can join our team or donate here: [Your page here], or set up your own campaign and team [crowdrise.com/HikeForHealing].
By participating in and supporting Hike For Healing, you help fund the Monument Quilt’s workshops and displays that create public healing spaces for survivors. Thank you for joining with me in this important work!
Contest rules: All prizes will be shipped to one team representative.
• CHALLENGE GRANT: Jane Brown, a Monument Quilt Leadership team member, has offered a challenge grant: When we meet our $50K goal, she will donate an additional $10,000!
• SIGN UP BY October 1 to receive a free water bottle for the day of the hike!
• Week of October 3-9: This week, each member of the team who recruits the MOST HIKERS to create a profile for their group will get a limited edition sticker with a quote from a Monument Quilt square.
• Week of October 10-16: Each member of the team who recruits the MOST NEW DONORS this week will get a limited edition tote bag with a quote from a Monument Quilt square.
• Week of October 17-23: Each member of the team that raises the MOST MONEY this week will each get a prize pack including a Hike for Healing water bottle, and Monument Quilt inspired tote and sticker.
FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture and the Monument Quilt presents Hike for Healing -- a walk or hike to support survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence on their lifelong healing journey. Sign up today to walk or hike 3 miles on October 29th, and help us raise $50,000 to build our movement of survivors.
Every 107 seconds, another person is victimized by sexual violence. Survivors span all age groups, genders and sexual orientations. People of color, LGBTQ folks, people with disabilities, and others who are otherwise marginalized experience the highest rates of sexual violence.
The work we do is in the name of the 1700 survivors who stitched their story onto the Monument Quilt.
We can’t stop now.
We need your help to build our nationwide movement of survivors. On October 29th, we will host for Hike for Healing to build our movement. Thanks to your help, FORCE has grown into a powerful organization. In the spring, Monument Quilt will travel to the West Coast for a series of quilt displays to lift up the voices of survivors. Here in our hometown, we recently launched Gather Together, a new survivor led program that uses arts based activism to create social change. The Monument Quilt will blanket the National Mall with thousands of stories on spring 2018.
We know $50,000 sounds like a lot of money – and it is, but here is what your dollars mean in action:
$50 adds a quilt square to the Monument Quilt. To date we have collected 1700 stories- 1700 survivors who refuse to stay silent any longer.
$100 pays for a quilt workshop to talk about the impact of rape culture, and support arts based activism.
$200 pays for the fabric, thread and other supplies used each month to add survivor’s stories to the Monument Quilt.
$300 pays for a survivor skill-share in our Baltimore studio. This is the work of Gather Together, a survivor led group grounded in arts based activism.
$500 pays for a banner in our Monument Quilt. These banners bear messages of support for survivors and lets our community, they are not alone.
$1,000 funds community mini-grants for survivor leaders working in our hometown to launch their own creative campaigns.
Join today, and help us take up space for survivors on October 29th.
Please note that FORCE’s fiscal sponsor is the Greater Homewood Community Corporation, recently renamed as Strong City Baltimore.
Accessibility note: We encourage everyone to choose a walk or hike of a distance and difficulty that fits you. If you need an alternative to walking and/or being outdoors, choose an activity that manifests self care and healing for survivors. Some suggestions include (are not limited to) relaxing outside, star-gazing, meditation, painting a picture, or doing stretching exercises.
The Monument Quilt is an on-going collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. Written, stitched, and painted onto red fabric, our stories are displayed in city and town centers to create and demand public space to heal. The quilt builds a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed. In a final display, the Quilt will blanket the National Mall to spell "NOT ALONE." More information at themonumentquilt.org. Learn more about FORCE at UpsettingRapeCulture.com.