To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) is competing against 24 other charities in the first round of the American Giving Awards presented by Chase. This is a contest based on Facebook votes that honors past winners of Chase Community Giving. There are five categories in round 1 and 1 charity from each category will move on to round 2 which starts December 2. Each round 1 winning charity will win $125,000 and the round 2 winner will walk away with $1 million for the charity. You can help TWLOHA make it to round 2 by logging onto Facebook and clicking "like" on the American Giving Awards presented by Chase page and then voting for TWLOHA
TWLOHA is a non-profit movement that presents hope and help for individuals struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. The organization's goal is to "encourage, inspire, inform, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery." Since forming in 2006 TWLOHA has donated more than $850,000 to treatment and recovery and has responded to over 160,000 emails from over 100 countries.
Winning this prize money would allow TWLOHA to extend and strengthen their "bridge to help." Many people turn to TWLOHA when they're scared or they feel like they have no one else. The organization has made several plans to increase their umbrella of help, such as:
- Investing in building an interactive platform that will allow people to contribute directly to treatment and recovery in their local community.
- Providing more widespread counseling scholarships for people with little or no insurance, alleviating the stress of a financial burden that often accompanies treatment and recovery options.
- Expanding the vision by taking HEAVY AND LIGHT - an evening of songs, conversation, and hope - on the road. There is a unique kind of community that happens when people gather in a room with songs and honest stories that resonate. Nights like this can change a perspective for people, and that shift could be the beginning of change or even a life saved.
- Strengthening the launch of the brand new high school campaign The Storytellers, a way for high school students to bring the story of TWLOHA and message of hope to their own campus through organizing and engineering community events.