Greetings! My name is Melody Nolan, and I lost my brother, Jonathan Lazarus, to suicide in 2013. With a Bachelor's in criminal justice and a Master's in counseling, I began an organization, TreasureLives in 2016. TreasureLives is dedicated to suicide prevention and mental health awareness. We feature a YouTube channel where people can share stories of lives that have been saved from suicide as well as memorialize those that have been lost. We also sponsor an eBay store, 4lazarustreasures, which benefits the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program. My vision also includes the development of a mental health awareness curriculum from grade school through college and mental health advocacy for seniors, those with disabilities, and veterans.
We still have a way to go with fundraising, and I’d like to outline the use of those funds:
The first, once accomplished, will benefit you, our donors, as you continue to support TreasureLives over the years: TreasureLives is filing for non-profit status! This process costs approximately $600.00.
Next, thanks to our growth we are need of administrative assistance for everything from tax preparation to public relations. I would be thrilled with $2,500 for the next year.
Lastly, but certainly the most exciting: TreasureLives has a store! Most of our products are based on the societal semi-colon theme, which was originally founded by The Semi-Colon Project. The concept is that when a semi-colon is used, a sentence which otherwise might appear to be complete is not; therefore, TreasureLives uses the semi-colon to serve as a reminder to “Pause, not Stop” in times of distress. We have also copy written a Semi-colon Surv;vivor line to promote surviving and thriving during and after physical and emotional trauma.
Our second copy written concept is our Awesome/Hero line. These items serve to remind us that everyone is awesome and it doesn’t take much to be a hero. They are meant to inspire, uplift, and increase self-esteem among individuals and communities. There are many variations of all our items, and we would like you to be able to see them prior to purchasing them. We need to create, photograph, and display the prototypes online. $500.00 should do the trick.
Please visit http://www.TreasureLives.org and follow the links to our blog, resource page, store, and our social media channels to see what we currently have to offer. We would appreciate it if you would share this opportunity for giving by posting the link to our website or to this campaign on your own social media pages.
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Thank you for your generosity of spirit!