Help volunteer for Wellness Wordworks to build a revolution in social justice
I’ve been trying to build my own business with just a few folks asked to volunteer for Wellness Wordworks. Now I’m at the point where I have to decide to keep it a lifestyle business that just pays my salary or to make a mental health revolution. I want to make a mental health system so cheap that people that are in emotional distress can pay for it themselves. This will completely bypass both the Disability Industrial Complex and all the government budget cuts.
Here’s the video explaining my vision for folks who volunteer for Wellness Wordworks. Vote here for it to win Wellness Wordworks a $4000 business makeover:
I want to build a video warmline, a virtual peer support center linked to all the gardening and knitting type clubs in town. I want to help expand respite care in our city. Then I think we can fund this with microloans to give people money for self-directed care for anything that might help them with recovery: acupuncture, job interview clothes, gym memberships, whatever. But to make this happen I’m going to need a ton of people to volunteer for Wellness Wordworks.
I don’t usually make a big deal about being a Christian, but I am. I’ve been asking for guidance on whether I should turn my business into a revolution empire, like I know I can. But the answer I keep getting back is to ask people to volunteer for Wellness Wordworks. This is the only way I can keep any kind of work life balance and get everything done that I want to do.
1 Timothy 1-7 (The Message) says: “A leader must be well-thought-of, committed to her husband, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. She must know what she’s talking about, not be overfond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry. She must handle her own affairs well, attentive to her own children and having their respect. For if someone is unable to handle her own affairs, how can she take care of God’s church?” (or a huge social entrepreneurship that needs a lot of people to volunteer for Wellness Wordworks).
Plus I’m really bitchy when I work more than 50 hours a week. That’s my limit, the magic line I can’t seem to cross too often.
I think if I write about $400,000 of grants I can make this happen. I’m a good grant writer so I can get the grants written. I like supervising, so I can hire all the people to make this happen. But I am realizing now how much I need to have work life balance and how I don’t want to mess up my relationship with my fiance. I want to have a some kind of family life and my bike friends like Richard Wagner have been pointing out that they miss me.
Why to volunteer for Wellness Wordworks:
1. Learn skills like grant writing, social messaging,
2. Potential jobs in a quickly growing business.
3. Be in the ground level of creating nonviolent mental health revolution.
4. Enjoy the creation of new art and mental health ideas at first hand including all the rough drafts, deletions, and bloopers.
5. Have your suggestions and feedback heard and acted upon.
6. Find peer support
7. Possibly be sponsored into the Missouri or Kansas Certified Peer Specialist training.
8. Learn about psychiatric medication discontinuation.
9. Get research publications that cam promote your academic or consulting career.
Online or virtual ways to Volunteer for Wellness Wordworks (location doesn’t matter):
1. Promotion: Drop links to Wellness Workwork’s programs on Facebook pages and other blogs to help promote the business. Right now, we need campaigners for the Ultimate Business Makeover Video Contest here: http://www.kcsourcelink.com/gew-kc/video-contest-finalists
2. Consulting. Looking for people who have read Robert Whitaker’s Anatomy of an Epidemic AND at least 25 academic journal research articles as a follow up to the book. I’d like to list these people on my website as potential consultants in case we are able to eventually schedule a debate. Sending me a resume would be helpful.
3. Video editing: I have clips from Poetry for Personal Power that need to be split into individual videos for each performer, add title pages linking to our business, and find keywords and titles to upload to our You-Tube account. These clips are in cloud storage now and we can figure out together how to use this for you to download. It’s slow. I can also transfer via FileZilla to a blog you might host.
4. Video editing: I have clips from Chocolate Fairy interviews that can be condensed into a highlight video.
5. Video editing: I have two DVD’s of four years of competition footage for me that can be edited to a 7 minute highlight video to run behind my Olympic poem. Probably best if I just mail you a copy of these DVD’s.
6. Media list: I have about 5 media lists from different sources that can be compiled into one list and accuracy checked.
7. Call Combat sports clubs in Kansas City and tell them about Combat Arts for Recovery and see if they will trade a program scholarship for increased media attention.
8. Call gardening, social justice, knitting, reading, art, poetry, etc. programs in Kansas City and start working on our virtual peer support center. See if they are interested in a paid role for one of their members as a peer case manager to pull diagnosed people into their programs.
9. Be a board member. We need two more board members and have one conference call per month plus about five email conversations.
10. Review grants for typos and conceptual suggestions.
11. Be a phone poem rehearsal volunteer audience.
12. Research: Help design informed consent statements, research outcomes, literature review, and manuscript preparation to publish community and peer based program research as possible.
13. Recovery stories: collect writings and videos in your community and link or send them to Wellness Wordworks
In person ways to volunteer for Wellness Wordworks (Kansas City based):
1. Scan my Olympic Judo pictures
2. Search for electronic copies of research articles that I have on paper.
3. Type in Wellness Wordworks email sign in sheets.
4. Cut out poem pieces for Chocolate Fairy.
5. Stuff business envelopes and flyers.
6. Assemble CD’s.
7. Help with bulk mailings.
8. Work the Wellness Wordworks table at conferences.
Volunteer sign up form: