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The Story Connective is running a fund drive, and we need your support. We want to give back to the projects whose stories we've shared. So, if you donate, you will get to vote on which one of the projects we've told a story about over the past six months that you want to support. Whichever project gets the most votes by our donors will receive a portion of the donation money from this fundraiser.

Fund drive and voting ends June 30th, so donate today!

You can support us & participate in voting in the following ways:

1) Become a sustaining supporter for as little as $1 per podcast/video at Patreon.com/StoryConnective If you choose this option you will be invited into our creative process and our inner community, with special updates, stories, and some special perks. You will also be funding us to continue to do this important work.

2) Support us at Rally.org/StoryConnective to make a one-time donation to the Story Connective. Your donation will be used to purchase audio and video gear that will allow us to produce our stories with better sound and visual quality.

Thank you! After contributing, we will send you a survey where you can vote on which of the following organizations on the ballot list below you would like to see a portion of our proceeds go to:

Here are the ballot choices

GERRY & DENISE DIGNAN's non-profit organization ballot choice:
Prelude Music Foundation

"The Prelude Music Foundation's sole purpose is to bring Music Together®, a research-based music and movement program, to children in need in the greater Houston area. Our goal is for children to experience, experiment, create, heal and learn from the power of music. The Prelude Music Foundation serves over 850 children every week in their schools. Each semester members of the Houston Symphony join our Prelude teachers in the classroom and then they accompany all students in a family engagement concert. All children, teachers, parents, and school administrators get together to sing, dance, and jam! The joy is contagious.
The Prelude Music Foundation also provides professional development for school teachers. We show teachers how music supports all learning."

Find out more at PreludeMusicFoundation.org

DOUG BANNER's non-profit organization ballot choice:
Skookum Kids

"Skookum Kids is a local transition house for kids going into Foster care. When you talk about building resilience in kids that’s what they are all about." -Doug Banner

They have two programs - "Skookum House" and "Skookum Parents"

They have created a volunteer-staffed facility to care for children entering or transitioning into foster care. With the children safe in their care during their first week of foster care, Skookum buy critical time for caseworkers to find the right long-term placement. Their hope is that no child from their community would ever be placed in haste.
They also recruit, train, and conduct home-studies for families hoping to become foster parents with an eye toward alleviating the community's acute shortage of respite care providers. They are located in the Bellingham, Washinton.

Find out more at SkookumKids.org

JAMES M. SIMPLICIANO's non-profit organization ballot choice:
Alternative Learning Center

James was inspired by Alternative Learning Center's coach Lance Morikawa and coach Mike. They inspire youth with alternative leadership training and understanding the deep value of sustainability, and social responsibility. "ALC is a 15-year-old mentoring program that helps students prepare for career pathways following graduation...the program helps the high school seniors enter a work-based learning situation outside of the school setting to establish a pathway to future employment. Students are mentored in the interview process, specific job situations, career expanded exploration and work ethics in the real world. It's grown and grown over the years, and it really shows how the Lahaina, Hawaii community goes above and beyond to help the kids learn work ethics, self-confidence and self-respect." -LahainaNews.com

Find out more at LahainalunaHighSchoolFoundation.org

JENNY PELL's non-profit organization ballot choice:
Hawaii Farmers Union Foundation

HFUF’s primary purpose is to support the sovereign right of farmers to create and sustain vibrant and prosperous agricultural communities for the benefit of all Hawaii Nei, including future generations, through various scientific, educational and charitable activities."

Find out more at HFUF.org

JOY JINK's non-profit organization ballot choice:
Swamp Gravy by the Colquitt/Miller Arts Council

Swamp Gravy’s mission statement is to "involve as many people as possible in a theatrical experience that empowers the individual, bonds the community and strengthens the local economy while crossing the boundaries of class, race, economy and social class."

Find out more at SwampGravy.com

VICKI LEVIN's non-profit organization ballot choice:
Hawaii Farmers Union United Haleakala Chapter

"HFUU Vision Statement: The Hawaii Farmers Union, as a chartered state division of National Farmers Union, is recognized and respected as the true voice of Hawaii local farmers. Hawaii Farmers Union empowers island farmers to earn a prosperous living through regenerative stewardship of our lands, waters, and communities. Hawaii Farmers Union serves as a bridge between farmers and consumers through vibrant, local, community Farmers Union chapters in all districts on all islands.

Find out more at MauiFarmersHaleakala.com

ARTHUR MEDEIROS' non-profit organization ballot choice:
Auwahi Forest Restoration Project

The Auwahi Forest Restoration Project originated in 1997 as a grass roots, community-based effort in working in collaboration with `Ulupalakua Ranch to save tracts of highly endangered dry forest at Auwahi as biological and cultural sanctuaries. Since inception, the Auwahi project has restored forest primarily with the efforts of supervised volunteers from the community. As time proceeded, they have developed a large group of volunteers that are passionate, informed, and with strong sense of ‘aloha ‘aina (love of land) for Hawaiian places, forests and culture. It is now widely regarded as one of the most successful examples of community-based native forest restoration in the islands. Volunteers, and most who visit the forest, are left moved by the experience of being in a native forest, participating in its protection, and planting seedlings of native Hawaiian trees that will likely live for hundreds of years, perpetuating this forest sanctuary for decades to come. The project serves a broad range of the Maui community, including school students, canoe paddlers, educators, ranchers, policy makers, scientists, artists and photographers.

Find out more at Auwahi.org

REBECCA RHAPSODY's non-profit organization ballot choice is:
Health Research Institute
"The Health Research Institute's mission is to promote responsibility for personal health and health of the environment through education, to provide effective tools through education, research, and clinical practice that teach self-responsibility, promote healing, and restore the environment."

Find out more at HealthResearchInstitute.net

You can support us & participate in voting in the following ways:


1) Become a sustaining supporter for as little as $1 per podcast/video at Patreon.com/StoryConnective If you choose this option you will be invited into our creative process and our inner community, with special updates, stories, and some special perks. You will also be funding us to continue to do this important work.

2) Support us at Rally.org/StoryConnective to make a one-time donation to the Story Connective. Your donation will be used to purchase audio and video gear that will allow us to produce our stories with better sound and visual quality.

Thank you! After contributing, we will send you a survey where you can vote on which of the following organizations on the ballot list below you would like to see a portion of our proceeds go to:

Thank you for your support,

Please donate before June 30th to vote.

Thank you for helping us tell inspiring stories!

Warm Wishes,

Loxley & Rhapsody
StoryConnective.org