I knew the Project needed more physical space to fulfill its mission. What I didn’t realize was how my psychological space was also becoming overwhelmed.
However, what I had not envisioned was how much all this would cost.
The moment we moved into our new workspace I felt a light in my heart equal to the sunshine streaming through the windows. That light carried memories of how much I loved going to Multnomah Grade School in this very facility 60 years ago. Here was space to grow: shelves for storage and room for volunteers to comfortably work -- not just one or two helpers, but six, eight, twelve at a time, each of us knowing that art has the power to affect social change. It's what I’d envisioned over a year ago.
I am grateful to the Fetzer Institute and Oregon Community Foundation for start-up funds and to the MAC for granting our application for an affordable space. And we would never be where we are now without individual supporters -- including those who have stepped up during our Sustaining Donation Campaign to help cover the Project's new lease obligations. To date those pledges cover less than half of the cost, but I think back to when we also had only a few thousand Soul Boxes. You came through with 36,000 (to reveal the 2018 U.S. gun death toll) at the Oregon State Capitol. I have to believe the financial supporters will come as well.
About 1,500 of you receive this newsletter. Each of you cares about our nation's gunfire epidemic. This is your time to act. Your financial support is as important as folding Soul Boxes. I’m asking you to pledge $5, $10, $15 a month, or perhaps much more, to keep this Project stable. Help us take 200,000 Soul Boxes across the country to the National Mall in 2020 to affect the changes we need for a safer, more civil society.
I look forward to hearing from you,
P.S. I will be on Portland's AM Northwest Friday morning KATU Channel 2 at 9 am. Tune in!