What does 2015 hold for HQO Project

It’s been a while since we’ve posted one of these “news letters.” HQO Project has such a great community of supporters and we thank you all for following us on this journey to mobility independence. One of the reasons we’ve been behind on posting a news letter is because you have all been so involved we feel you have been with us experiencing a part of our story right along with us from wherever you are. Again, thank you, and we hope that we have provided you with plenty of ways to learn and experience just some of the set backs and acheivements, barriers and celebrations of life as a quad and/or caregiver.
This month we quietly saw the one year anniversary of the launch of our Help A Quad Out campaign. We pondered making a big deal of our baby campaign turning one, but in the end we decided to save those milestones for when HQO Project becomes a proud organization helping others to achieve their goals of mobility independence. That’s because, our campaign isn’t about how long it takes us to reach our goal, it’s about reaching our goal; it’s about achieving safe transportation and independence.

With that said, we have currently raised a total of $4,705 from generous donations and fundraisers. We fully believe that 2015 will be the year that we crush our goal. Earlier today we posted on Facebook that we had some great plans for HQO Project in the works. Running a campaign is a huge task. Take a moment to think back on any time you volunteered for some event and then just think for a moment all the people that were involved in making that happen. Working on a two person team as HQO Project is right now is a gigantic undertaking. This year we would like to bring in a bit more “fire power” so to speak and so in the very near future have plans to seek the help and support of our local United Way. The United Way offers support for local projects of their choosing and we hope that we can gain their support for our cause.

In the meantime, we have reached out to a great company, 3E Love–you can find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/3elove –a social entrepreneurial movement to change the perception of disability. They are a disability owned and operated organization that creates supportive merchandise for disability acceptance, and has a wonderful fundraising program where they help people to create merchandise and raise funds for their cause. Currently we are working with them to create our very own Help A Quad Out Project merchandise. These items, along with 3E Loves’ signature wheelchair heart merchandise will be made available beginnig online and a portion of the proceeds earned from their sales will go towards our wheelchair van fund.

We have also been planning a fundraiser that we hope to make an annual event for a long time to come. It will be an art exhibition that explores “the chair” and we hope brings together the dynamic of form and function with the different perspectives of artists both mobile and wheelchair using. We have already had a great response on the idea from a few artists that we have spoken with, all of whom will be sharing works in the exhibition. Keep an eye out for more information on this project and the many ways that you will be able to contribute.

Finally, we are working on Reward Levels for our GoFundMe campaign. Reward Levels are a fun, personalized way to show our appreciation to our donors. We are taking ideas on possible Rewards, so if you have an idea or there’s something you’d like to see from the Project, please feel free to leave a comment. We love hearing your ideas!

That’s all for now. Keep up with the latest campaign news, upcoming events, and great photos on our Facebook page and don’t forget to share our GoFundMe page at http://www.gofundme.com/HelpAQuadOut. You can also find us on Instagram @quadout.

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