One avenue we use to reach individuals with substance use disorder is a very subtle, yet impactful, gesture of leaving cards around the community which contain:
1. Personal, handwritten notes of hope and encouragement to people who are lost in the darkness of addiction. It is our hope the message will hit them in just the right place in their heart, at just the right painful moment, and that they take a moment to stop and consider the possibility of change.
2. Contact information for local resources that support recovery from substance use disorder.
3. A white butterfly bead, a small token that can be kept as a reminder of our effort should the individual choose to disregard the information provided.
Our hope is that the individuals who find our cards will be reminded that there are support services available to them, there is hope for them to change their lives, and there is love, all around them. We hope they will feel a connection to the card and handwritten message, which will give them the courage to then reach out to us for support. We have had feedback to verify that these cards and messages DO accomplish that goal!
Simply: WRITE ENCOURAGING NOTES and GET THEM TO US! To give you an idea of what to write, imagine this: One of your loved ones standing in front of you, completely hopeless and saying the only life they know how to live is a life of drug use and isolation. What would you say to them? Write that message in your note.
YOUR handwritten message is our “secret sauce” that is touching people’s lives.
Here is testimony of how our cards and notes have impacted two individual’s lives:
Our card kits contain all the materials needed, and instructions, to assemble 25 Project White Butterfly cards which you can place around your own community. If you would like to request a card kit - please complete the request form below. After requesting a card kit, we ask that you consider making a donation to our organization to assist with the printing of cards, purchasing materials, and to help cover shipping costs. Card kits arrive via USPS in approximately 7-10 business days.
A nonprofit is as strong as the community that holds it up. Together, we can do more than we can do alone. Let's bring our abilities and passions together to affect real change.
There are many ways to join us and support our mission. Contact us to find out more about volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, and ways that you can get help get our message to your friends and family.
Parma, Ohio, United States