Please Note: We are based in Cleveland County, North Carolina, and are only accepting volunteers living in the area.
The Community Supported Friendship project was created in response to the unique challenge of prolonged physical isolation that all of us are experiencing as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Many of our Compeer participants do not have access to computers, internet, or smartphones that are now critical for distanced social connection. Simultaneously, those of us with access to these forms of technology are often experiencing technology burn out after months of distanced communication. Through the sharing of creative gifts & storytelling, the CSF project aims to:
Provide a physical point of connection, based on shared interests, to our Compeer participants in the form of a CSF gift box delivered to their door each month.
Promote community-wide creativity and self care practices through this unique volunteer opportunity.
The CSF project aims to connect the broader community to isolated individuals through the sharing of creative gift boxes that come along with a story of connection.
Each month volunteers deliver a CSF box to the doorstep of our Compeer participants. The gift box is tailored to the individual’s interests and personality. Each item in the box comes along with a story explaining how the item was crafted, its connection to the broader community, or simply why it was important to the individual who contributed it.
The types of contributions we are looking for are creative gifts that are as diverse and unique as the Compeer participants who will receive them! We truly encourage you to allow self-care and creativity to be your guides. Identify the thing you love to do - that activity that brings you joy and presence - and do it! You can then contribute the end product, along with a story of connection to the CSF project. We’ll deliver your gift to one of our participants who has shared interests or experiences. Please complete the linked CSF Contribution Form (https://clevelandcountymha.org/csf-contribution-form) to help tell the story of your gift.
You can make a contribution in two ways. First, you can drop off your gift (after filling out a contribution form) at our upcoming CSF drive. The drive will be held at the Uptown Shelby Court Square on October 17, 2020, from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Second, you may also arrange the delivery of your gift to our office at the Ollie Harris Behavioral Health Center. Please complete a contribution form to initiate the process. The Compeer Coordinator will contact you to arrange delivery.
For additional information, visit our CSF Project website (https://clevelandcountymha.org/community-supported-friendship) or our CSF Drive Event Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/events/630005347547657/).
There will also be a special creative printmaking art activity lead by an art instructor on October 10, 2020 beginning at 11 AM. You must pre-register for the activity (http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ehbn84rt068c8b83&fbclid=IwAR19BhV3wJtTp24rRr4nQkWV-vBRkDsUhZU3LSIIuwGV5YRO43x5NXfx0kg&llr=afwjxbmab). This activity, titled Self-Care on the Square, will be an opportunity to create a piece of art as your contributing CSF gift.
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