Activita Association. Providing stress relief within the lower mainland. ...The change 100,000 hours can make. What Is The Probelm?.
Providing stress relief within the lower mainland.
...The change 100,000 hours can make
Taking care of a growing community means remembering what creates a community - people. Each individual has the opportunity to make a difference, and play their part in the community. Sometimes, that opportunity is a little harder to take.
All of us deal with stress, stemming from a range of situations: Financial hardship, family issues, illness, trauma, death, the unexpected life throws our way. When someone is under stress, they can feel like there’s no one there for them, or no way to escape it. The feel dislocated from the community, not allowing them to play an active role.
There are currently hundreds of options available to people dealing with stress. These include counseling, self help books, medication, meditation, financial aid, etc. While professional help is always the first option, we feel like there is something everyone can do to help those in need. You don’t need to be a pharmacist, scientist, or physiologist to make a difference!
We would like to start a volunteer based program centered around helping to relieve stress from those in the community who need it most. Unfortunately, great ambitions never succeed over-night.
Stress affects everyone. In fact, certain levels of stress are healthy for you. Things get out of hand when the stress becomes unbearable or ‘hopeless’. This can happen to anyone, and is triggered by events in life that we’ve mentioned such as illness, poverty, family problems, etc. It is important for anyone who is dealing with unbearable stress to seek stress relief.
We can’t exclude anyone from the struggle of stress, but within the lower mainland, those most at risk include the lower class stressed about their livelihood, teenagers worried about their future and struggling with family problems, those suffering from mental illness and those grieving dead loved ones.
Stress is an emotional pain that can affect anybody at any time which can also lead into physical pains. The person and the community can both suffer from this. Stress effects a person by making them feel like they are in a do or die situation, with all the illnesses in the world that a person might have it may affect a person. When stress levels are high, communities get a lot of pressure from it. Stress can have a chain reaction effect. The communities’ unemployment rate, crime rate, an progression are effected by high stress levels.
Our program will start off with only a handful of volunteers and interested individuals. Our objective is to take individuals needing a stress-free atmosphere out of their current situation, to a more relaxed, free zone. We can achieve this by holding small group get together activities led by a volunteer ratio of 1:2-4. Group activities are held in the general taste of the participants.
Outings could include hiking, art sessions, swimming, walks, photography trips, trips to the SPCA, or the recreation center. Each outing is free to participators and will include one meal.* see budget
Eventually our goal would involve gaining funds and enough volunteers to help with the construction of a permanent facility near a park or forest that would consist of an office, art room, activity/recreational room and a greenhouse. The entire facility would cost an estimate of 750 000 dollars and many man hours. This goal facility would be open 5 days a week, allowing for drop in visits, a lower cost of activities and more interest in the organization.
We would also, in the future, like to expand activities to the benefit of helping those in need of stress relief through youth camps and seminars held at the facility.
In addition to our volunteers, our clients can help support the program and other organizations through fundraisers such as bake sales, sandwich making for the homeless, art sales, etc.
An important factor to stress relief is the feeling of not being alone, being a part of the community, and a sense of control. Accomplishing something like a fundraiser brings those sort of feelings and hope.
We are extremely ecstatic to have the chance to gain 100 000 volunteer hours from the skeljay philanthropy organization. We promise to put those hours to good use. We need volunteers to help run activities and provide support for clients. As we mentioned earlier, starting off our project will take time. Within the first year we would like to have accumulated 43 clients and a group of 20 volunteers. We hope to run an average of 3 activities a week in the first year, at an average of 4 hours each. We assume that each volunteer will spend an average of 1 hour each week planning and getting ready for the trips and activities. In the first year, we will have used 13 000 volunteer hours.
Year 1: Advertisement
: Small group of volunteers set up
Year 4: Receive funds for facility
Building of facility
Year 4: First Youth camp
Year 5: Activita is self reliant for volunteer hours
Year 10 : A wave of calm sweeps over the lower mainland.