The sun is out, the ice is melting and we will host The Hearth’s first holiday event on Sunday, December 15th from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom at 1800 E. Main in Ashland. This is a special fundraiser event for The Hearth Community. The theme is “There’s No Place Like Home” and we have three musical groups, stories from Tonya Graham, Jennifer Margulis, and Matt Damon and a special holiday story and presentation on the new Hearth Community by Mark Yaconelli. Mulled wine and hot cider will be at the ready as well as homemade treats.
WE HAVE ONLY 12 DAYS LEFT IN OUR INDIEGOGO FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR THE HEARTH. If you have not donated click on the following link, (http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-hearth-community) and claim your perk, and help create a new approach to community-building in Southern Oregon.
We will host our first holiday Hearth event on Sunday December 15 from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom. This will be a special fundraiser for The Hearth Community and the new programs we are developing for the new year. The theme for the event is “There is No Place Like Home.” We’ll have mulled wine and hot cider and lots of holiday treats. If you have a story to share in ten minutes or less email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost for the event is $10 and all proceeds will go to The Hearth.
If you have not joined your neighbors in donating to The Hearth’s fundraising campaign please do at Indiegogo Campaign. You will find videos, photos, and information about the new Hearth Community at the Indiegogo link, PLUS you might be the one who helps us get to the halfway point in our campaign to raise $12,000.
The Ashland Tidings printed a cover article this week on The Hearth Community. Nice quotes from Dee Anne Everson and Daniel Murphy on the way in which The Hearth creates community. You can read it here.
We are at day 9 in our 60 day fundraiser for The Hearth Community. The more people who donate the better our chances for grants. Make your donation (no matter how small) here.
After four years we’ve developed a new approach to building community in Southern Oregon. We are seeking to raise $12,000 to get this new organizations off the ground. We need as many people as possible to donate (even if it’s a small amount) in order to procure grants. To learn about the campaign go here.
Here’s our video laying out our vision for the Hearth.
We had record-breaking attendance last night at the Hearth. Over 300 people turned out to hear true tales from the criminal justice system. The stories were raw and heartfelt and the music was powerful with a gorgeous closing song by Wendi Stanek, Andrew Brock, and Steve Fain (the song was “Demise” by the Smashing Pumpkins. Lyrics are here).
We have launched The Hearth as a new model of community-building here in Southern Oregon. We need your financial support to expand our programs and broaden our audience (our online campaign is here). Since 2010, the Hearth has produced twenty community events in which over a hundred local folks from forest rangers and receptionists, to lawyers and cafeteria workers have stood in front of their neighbors and shared true stories from their own lives. We have hosted over eighty local musicians and raised awareness of and funds for eighteen different non-profits in our area. The Hearth has developed a creative, meaningful, compassionate approach to strengthening local communities. Now we need your support in order to develop:
- Weekly Gatherings
- Family Nights
- Classes & Workshops
- Community Retreats
- Other Special Community-Building Events
Online fundraiser. We have just launched an online fundraising campaign at www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-hearth-community Simply go to the Indiegogo link and make a donation of any amount. There are fun incentives for different giving levels including the “Beer and Bolognese Package” the “Pasta and Pinot Package” and the “Storytelling Workshop Package.” Click on the link, make your tax-deductible donation, and help us expand the Hearth Community.
A judge, a policewoman, a probation officer, and three people who have done hard time will share true tales from the criminal justice system. The tales are raw and riveting. They are also rated PG-13. It all happens at our Fall Hearth event, October 24th from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland. Mark Yaconelli will host with music by Duane Whitcomb, Wendi Stanek, Steve Fain and others. Cost is $5 and all proceeds go to OnTrack addiction recovery programs in Medford, Oregon. Show up early to get a seat. Refreshments will be available.
Due to conflicts with two SOU community events (authors Cornel West and Frank Schaefer will each be speaking on Thursday, October 17th), the fall Hearth personal storytelling event, “Crime and Punishment,” has been postponed to October 24th. We have a great lineup: a judge, a policewoman, a court interpreter, and folks who have done time in county jail, as well as state and federal prison. A very rich night of stories. Cost is $5 and all proceeds will go to On Track addiction recovery in Medford. Great local music and hosted by Mark Yaconelli at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland from 7 to 9pm. Get there early to get a good seat.