it's THE NEWS from HQ! November 2017
November 21, 2017
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
Click over to our #GivingTuesday fundraiser page, make a donation, and SHARE it using the social media links on the page. Headquarters, Inc, our counseling service, our training and outreach services, and the beacon of hope to the tens-of-thousands who call HQCC every year don't exist without you and your support.
Download our #GivingTuesday selfie print out, snap a pic of you telling us why you give to Headquarters, and use tags #GivingTuesday #UnmistakablyGiving in Lawrence, KS, and #IamHeadquarters on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram.
You can also create a Facebook Fundraiser for #GivingTuesday! On Nov. 28, Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match up to $2M total in donations to nonprofits on Facebook starting at 8am ET, up to $1K per fundraiser and $50K per nonprofit. To start a fundraiser for Headquarters, Inc., click over to the HQCC Facebook page, and click "Create a Fundraiser." Share with your friends, tell them why you give to HQCC, and why they should too.
My Story: Why a Suicide Survivor Chose Headquarters Counseling Center,
By Nathan F.
Last summer, on a stifling and wet July afternoon, I learned that my cousin had killed himself. I had just completed my orientation for KU’s Master of Social Work program. My dad had been trying to call me all morning, but I had silenced my phone while I listened to faculty speak about the people we would serve, the lives we would save. I returned the call on the campus lawn; stopped frozen when my dad finally spit it out - “Sammy killed himself last night.” My classmates walked on. I had no idea what to say. I stuttered the first thing that came to mind: “how are you holding up?” My dad’s voice broke and we both cried.
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By donating to Headquarters, Inc, your gift goes beyond counseling services to impact communities across our state. The KSPRC works with the 16 Suicide Prevention Coalitions and dozens of other groups across Kansas to offer training, informational sessions, and resources to help all of Kansas become suicide-safer.
The Warning Signs of Suicide:
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
- Looking for a way to kill oneself
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
- Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious, agitated, or reckless
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings
Steve and Lois are among the nearly 800 donors who have given to Headquarters, Inc. in the past year. Because of the leadership and generosity of folks just like them, Headquarters, Inc. was able to reach more than 21,000 people this year.
To continue to fulfill the promise of preventing suicide and providing emotional support to our Kansas communities, we need your help. This year, we have already raised 84% of our budget. We’re just $33,400 away from meeting our annual fundraising goal. Making a gift today ensures that together, we will be able to reach even more of our friends and neighbors across the state in the coming year.
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