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Making an Impact in the Community
From the very beginning, It Just Flows was birthed from community connections. Each new season of growth opens from roots reaching deeper into the community.
Everything we do is motivated by giving back to the community. Even empowering people with creativity as a tool for self-care is about replenishing and inspiring people to use that fullness for the good of the world. The world needs our light too much for us to keep the goodness to ourselves.
And when inspired compassionate souls collaborate together, our impact is multiplied.
The SOCIAL CALLIGRAPHY COLLECTIVE gathers for pen practice meetups to make space for creativity, connection, and generosity. Inspired by my friends who love lettering and justice, I started this meetup to practice our calligraphy skills by writing notes of encouragement to women in recovery and other marginalized neighbours. We also host a #letteringforchange challenge to write and share world-changing quotes. Stay tuned for plans as we received a grant to take this to the streets of Vancouver! Regular meetups will resume in the Fall.
SERVANTS ANONYMOUS FOUNDATION is a non-profit organization fighting to end sexual exploitation, which is the fastest growing business of organized crime. Their long-term recovery program helps women to rewrite their story of slavery into one of freedom. With 30 years of experience, they have an 85% track record in helping the women to start a new life… for good. It’s truly an honour to do calligraphy with the women and hear their stories of courage. 10% of all It Just Flows workshops and Etsy sales are donated to support their good work.
THE RISING TIDE SOCIETY is a global movement of creatives cultivating community over competition. With 400+ local Tuesdays Together gatherings worldwide, they believe in getting out from behind your computer and building true relationships with other creative entrepreneurs to share knowledge and support in entrepreneurship. I’m grateful this community has been instrumental in the growth of It Just Flows. It was a no brainer for me to help lead the Vancouver chapter, because I love their commitment to fostering face to face gatherings and giving back to the community.
In addition to my ongoing involvements, I love partnerships with community organizations. Some sample collaborations:
MORE THAN A ROOF HOUSING: Community building calligraphy gatherings with income assisted seniors and single adults struggling with mental illness
BC WOMEN’S & CHILDREN HOSPITAL: Lettering workshop with teens recovering from eating disorders.
CAPILANO UNIVERSITY: Team building workshop with community outreach workers in supporting their work promoting literacy in work in multiple communities.
PANDORA’S COLLECTIVE: Calligraphy workshop to raise funds to support Pandora’s outreach workshops teaching writing in schools, rehab centers, hospitals, youth shelters, and literary festivals.
BASEL HAKKA LUTHERAN & GRACE VANCOUVER CHURCH: Expressive lettering workshops to build community bonds and spiritual development.