Everyone knows non-profits who are stressed to the max, overworked, and underpaid. Inversely, we are now hearing about non-profits whose CEOs are making millions from heading up non-profit organizations.
We are different.
When I first launched LLP in September of 2012, I was the only one on board helping grieving parents and highly sensitive kids. And it quickly became apparent that if I continued on this route, LLP would be nothing more than a memory very quickly. As a for-profit CEO and a mother of two, it was just too much to handle no matter how much I felt I was being guided to help others. When that imbalance occurs, it's not good for anyone including the folks who are receiving services from an exhausted volunteer who is giving, giving, giving without the balance of receiving. It's a recipe for disaster.
I quickly realized that in order to see LLP not only survive but thrive, things needed to change. Of course, I always knew I wanted to work with mental health professionals so we can holistically help the legions of kids who are highly sensitive/intuitive (like my own kids) but it was more than that.
It would take money (about $3K) to do what I knew needed to happen which was make it a legal, 501c3 non-profit organization with internal management structure that will move us forward in a balanced way. Thank goodness I had the cash to jump through the necessary legal hoops and set up the company (website, phone, marketing, etc) because many times throughout my adulthood, that kind of money wouldn't have been there or I would have been too nervous to put faith in something that I couldn't see.
Since September of 2012, I've seen firsthand how much our services and support are needed. We receive letters from parents begging for help for their kids (and thanking us for helping them in ways Western medicine can't) and from grieving parents who are letting us know that our support is helping them put one foot in front of the other on a daily basis when in the past, the thought of ending their own lives was in the forefront. We know we are needed but we can't do it without YOUR help. In order to give the way all of us do at LLP (from our hearts), we need a balanced "get."
It is my hope we are able to raise so much money that we can offer monthly live workshops, one-one-one help, funding for parents struggling to pay for burial services AND be able to fairly compensate our staff who works so hard to make this all a possibility.
We want to remain in existence for the long haul and to do it, we need balance.
If you've received services from us (free readings, sessions, one-on-one help, etc) please consider making an in-kind donation to help us thrive. All of us working for LLP do so without compensation right now (and are happy to do so for now) but that is not a realistic growth model if we want to keep our organization up and running. We want to provide the best services possible while knowing our staff is not about to jump ship from burn out. We all work full-time jobs on the side in addition to the work we're doing here at LLP. Some of our services, like one-on-one help, we've had to shelf for now because it's too much for us to handle without balance.
LLP is a labor of love for all of us but we all understand that balance is needed in order to keep moving forward. From 2012-2013, we helped over 100 grieving parents and over 50 families whose children are highly sensitive and were struggling. There is SOOOO much more we can do with funding. We'd like to raise funds to launch our in person workshops in March! And then again in May on the East Coast. But we can't do it without your help. We'd like to open up more services and support but again, we can't do it without balance.
With that said, The Little Light Project has a very generous donor who is willing to MATCH any donations we get from now until March 4, up to $1000! Please donate today so we can do our first free seminar for parents and kids in March! Donate (tax deductible!!) by clicking HERE.... And THANK YOU in advance for your help!
*** And don't forget, we are holding a free call-in session tomorrow night for parents whose children are in spirit now. See our FACEBOOK PAGE or front page of our website for call-in details.
-- Kiersten Hathcock, Founder