It wasn't more than just a few generations ago when death was considered a village-making event that brought people together in ways nothing else could. When someone was nearing the end of life, extended family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, church congregations, and others all pitched in to provide necessary care and support. Tending to the dying was understood as a normal, natural, and expected part of living in a community.
In today's world, at least in the dominant culture of North America, caring for the dying is unfamiliar to most people. Typically, these responsibilities are left to specialists in institutionalized settings, separated from the daily lives of the general population. Unfortunately, this promotes discomfort with seeing, acknowledging, or even talking about death which in turn, impacts negatively how we relate to one another within our most intimate circles and the greater community.
Solace's response is to challenge the status quo. We not only wish to invite change, we want to implement it—but to do so, we need others to be involved. Here are some ways you can help:
We need your help! We are now ready to receive financial contributions that will be needed to launch and support our program over time. Whether you are an individual, or represent a business, faith community, foundation, or other entity, we hope you will contribute generously to build the base funds needed to acquire and ready the property that will house residents receiving care, as well as to support ongoing operational expenses of the Solace program. Before we can proceed further, we have set an initial start-up goal of $500,000. The earlier we meet that goal, the sooner we can begin to serve those in need.
$250 will pay for personal care/hygiene items for guests
$500 will pay for clothing for guests
$1,000 will pay for one month of groceries, cleaning supplies, and laundry service
$1,500 will furnish one guest room
$3,000 will pay utilities for one year
$5,000 will provide medical supplies and equipment for one year
$10,000 will maintain one guest room for one year
$25,000 will fund our Volunteer Program for one year
$50,000 will cover one-third of caregiving costs for our guests for one year
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Write a check payable to:
Solace Friends, Inc.
P.O. Box 5587, Madison, WI 53705-5587
Please print, complete, and return this Pledge Form
For gifts made in honor, in memory, or in support of someone, please be sure to note the name of the honoree, and the name and full mailing address of the person to whom, on your behalf, we can send an acknowledgement card.
A "wish list" of additional in-kind donations for house furnishings, office supplies, food and sundries, clothing, and personal items for our guests will be made available soon.
and we make it with humility and great respect for those who are fortunate enough to have financial resources to share. Rest assured your support will make a big difference to those in need. If you have immediate questions, please email our fund-raising committee chairs:
or give us a call at (608) 843-8191 and we will be happy to address them with you.
If you be interested in helping us with fund-raising activities, we'd welcome your involvement as well.
The Solace Board of Directors currently has nine members, and we want to add more. We are particularly interested in expanding the diversity of our board, and welcome people of all ages, ethnicities, and life stories. If you would like to be considered for one of the open positions, we'd love to arrange a meeting to explore further. Persons with expertise in the following areas are especially encouraged to apply.
Our governance board provides leadership but can't do everything. Working committees are essential to our success. If you are interested in helping in any of the following areas, please call (608) 843-8191; we'd love to hear from you:
If you believe in what we are doing and want to do more to help, we are looking for allies that can help us build and maintain a strong network of alliances throughout our community. If you are already doing work in end-of-life care, homeless services, or any capacity you think might support our effort, we'd love to hear from you. There is much to do and it's likely that there are many ways to help that we have not yet identified. If one of the categories above doesn't spark your interest, we invite you to share any ideas and insights you think might be helpful.
The more people that know about us the better—so please help to spread the word. If you’re a Facebook user, we invite you to like our page and look for updates as we post them.
Solace was founded by volunteers and will always depend on the contribution of time and talent of others in all facets of our organization—from direct personal caregiving to helping with shopping, administrative tasks, education and outreach, and more. For most of Solace's volunteer assignments, no special skills are required—just an open mind and heart, and the desire to help others when it's needed most. All volunteers will receive thorough training and ongoing support and all assignments will be based on individual interests and availability.
We need boots on the ground now. Even though our house isn't ready, it's not too soon to start building our team. To apply, please fill out this form. Once we've received your information, we will contact you to discuss next steps. If you'd like to learn more about the many rewarding volunteer opportunities available at Solace please email us at: email@example.com. with your questions. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Following are some of the volunteer roles we anticipate needing to fill:
Although it's still a bit early to activate a formal application process, we'd love to hear from those in our community who are interested in volunteering with Solace in any capacity. To get started, simply click on the volunteer button below and fill out our volunteer form. Questions? email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to basic contact information, we invite you to tell us a bit about yourself and how you think you might like to get involved with our program. Once we've received your information, we will contact you to discuss next steps. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Whether for fundraising, friend-raising, training, or commemorating, we expect special events of all sorts will help to generate awareness and strengthen relationships throughout our community. Our first gatherings will likely focus on education and outreach, volunteer recruitment, and raising money for our home. Down the road, we envision many other opportunities to learn and celebrate together. We'd love to have you join us, so please sign up on our mailing list to be sure you receive invitations. We can always use help with planning and hosting too, so give us a call if you'd like to serve on one of our special events committees.
We are seeking a limited-termed Development Manager who shares our passion for this vision and possesses the knowledge, skills and experience to work with the Solace Board of Directors to make this vision a reality. This opportunity will be up to six months long and expected to be 40 hours per week, with some evenings to participate in board and committee meetings.
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