Danielle Cares for Chairs

A Peacemaking Project by Danielle R.

What is the injustice we are solving?

My project helps not only helps the environment but then gives back to others. I collect bread tags. Those are the little plastic tags at the end of breads, fruits, and vegetables, recycle them and use the proceeds to buy mobili†y products for others.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of helping the environment reduce waste and helping people in need
we will address environmental sustainability education
by teaching sustainability to people/students.

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • To collect as many bread tags as possible and donate at least 5 more products by the end of the year

We will increase my / our compassion by...

We will increase the awareness of bread tag recycling as well as teach environmental sustainability. We will then show compassion by using our proceeds to give back to others by finding mobility products for people in need.

How will you show courage?

By doing this project you have to show courage to be able to handle rejection when people won't help even though they say they will.

How will you collaborate with others?

Right now, I currently have a media blitz and I am trying to get people around the United States to have collection points. I would like to collaborate with them via emails and facetime.

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

I will know we are moving in the right direction when I see the bread tags being sent to my home.

Key Steps

  • Find people to help collect, train them in what to do, send out information to them, follow up weekly with new collectors, send out updates to all, have people send bread tags, donate to recycling plant, get money to buy more mobility products and deliver

Reflection:

How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?

My project is an ongoing endeavor that I hope changes people's lives both environmentally and to do good for others. By giving me this grant, I was able to bless someone life and explain my program to others.

How did your community change as a result of your project?

My community changes because I wanted to give to someone and in turn, they are going to pay it forward by helping me explain my foundation to others and collect bread tags. To see the look on the little girl when I gave her the wheelchair and know I made her life and her family's life just a little bit easier is so worthwhile.

How many people were impacted by your project?

10

Explain how you came up with the number of people impacted by the project?

This is just a rough estimate as I am sure the impact of giving the wheelchair to the little girl will be felt in her extended family as well. The number is for the girls family as well as the therapists at the clinic she attends.

How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?

I learned the whole background about this little girl. She has had a very rough life even though she is only seven and has suffered many traumatic experiences. I feel by giving her this wheelchair it is about hope and turning things around be more positive things yet to come. All she wanted to do was to leave and drive the hour and a half home from the clinic to show her family. She couldn't wait to go to school tomorrow to show everyone her new chair. The smile on her face was worth everything!

What did your team learn?

There was no team involved in this project this time in finding a recipient of the wheelchair. Plus, we just donated all the bread tags a few weeks before receiving this grant so it will be a bit until we have another donation.

What challenges did your team overcome?

One challenge was to find a worthy recipient for the wheelchair. We have an amazing physical therapist who happened to find this amazing little girl.

How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?

We are currently working with a client who is trying to spread my message nationally. They have venues all over the United States. We also have many schools inquriring about my organization because of the article in Scholastic Magazine. I am hoping Purdue will continue to expand my network when attend school there in the fall.

What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?

My favorite saying is never let anyone dull your sparkle! If you have any idea don't let anyone deter you. People told me my idea was dumb and no one will want to collect bread tags, but look at what has happened! You may have times when you feel that it is not going to work and that's ok. You will learn that everything happens for a reason and you need to learn from them. For example, I didn't get the grant from Lady Gaga, Born This Way Foundation, but because of that, I found this wonderful platform. Thank you!

Our Updates:

Wheelchair giveaway

Danielle R. 21 May 2018 21:19 I had the most amazing experience today because of the generosity of Peace First.  I was able to give away a pediatric wheelchair to a little 7-year-old girl who has cerebral palsy.  She was finding it very hard to walk long distances and was in dire need of a wheelchair.  A customized wheelchair is in the works but it could take 9 months to receive it, and she needed something sooner.  When I walked into the lobby at the doctor's office we greeted her.  It was a surprise so she was quiet and stunned at first.  By the end of the visit, she was giggling and pushing around her "CHAIRbear" which we had given her.  All she wanted to do was to go home and show her family and friends.  She really figured out how to maneuver the wheelchair pretty quickly and the therapist said that is a great exercise for her arms.  All in all this was such an amazing and fulfilling day.  Thank you very much Peace First!

Comments:

Adrian B.
5 February 2018 10:53

Hi Danielle!

Thanks for posting this project! Access to mobility aids is a deep injustice that many people in the disability community face. I'm excited that you're taking a creative, environmental approach to addressing this need. Are you a part of the disability community, or are you working with disabled people to determine how to best serve them and prioritize what they need?

I'm excited to hear where you're at in this project--what are your current plans and next steps? Let us know how we can support you.

Best,
Adrian

Adrian B.
29 March 2018 20:23

Hi Danielle,

Just checking in about your project and the next steps. I wanted to make sure you are aware of the upcoming Mini-Grant Deadline - there is still time to remain eligible to attend a Peace First Challenge Accelerator if you complete your Compassionate Insight, Project Plan, and Mini-Grant application by March 31st.

We're excited about your work, and would love to be able to support it with a mini-grant of up to $250.

These tools can help you craft your insight, plan, and budget for your mini-grant:
https://www.peacefirst.org/understand-through-compassion
https://www.peacefirst.org/plan-your-project

Through your dashboard you can submit your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let me know how I can help!

Best,
Adrian

Danielle R.
31 March 2018 16:54

I am sorry I missed your comment. I have just finished my most recent event in which I created a world record and gave away 3 mobility products with it. That consumed a lot of time and didn't have time for much else. Now that the event is done I am concentrating on putting the word out about my organization. I have people involved from as far away as Reno. They are collecting bread tags for my foundation. I just want to spread my message. I am hoping the platform can help me with that. CHAIRish your bread tags, Danielle.

Adrian B.
2 April 2018 11:11

Hi Danielle,

That's awesome! I'm so impressed with your important work. One way you can share your work on this platform is by creating a story (peacefirst.org/stories). If you have picture or video (and permission to share it) you can add that to the story and then write up everything you told me. We'd be more than happy to share it on our networks when we have the chance! :D

Adrian B.
5 April 2018 14:55

Hi Danielle,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for some of our larger opportunities, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can help in any way!

Best,
Adrian

Fish S.
14 April 2018 0:02

Congratulations! Your project has been selected to receive a Peace First Challenge mini-grant. We will be in touch soon with details about this payment.

The mini-grant process is also a space for you to get feedback on your peacemaking project. We hope you will use this feedback to further strengthen your project. Please see the feedback on your mini-grant below.

Strengths:
Danielle, it's so awesome to see the work you've done already. As I mentioned, I love your original idea to work on two issues together -- sustainability and mobility! The work you've done bringing others together to run your first drives is amazing -- and it's awesome that now you want to expand. It sounds like you have the beginnings of a good strategy for this. I love your idea to involve others from across the US in the project -- I think it's great to get other people involved. We'd love to help with that! Are there any other pieces of the project (like creating media/marketing materials) where you'd like some help?

Things to Consider:
One recommendation that I would make is that you revise your compassionate insight so that it also reflects your work to increase mobility access! You and I both know how your project works, but it might not be clear to someone who reads your compassionate insight. I'd also love to hear more about how you're working collaboratively with folks who have disabilities and involving them in the project planning!

Congratulations and best of luck with your project!

Fish S.
6 June 2018 14:35

Hi Danielle!

Congratulations on finishing your peacemaking project! I’m on the Peace First team and wanted to say thank you for your amazing work and for taking time to share about your work.

Below you will find some feedback based on your Reflection, which we hope will help you to celebrate your incredible accomplishment and reflect on how to grow and develop your project in the future:

Danielle, THANK YOU for the work you're doing. What I love from your reflection is the depth of your care and compassion for the child you worked with - and the fact that you got people from all over the country involved in the bread tag campaign that made it possible.

I'd love to hear a little more about your most recent campaign to collect bread tags. How many did you end up collecting? How'd you reach out to enough people to collect SO MANY bread tags? Did you have people helping you? I ask because I think a really exciting piece of your project is your bread tag work - it's a unique way of taking on an environmental problem, and it's really inspiring how you've worked to bring together so many other people to help you collect your bread tags!

Sounds like you're going to be continuing this work as you go on to Purdue. Amazing! I love your vision for building a movement so that everyone knows to recycle their bread tags -- and when people can connect that simple action to a benefit (giving away mobility devices to those that need them), they'll want to join in! It seems like your biggest challenge (and you note this in your reflection) will be building a team that can support your work into the future. If you'd like, I'm happy to think with you about ways you can organize an awesome team - reaching out, helping match tasks to people's skills, and making everyone feel recognized.

One thing to think about, as you build your team, is how to reach out and include disabled folks - my colleague Adrian sent along an article on this that might help your thinking: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nothing-about-us-without-us-mantra-for-a-movement_us_59aea450e4b0c50640cd61cf

We're always here to support you. We hope you will stay in touch and keep us up to date as you continue your work to create change!

Fish