A Peacemaking Project by Max W.

What is the injustice we are solving?

The organization I founded, PuzzlesToRemember, distributes puzzles to nursing facilities that care for Alzheimer's and dementia patients. Over 82,000 puzzles have already been distributed to almost 5,000 facilities worldwide. As part of this nonprofit organization, we have developed specialized therapeutic puzzles for Alzheimer's patients. Individuals with Alzheimer's are easily frustrated, and it is important for any person to be able to feel a sense of accomplishment. Our puzzles do this. Another part of our program involves bringing puzzles to nursing facilities and interacting with residents there. We are currently arranging for some girl scout troops to bring puzzles to facilities in the NYC area and interact with the residents. Both the residents and the students benefit greatly from this interaction. To help support these efforts, I have written a book explaining Alzheimer's Disease to children, http://amzn.to/2pdTR9c. This book has been translated into 11 languages and proceeds have helped with the distribution of puzzles. A number of puzzle manufacturers regularly donate their overstock to PuzzlesToRemember. In fact, we are expanding the number of puzzle manufacturers who are donating puzzles. We are in need of additional funding to distribute these puzzles, as well as cover any costs involved in arranging for girl scout troops to participate in our projects. My associate director and mentee, is a 10 year old girl in NYC who has become increasingly involved in these efforts.


RaulPF C.
26 December 2017 10:13

Thanks for sharing your project, Max. I love how you are already working to mentor other young people to support you in your work. In addition to funding, what are other areas where you need support? You can access your project dashboard at https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/puzzlestoremember/dashboard you will find the different steps you can complete.

Fish S.
31 December 2017 16:44

Max, thanks for posting! This is a really powerful project -- and love how you've brought others to be part of a solution.

82,000 is a lot of puzzles! What do you think has driven your success? What secrets, tips, and ideas can you share with other young people?

Most importantly -- what is the next step of your work, and how can we help?

Adrian B.
29 March 2018 20:18

Hi Max,

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:

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!


Adrian B.
5 April 2018 14:02

Hi Max,

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 for the Accelerator 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!