10 Reasons Why You Should Donate to Sea Change
1. Because generosity begets generosity. The more you give, the more there is to give. We live in abundance. I would be willing to bet that every person reading this blog can donate $10 without meaningful sacrifice.
2. Because you need to be part of Sea Change. I won't pretend that we can't do it without you. Mark and I agreed before launching our kickstarter campaign that this trip is going to happen, period. We will make it happen, regardless of whether we make our $3200. We've done it before and can do it again. However, you need to be a part of it! You need to be part of Lake Superior's story, part of our family story, part of the solution to climate change. It's good for you to join us.
3. Because Cedar and Lamar want to believe in you and make you things. Their prize offerings (see "rewards") are not empty promises. They are busy knitting, sewing, and beading. They want to be part of this and this is something that they can give that is of value to you.
4. Because you love us or believe in Sea Change. We are all inter-connected and when a piece of each of you goes out on Lake Superior with us, that collective energy will keep you connected to us.
5. Because, (in the words of my favorite coach, Nina Cooper Dewees,) "Every time you do something you are practicing to do it again." The only way I know of to practice generosity is to practice generosity. The world can be divided into the people who believe that they are the givers, and those who don't. Which category are you in?
6. Because a successful campaign will confirm that the universe does provide. We can and should pursue our particular niches in the world, the place where our greatest passions match the world's greatest need.
7. Because many of you have experienced many of the same things we have, at many of the same places--Gunflint Wilderness Camp, Red Wing ELC, OJC trips, Widjiwagan, St. Croix Girls Camp, Thistledew, Tresslercare, Amicus Inc., Soltreks...--you know how transformative a small-group experience can be, and you know that we are responsible for providing these trips to the next generation.
8. Because it puts the Internet to good use.
9. Because when the time comes that you, or your child or grandchild, need to ask for help, you will be depending on a large pool of people who give as a matter of habit.
10. Because, when we interviewed former crew members, we learned that the cost of these trips, or lack thereof, truly make or break the trip for a majority of them. Raising the costs of the trip is not an compromise that we are willing to make.
2 Reasons why you should not donate to Sea Change
1. Because you don't want us to esteem you less. If you are considering a donation because you are afraid of what someone will think of you if you don't, please don't! We may already be getting support from you in a myriad of other important ways. We know you are doing your best!
2. Because you are already doing enough. There is a point at which we can all take a deep breath and say, "I'm doing enough." And if that's where you are, thank you for all you do. In the words of my friend Lisa Dembouski, "Keep on keepin' on."