AAS has launched a nationwide fundraising campaign called "A Million Voices" (AMV) to benefit survivor services.
The concept is simple: to raise $1 million, $1 at a time, from one million people across the country.
Volunteers who participate in the campaign carry wallet-sized cards developed by AAS, and ask potential donors for a $1 contribution for suicide prevention. Donors receive the card in return, which includes warning signs for suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, and information about AAS.
Basic information about each donor is written on a tear-off tab that is returned with contributions to the AAS central office.
AMV was pilot-tested in several states and proved to be an easy way to provide awareness information and to generate funding for survivor services. AAS plans to assist with the formation of new Survivor Support Group throughout the country, to develop and disseminate printed materials for use by Support Group facilitators, and to provide scholarships for survivors to attend the annual Healing After Suicide Conference.
The campaign may be conducted in any state where AAS is registered as a charitable organization (see below).
AAS is seeking a statewide organizer from each state where the campaign is conducted. The state coordinators, with assistance from the Central Office, recruit volunteers to take AMV to their communities, then oversee the return of tabs, contributions and unused cards to AAS.
Interested in becoming a state coordinator or AMV volunteer? Contact us.
States in which A Million Voices is registered:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Registration pending in South Carolina and Rhode Island.