"Brave Heart Volunteers is like oxygen for our family."
-Family of a BHV care recipient
Be the oxygen. Support Brave Heart Volunteers.
After making a donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
to let us know if you are:
donating in memory or in honor of someone. If you would like us to send a note to the family to inform them of your gift, please include their name and address.
donating to a certain fundraiser or providing a Corporate Sponsorship for a BHV event.
Thank you for your generosity!
An Appeal from the Executive Director
Dear Friends of Brave Heart Volunteers,
I recently read a poignant quote by author Dr. Joanne Cacciatore: “If you simply cannot understand why someone is grieving so much, for so long, then consider yourself fortunate that you do not understand.” I believe the same can be said of anyone who is suffering, whether from grief, loneliness, untold loss, chronic pain, or terminal illness. Unfortunately, these are concerns our organization encounters every day among the people we serve—your own neighbors and fellow Sitkans. In fact, Brave Heart Volunteers exists because twenty years ago, two nurses and a dedicated group of community members desired to provide compassionate care and companionship to those in such need.
As a nonprofit, BHV is unique in that we are not looking for a cure or for ways to eradicate a problem. Rather, we are tending to unavoidable matters of the human condition, things that all of us will experience at some point: death, loss, grief, illness, pain, and loneliness. As a heart-based organization, our aim is to alleviate the suffering of others by providing social and emotional support during some of the most challenging times of their lives. We recognize that people need to be seen and heard, to know they matter, and they’re not alone in their pain. Our volunteers yield to those needs; they stop long enough to truly see, listen, walk alongside, and serve others with kindness.
If you think about it, BHV is like a flashlight—a light for others in
their darkest moments. Quite often, people don’t give much thought
to a flashlight or entirely appreciate it until it’s needed, but we all hope
it’s there and fully functional when we do. For BHV to be fully functional,
we need batteries, namely financial support. For two decades now, we
have provided services without charge to our community. However,
while our services are free, they come with costs, and given the
current economic climate, we are finding it difficult to raise the funds
we need to meet our annual operating expenses.
Today, we invite you to become a “battery” for BHV, to safeguard our ability to be a light for others, so we can continue to be responsive when called upon. Would you consider making a financial contribution to our 20th Anniversary Campaign? Your generosity is not a gift to our organization; your gift ultimately passes through us to our care receivers, to Sitkans who are most in need of lovingkindness and fellowship. As Colette Nelson of Ludvig’s Bistro said about a recent fundraiser they hosted for BHV, “Thank you for giving us a deeper purpose. Supporting those who support others feels so good.” We could not have said it any better.
Thank you for making a donation to BHV today. Your financial support helps us to continue helping others. You can contribute here.
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT BHV
Would you like to recognize a friend or neighbor? The Flamingo Flock is a FUNdraiser for Brave Heart Volunteers and a great way honor Sitkans show make our community a better place!
To honor your friends, simply make a donation to Brave Heart Volunteers and the flock will land in their yard with a special message from you. After a period of enjoyment, they'll fly away to the yard of the next Flamingoed friend!
So pass on the love and let your friends know they have been Flamingoed for Being of Brave Heart in our community!
Make a Qualified Charitable Distribution
Want to make a lasting impact and save money on your taxes? If you are at least 70-1/2 years old, a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) is a meaningful way you can support Brave Heart Volunteers and save on your taxes. A QCD is a direct transfer of funds from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to a qualified nonprofit organization like BHV. The amount transferred to BHV is applied toward your required minimum distribution and is not taxable to the IRA owner, up to $100,000. To learn more about qualified charitable distributions, please visit the IRS Website. Thank you for supporting Brave Heart Volunteers!