The only requirement to be an LTLC Social Media Ambassador is a Facebook account and the desire to make a difference. We provide post ideas and images and you use your connections to spread our reach and motivate everyone you know to make a small gift this summer. See below for everything you need.
SUMMER APPEAL IMAGES BANK FOR SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS
Summer Appeal Social Media Posts:
Title: Summer Appeal for Lowell Transitional Living Center
Timeline: June 15th-June 30th
Goal: use peer-to-peer fundraising to get as many people as we can from Facebook to donate $5-25 dollars on the campaign page
Donation page link: https://www.firstgiving.com/event/ltlc/Summer2018
~ Summer is a time to connect. Summer is a time to give ~
(You can add and use your own language if you’d like to, the more personal the better.)
> Intro: In the summer we think about vacations and more time with friends, but for people who are homeless it can be as stressful as winter. Will you make a gift to Lowell Transitional Living Center? They receive less attention this time of year but their clients still need our help.
> more detailed posts:A person with severe mental illness on a host of medications and living outside on a 90 degree day is in serious danger of stroke and severe sunburning. In the winter and holiday season giving is on all of our minds and the cold reinforces the need to help each other. In the summertime gifts to Lowell Transitional Living Center slow way down, but we still need you. Lowell Transitional Living Center receives funding from the government and foundations for many of their programs, but funding for actual day to day operations and even things like electricity and food – the things that make everything else possible – that is all because of gifts from individuals in the community.
> The $ appeal (you can choose which $ amount to promote, just pick based on what you think your friends would consider giving)
-$5 means a nutritious lunch and dinner for someone who is hungry
-$15 means a healthy bagged lunch every day for a week for someone living on the street
-$50 will fund someone’s first day at LTLC shelter (includes meals, an individual service plan, a bed, and room)
-$75 will buy someone dinner every night for a month
-$100 can save a life by providing two weeks in the emergency bed program (extra cots during bad/dangerous weather)
MORE POST IDEAS
>Short story post example:
People like Wayne move out of Lowell Transitional Living Center and into new homes every month. LTLC case managers even help them move and rent a moving van to pick up donations to furnish their new homes.
>Long story post:
(Here are a few you can pick and choose from) – could be paired with one of the faceless images
>>A 45 year old man with schizophrenia who was homeless for the first time and new to Lowell Transitional Living Center came to see the doctor at the drop in clinic they have on Monday nights. He had not seen a physician in many years because it made him anxious. His blood pressure was dangerously elevated, and he stated that he has had a family history of high blood pressure and stroke. He also had COPD for which he was using a borrowed inhaler. He had not taken any medications for several years. The clinic staff spent significant time getting to know him and building a rapport with him. At the end of the visit he agreed to start on blood pressure and inhaler medications, have a visiting nurse work with him to check his blood pressure between clinic visits, and get blood work needed to understand potential causes of the elevated blood pressure. The staff is hoping in time to encourage medication treatment for schizophrenia. This help is possible because of the stability and care that LTLC provides.
>>A 35 year old man was discharged from Tewksbury Hospital to Lowell Transitional Living Center after experiencing an anoxic brain injury post surgery to remove a tumor from his brain. He had been visiting the Lowell area from Texas, unaware of the tumor, and collapsed in a store which led to hospitalization and surgery. When he arrived at the shelter he had memory loss, forgetfulness, multiple periods of falling asleep during the day, and was unable to manage his medications (there were over 15 prescriptions) or his health. He had no primary care doctor in the area, no insurance, no money and no support system. Staff and volunteers were able to manage his medications and monitor his health. Volunteer nurses worked with him on understanding his health issues and prefilling medication boxes. Nurses worked closely with LTLC case management to make sure the client was safe while staying at the shelter. After several months he eventually returned to family in another state.
>>A 60+ year old woman with schizophrenia was dropped off at Lowell Transitional Living Center by her daughter after a visit had not gone well. The woman had taken the bus to the Lowell area from Georgia to visit her daughter and the daughter stated she could not care for her mom at that time. She was taking medication for schizophrenia and was alert and oriented but frail and thin, and she lost further weight while in the shelter. She had no doctor in the area. Case management was concerned about her safety and kept a close watch on her. She received medication management, refills, and overall health checks (she had very low blood pressure) for several months until she was finally able to arrange return to Georgia.