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Become a member of the Head & Hands Board of Directors!
Support our organization and community!
Head & Hands is looking for motivated, passionate people to run for election to our Board of Directors. We currently have one interim position available for a three-month term (March 2017 – June 2017), with possibility for re-election at our AGM in June 2017.
Who we are looking for:
We encourage all applications to our Board, and seek to create a balanced group to reflect the skills and priorities of our community. Head & Hands welcomes the unique contributions that youth (25 and under) bring to our organization, and invites these individuals to apply. We also encourage applicants to describe the unique contributions they, as individuals with diverse experiences, would bring to Head & Hands.
As an organization that works to facilitate social change and the empowerment of diverse communities of youth, Head & Hands recognizes that living under marginalization and oppression often brings both challenges and valuable skills and perspectives. People of color, people with disabilities, women, Two-Spirited, queer people, trans* people, and other candidates who experience marginalization are strongly encouraged to apply and to self-identify in your Board Candidate Profile. We are committed to a creating an organization as diverse as the communities we serve.
- Commitment to social justice and to our mission
- Willingness to participate in fundraising activities in a collaborative context
- Desire to work with a diversity of people on common goals
- Available for monthly evening Board meetings and ongoing committee work (total time commitment is approx. 8-10 hrs / month)
How to apply:
Please follow the link below!
Email email@example.com if you have questions
“[At J2K], we can get away from everything else. From school, from home, off the streets” – Julien*
When winter comes to Montreal, we tend to live our lives indoors.
At Jeunesse 2000 (J2K), the Head & Hands youth drop in centre, teens from Montreal between the ages of 12 and 17 can come together to escape the cold. Our Animators are on site to offer emotional support to youth on top of running activities including cooking, music composition, and basketball.
The basketball program at J2K is popular year-round, but in the winter time, when courts are snowed in, young people lose a place to spend their time after school, and spaces like J2K become even more essential. The J2K basketball program offers a secure, familiar, and warm(!) space to stay active throughout the winter months.
This holiday season, you can give the gift of vital group space for teens. Your support keeps toes warm and smiles on faces, because community shouldn’t stop just because there’s snow on the ground!
Click here for more information on how to donate!
Maybe you haven’t started thinking about holiday gifts, but these two pups have!
This holiday season, why not think about giving the gift of Head & Hands?
That’s right, our Give The Gift campaign is officially back! If you know someone who loves Head & Hands, or someone who would love Head & Hands if they knew a little more about us, this makes the perfect present! Instead of hours in a store looking for something “just right”, Giving The Gift shows you care about your loved ones, but also about your community’s youth! This year, we have a special card hand drawn and designed by youth artist Dillon, featuring a very festive wintry scene!
How does it work?
This year is a little different than usual: now, when you make a donation in honour of a loved one or friend, we mail them a card with a handwritten note straight from us, letting them know about the impact your gift had.
What kind of impact exactly? Well, here’s an idea of what a donation can do…
$15 provides 2 days of healthy food to a young family
$25 funds one counselling session with Rhonda
$50 covers the cost of 5 after-school tutoring sessions
$75 gives one sexual health workshop to a classroom full of youth
$250 puts our Street Workers in the community for 15 hours of outreach
$500 takes care of the bill for one week of our free medical clinic
No matter who is on the receiving end, there is nothing more satisfying than the goodness that comes from a donation being made in one’s honour! Ready to go? You can donate online here.
Head & Hands would like to extend our deepest sympathy, support, and love to the family of Darius Brown, who passed away last Thursday Nov. 17, 2016, in NDG. We would like to extend our support to his family, friends, and community. You are in our thoughts and our hearts.
Rhonda, our social counsellor, as well as members of our streetwork team are available to you should you need support in this difficult time. You can reach us at 514-481-0277
We are excited to announce that for a limited time (until quantities last) we will be offering drug-testing kits at Head & Hands!!
These kits allow you to verify the ingredients of a drug you got through a dealer or friends, so you can make a more informed decision about how and whether to take them. If you’d like to have more control over what substances you take, or are just curious about chemistry, come check them out! We will have tests for MDMA (ecstasy/molly), Ketamine/PMMA, Opiates, Heroine, and LSD available. We also have Heroine purity tests. You can find more information about the kits at their website here.
The kits will be sold for $5-$25 sliding scale through our streetwork program, and can be used up to 50 times each. If you are unable to pay $5 but would like a kit, you can also contact our street worker Sara at 514-377-9858 to make an alternate arrangement. Sara is also available to provide free needles, condoms, pipes, and other materials, and can listen when you need someone to talk to. More information about the street work program and other harm reduction services here.
As sad as we are to say goodbye to Gabrielle after six years at Head & Hands, we are also so pleased to welcome Charlie as our new Health Educator! Charlie is joining our team to lead our visioning process of the Sense Project.
Karaoke star queer weirdo raised by virgo lesbian moms in Montreal’s East side, Charlie completed an internship at the Center for Gender Advocacy last year. With a background in social work, he’s very excited to share his knowledge of sexual health, help us create social change, and lead the next chapter of strong, fierce sex-positivity at Head & Hands.
Ask him anything, especially about Céline Dion or gonorrhea; despite being only 24, he’s a huge Celine dork, and he thinks that everyone should get the chance to learn all there is to know about gonorrhea!
Today, we’re talking to our team about the importance of supporting Head & Hands’ unique youth health services through events like PARCours, which raises funds and awareness to support many Montreal groups working on research, prevention, and treatment of HIV/AIDS.
Hi hello, tell us about yourself!
My name is linda and I’m an info and referrals coordinator at Head & Hands, which means i’m usually the first point of contact for folks when they call / come into the office. We aim to foster an open, inviting environment for clients or visitors – making sure they feel comfortable when they come into the space.
i always win at belly-bump wars and i’ve only lost once
Why are you excited for PARCours?
It’s an initiative by and for our community(!) where we pool our expertise, energy, and resources for supporting those living with HIV/AIDS.
It’s stressful to do this every year, but also exciting, because our organization is funded by our members- everyday people; our friends, our families, and people who make up our community. We all make our efforts individually, and it culminates in a $25,000 revenue, which is a lot of money from a lot of people. it always fascinates and inspires me, how many people help support us.
What’s your plan for the big day?
Sleeping really well the night before so i have a lot of energy, and dressing in a bright, fun outfit. Even though i can’t dance i do a little bit of a shimmy.
How did you already raise $1000?!
‘Lil bit here, a lot there! I think i’m privileged to know people who are both generous and still able to contribute to my campaign.
I also organized an event that included an auction, where people volunteered their services for the cause! People were really into it. They liked where the money was going, but it was more than that: they liked getting directly involved and supporting us either non-monetarily, or through investing in something for themselves, while giving. It was really successful!
There you have it — some great words of wisdom and encouragement from Linda, a fundraising – and all around – super star who was also voted best Best Dressed*~ in Ça Marche last year.
With PARCours only 19(!!) days away, the Head & Hands team is in full swing training– stretching, flexing, picking out our perfect neon outfit ensembles, and of course, reaching out to you – wonderful weberverse!
**We’ve raised $2,530 so far with your support** Let’s keep the momentum going!
This week, we are sharing helpful ideas and tools to support *you* joining the journey with us.
Thinking about becoming a participant but need a boost of PAR-Courage? We’re here for you!
We know that asking close networks of friends and family for money can feel awkward. At the same time, the beauty of peer-to-peer fundraisers is how personal they are. Let your networks know why *you* care about HIV AIDS activism and Hand & Hands’ Health Services – enthusiasm is contagious!
E.g. Do they know that Head & Hands believes in health care for all?
This year, we collaborated closely with Médecins du Monde, a health clinic for people without status: 642 youth accessed our Medical Clinic- including 103 youth without health care, and 53 youth without status. Health care and rapid HIV testing are crucial services that we believe everyone has a right to access – with or without papers.
Ever donor will get a Head &Hands thank you card and newsletter!
Another great tool for getting people excited about supporting you is offering… incredible incentives!
Offering donors perks by amount of money donated, or as they help you reach milestones of your fundraising goal can be great (and fun) motivators.
Here’s a list of amazing incentive ideas from H&H staff to help get you more and more inspired:
- Writing each donor a poem
- Sing a song for each donor who donates x amount
- Tea party or 5-a-7 for donors
- Donors voting for a new hair colour
- Donors voting for pieces of your PARCours costume / outfit
- Dressing up in a cupid costume and handing out condoms at McGill
- Personal shopping or consulting session
- Hosting a musical event or workshop
- Fulfilling your internet celebrity dreams making motivational workout videos at each fundraising milestone
It’s better together! Consider teaming up with others to turn your fabulous fundraising dreams into reality:
- Busking with friends & coworkers
- Selling drawings or doing tattoos
- Selling soap (or other homemade goods!)
- Getting donations (gift cards, items, etc.) and then raffling them off and donating the money
- Setting up an “auction” at your next event/party for services
So much amazing content! What emerged that’s key is: tapping into your hobbies, skills, fave activities, and using them to inspire your campaigning!
Check out the personal fundraising pages on our CanadaHelps for further inspiration – search for “Head and Hands” under ‘Find a Team’.
Bubbling with ideas? Sign up as an individual or as a team (teamwork makes the dream work) and write up your own!
Considering donating? Giving in support of HIV AIDS communities and resources is a gift in and of itself(!), BUT having the golden opportunity to make your friend dress up as cupid and bless the world with condoms is pretty priceless too!
Want to JOIN our Parcours team? Sign up HERE!
Want to DONATE to an individual or H&H as a whole? Donate HERE!
Want to HELP / HANG OUT with us on October 2nd? Please do! We are seeking BBQ and Harm Reduction volunteers, AND people to eat snacks with us! Email Cinder at firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook Event (invite your friends!)
Sign up for our super pretty and helpful PARCours mailing list by emailing Richenda at email@example.com
We will be hosting our AGM on July 4th 2016 at 5:30pm in the old wading pool in beautiful Girouard Park. Theres lot’s on the agenda- we will tell you about the year we had, exciting plans for the future, we will vote in new board members, and we will be proposing a number of bylaw changes! We are going to need your input and help! The proposed changes document is long, and text heavy, so please take a look at them before the AGM. If you would prefer to talk them through rather then read them, that’s no problem- just get in touch and we’d be more than happy to chat. Of course, you should also get in touch if you have any questions.
Thanks! See you on the 4th of July, if not sooner!