In this month’s edition of Right on Time, we’re debuting our partnership with filmmaker Eric Christiansen and EC Productions to launch “unMASKing HOPE,” a full-length documentary that follows a diverse group of trauma survivors who don masks to hide spiritual and emotional pain. Survivors share stories of hope, healing and inspiration. The film is scheduled for release on national public media in October 2022, in support of World Mental Health Day. Give an Hour launched a website complete with helpful resources and is hosting two webinars with survivors sharing their stories and mental health providers offering tools for healing.
Partnerships such as this one are inspirational and what nonprofit work is all about. Eric created this film to shed light on the importance of people who suffered severe traumas and, despite everything, prevailed with hard work and support. To ensure those who watch the film have the necessary resources to address emotions that may arise, it was important to Eric that he partner with an organization able to rise to the challenge and provide appropriate resources and opportunities for discussion. And Give an Hour was more than happy to oblige. Our relationship is a testament to the power of true collaboration when individuals and organizations are put on the same path to provide help and hope.
In other news …
Give an Hour would like to take a moment to introduce three new staff members who recently joined our organization: Sonja Chapman is the program manager for the Rare Caregivers program and Molly Maurer is a program coordinator and peer lead for our Route 91 Heals TIPS Peer Support project — they are each based in California. Kim Antley is the communications coordinator for Give an Hour’s new communications and public relations team and she is based in Texas. If you’d like to learn more, please visit their individual profiles on our staff page.