Have you heard of the latest epidemic? It’s infecting a large number of people over an even larger area. Word has it that it has spread to 90 countries. Luckily, they have identified the source; it’s called Positivity Nation™. A Maine based non-profit, Positivity Nation™ was established just over a year ago by Lanette Pottle. The mission of the non-profit is to create a world-wide epidemic of positivity…one small act at a time.
For Lanette, positive action takes many forms. She shares positive thoughts on her website (http://www.positivity-nation.com) and Facebook page but she is also very active in her community. She has a particular passion for working with youth and has taken Positivity Nation™ into her local elementary school. In 2011, in celebration of the one year anniversary of Positivity Nation™, Lanette announced the creation of The HAPPY Grant (Helping & Acknowledging Positive, Purpose-led Youth) a funding program for youth ages 12-17 in Washington County, Maine who desire to make a difference in their communities.
To kick start The HAPPY Grant program, Lanette turned to Designs By Lucinda. She discovered Designs By Lucinda while visiting a local business that had the pins on display. She was quickly drawn to the beauty of the pins but more so, she was moved by the story included on the pin card. She thought it was brilliant marketing to attach the pin to a card that shares Lucinda’s story from homelessness to successful entrepreneur, helping thousands of non-profits worldwide. After reading the story, Lanette thought that the pins were a perfect fit for her cause – the same values and a very similar mission to make a change, one small act or pin at a time. She placed an order for 40 Butterfly Pins to help raise money and credibility for Positivity Nation™ and specifically The HAPPY Grant program.
The HAPPY Grant was launched following a pilot classroom program where students were asked how they would use $10 to make the world a better place. With financial help from her facebook friends, she facilitated the execution of 15 student-led projects that helped veteran homes, nursing homes, food banks, animal shelters and the Special Olympics fund for The Beckett Center , a day program in a neighboring city. (…a must read article on two passionate 8th grade boys who developed a basketball event to raise money for the Special Olympics Beckett Bombers Link).
Lanette relies not only on monies raised through pin sales to support this program, but from donations that are made to Positivity Nation™. She receives a great deal of exposure through her website, word of mouth and her Facebook page. In a year’s time she has over 4700 fans! We asked Lanette if she had ever thought about what would happen to Positivity Nation™ and The HAPPY Grant if every Facebook fan purchased just 1 pin to support her program. There was a pause on the other end of the phone and then she replied “that’s an interesting thought”. Perhaps in the moment of hesitation, she was processing what over $75,000 would do to create Positivity….
How you can help.
The beneficiary of Fundraising Friday on June 24th is Positivity Nation™ and The HAPPY Grant. Positivity Nation™ will receive 30% of all individual sales placed on Designs By Lucinda’s website this Friday. Please share this with everyone you know. Let’s all do our part to help! Together we can Change the World One Pin At A Time! Please Share, Care & Give!