Design is a powerful tool that can be used to support, advocate, and communicate with communities in need. As we sit here, a part of a community that is grieving and wanting to help one another, we ask how can a design community best do that? Supporting one another through design.
We propose a national call to help support our grieving community by creating cards that we can deliver to the Tree of Life Synagogue, the local Jewish Community organizations, the Police station, and the greater Pittsburgh Community, etc.
Spreading love, support, and providing art therapy to participants through this call to action.
Steps to help:
- Tell all your design friends, your coworkers, your classmates, and your professors. In times like these, the word of mouth can make the world of difference.
- Set up your file. We'll be printing on 4x6 cards. The back of the cards will have a message about our mission with this project. Follow this guide for help setting up. Don't forget to add your name and city!
- Save your file and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Acceptable formats being: PDF or JPG, with 300dpi at a maximum size of 4.25 x 6.25, 0.125 bleed with a 4x6 safe area. Save your file with your first and last name and the name of the event (i.e. JaneSmith_LoveYourCommunity). This will make it easier if we run into any issues. Submission deadline is November 26th, but we encourage early submissions.
- Be on the lookout for more. We'll keep you up to date through our social channels.
- Want to volunteer? There are multiple ways to volunteer for this event. If you're interested and want to know more, email email@example.com
Other ways you can help
The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has created a page on its website to make donations to the "Our Victims of Terror Fund." According to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh's website, the funds will be used to pay for psychological services, support for families, general services, reconstruction, additional security throughout the community, medical bills, as well as counseling and other services that may be needed in the future. This site can be found at: jfedpgh.org/our-victims-of-terror.
Donations to that same fund can also be made through the United Way's website. The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania will match donations made through this link up to $100,000. As of about 1 p.m. on Monday after the incident, more than $16,000 had been donated through this link. Here is the United Way link: app.mobilecause.com/vf/JFPGH
A GoFundMe page was established through the crowdfunding site's Certified Charity Campaign. As of about 1 p.m. Monday, that fund had raised more than $625,000 from almost 11,000 individuals. According to the site, these funds will go directly to the Tree of Life Congregation to help pay for physical damages to the building, as well as aiding survivors and the victims' families. Here is the GoFundMe link: www.gofundme.com/tree-of-life-synagogue-shooting
The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh also established a site collecting donations. This fund had raised just over $125,000 from almost 3,000 individual contributions as of about 1 p.m. on the Monday after the incident. The funds are designated to help with immediate, short-term needs of injured victims and grieving families.
A special thank you to those who have donated their time and efforts: