[SLNP] Re: Nonprofits Digest, Vol 230, Issue 1

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Sun Jun 22 13:16:27 PDT 2008

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>   1. Ability Commons project proposal for the Annenberg Grant
>      needs your vote - Deadline JUNE 30 (Carol Perryman)
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> From: "Carol Perryman" <cp1757 at gmail.com>
> Subject: [SLNP] Ability Commons project proposal for the Annenberg
>        Grant   needs your vote - Deadline JUNE 30
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> As many already know, the Annenberg School is holding a competition for
> projects that promote the "common good" in real life and Second Life. The
> Health Support Coalition has submitted a proposal and is now a
> semifinalist.In a very exciting turn of events, the top 3 out of the 5
> semifinalists will
> get funding to support their plans - but we need your support now! Please
> go
> to and learn more (including our proposal) and then
> *VOTE<http://tinyurl.com/5c4vam>
> * for us! *Please note that the *deadline for voting is June 30.
> Q: Why do we believe that Ability Commons deserves your support?
> A: We believe in the power of peer support, and that those with
> disabilities
> and chronic diseases need and deserve a voice in this virtual world. With a
> vote for the Ability Commons project you are voicing your support for this
> community.
> Q: What will funding pay for?
> A: The Annenberg funding will pay for a new island, and for its setup. It
> will also pay for buildings so that each of the 40 support groups will have
> a space to meet, host events, and provide information. The Health Support
> Coalition intends to use 'off the shelf' buildings as much as possible in
> order to ensure that funds can be used where they are most needed - to
> support the community. However, we have no intention of compromising on the
> quality of support we give this amazing, growing community.
> Q: What will funding not pay for?
> A: None of the funding will be paid out to members of the Health Coalition
> for time we put into planning or administration. Time spent on this project
> is donated in full, with the possible exception of land and building
> design.
> Q: What is this 'Health Support Coalition,' anyway?
> A: The Health Support Coalition is a community of health support group
> leaders (more than 40 at present) begun by The Sojourner (sadly missed,
> every day), Gentle Heron (of Virtual Ability, Inc.) and Carolina Keats
> (coordinator for Healthinfo Island) in order to support health groups
> inworld. We created the Coalition to mentor new groups into being, extend
> our reach much farther as a combined group than we can do as individual
> groups, and to encourage collaboration for events. Just seeing a list of
> health support groups doesn't begin to convey the commitment, experience,
> caring, and knowledge that we know each support group leader brings to
> their
> efforts inworld.
> Q: We already support health groups - how is this different?
> A: For many groups, real life funding ensures that members find both
> real-life information resources and often, a space for meetings, displays,
> and events. But for so many others (perhaps half of inworld groups, though
> it's hard to know exact numbers here), the grassroots, global nature of the
> health community means that there is no funding unless it comes from
> members' pockets. SL participants who have disabilities or health
> conditions
> have a hard time finding each other, but when they do, the potential
> benefits of peer support are tremendous. Setting up a space like *Ability
> Commons* where collaboration can happen can multiply the benefits and
> amplify awareness for all SL participants about health conditions.
> Q: Why is this proposal a good bet?
> A: Those of us proposing this project collectively have demonstrated our
> commitment over several years wit activities and projects including, but
> not
> at all limited to:
>   - *Healthinfo Island*, which exists to support the entire SL community's
>   health questions with valid and current information;
>   - *The Accessibility Center* build, which boosts awareness of
>   disabilities and tools for accessibility;
>   - The *Dreams *community, which has a strong and extensive program of
>   activities for stroke survivors, those who are autistic, and more (much,
>   much more!);
>   - Virtual Ability, Inc., supporting the entrance into SL of those with
>   disabilities, and partner with the Alliance Library System in the new
>   Island, Virtual Ability;
>   - *Virtual Ability Island*, which is now taking shape next to Healthinfo
>   Island, our third grant-funded project, intended to provide orientation
> and
>   training to new residents with disabilities and chronic diseases;
>   - Outreach to support groups with information about activities and
>   informational support available;
>   - Events, such as the panel discussion on accessibility design in virtual
>   environments, Namav Abramov's talk on grassroots activism for those with
>   disabilities, and the World AIDS Day observation;
>   - Support of groups like the AIDS and HIV groups who now have a home on
>   Healthinfo Island;
>   - Classes and educational displays on breast cancer, health literacy,
>   AIDS/HIV and sexual health, diabetes, and much more.
> *Q: What happens after the 3-month grant period?
> *A: Actually, what happens *during* that period is more important, because
> from the start we'll need to actively seek other funding to sustain
> *Ability
> Commons*. Annenberg's objective is to help begin new initiatives, which
> must
> then be strengthened with funding from other sources. With a solid record
> demonstrating our abilities and inworld connections, we're a good bet for
> granting agencies, and believe our objectives constitute a substantial
> contribution to the common good.
> If you agree, please *VOTE <http://tinyurl.com/5c4vam>* now for this
> worthwhile project.
> Carolina Keats
> Coordinator, Healthinfo Island
> Second Life
> ...............
> Carol Perryman MSLIS
> TRLN Doctoral Fellow
> School of Information & Library Science
> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
> Research page: http://tinyurl.com/ymljs5
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