In early 2018, the Charles H. Nutt Fund challenged Southern New Hampshire Health to raise $125,000 for Behavioral Health Services and promised to match every dollar raised up to that amount. Motivated by the possibility of securing as much as $250,000 to benefit behavioral health, SNHH launched the Give Hope campaign in November, 2018.
Thanks to the generosity of individual and corporate donors who gave amounts ranging from $1 to $5,000, the Give Hope campaign has raised over $89,000 since its launch. These funds have been raised primarily through two initiatives: Walls of Hope and Boxes of Hope.
37 local artists created 41 pieces of original art conveying a message of hope for Walls of Hope. All of the art can be seen in the Art of Hope digital gallery.
19 of these pieces were sponsored by donors at the Walls of Hope Donor Brunch in January.
Three were then selected by donors to be recreated into larger, canvas-based murals.
In time, the Walls of Hope canvases and murals will be displayed throughout SNHH properties for patients, visitors, and employees to enjoy!
Many $100 donations were made for Boxes of Hope. Each Box includes items like a journal, stuffed animal, personal hygiene products, and a pair of fuzzy socks. The first sets of Boxes were distributed to patients receiving inpatient treatment in the Behavioral Health Unit during Christmas and on Valentine’s Day with the goal of providing comfort to individuals whose treatment coincided with the holidays.
Every Box of Hope also includes a collection of Messages of Hope, which are notes of support and encouragement from community members. To date, we have collected nearly 150 unique notes from a variety of individuals, including young children at a recent Health & Wellness Fair and a group of older adults at SNHH’s Senior Suppers. Writing a Message of Hope is the easiest way to Give Hope to a patient done at any time!
Though we are well on our way to meeting the Nutt Fund’s $125,000 challenge thanks to the generosity of our participating artists, local businesses, community members, and SNHH employees, we aren’t at the finish line yet!
Contribute to SNHH’s commitment to giving hope and healing to patients receiving behavioral health services by clicking here to donate today!