~TWO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS~
Ignite Music Magazine would like to thank Chad Moses for giving us the time to answer some questions about a great Organization that has been getting the word out through the music scene and through many other avenues throughout High Schools and College Campuses called To Write Love On Her Arms
Ignite – First off,..For the people that don’t know about TWLOHA and how it evolved..Who is the founder of TWLOHA?..And what made them start the organization for those that are not familiar with it ?
Chad – To Write Love on Her Arms began in 2006 as an attempt to help a friend and tell her story. There was no business plan or marketing model in our growth, but rather our existence is a testament to what can happen simply by sharing your life, living in the presence of others, and asking for help. Today, TWLOHA is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. We exist to encourage, inspire, inform, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Since our initial effort to help our friend, we have been able to read and respond to over 175,000 messages and give over $1.3million directly to avenues for treatment and recovery
Ignite – Second…,. Can you tell us a little about the organization? and How it got involved with the HOPE REVOLUTION TOUR and WARPED Tour and other Festivals?
Chad – Ever since we began, music has been at the heart of what we do. For us, it’s about meeting people where they feel most alive. Think for a moment of your favorite artist, or song, or album….It is likely your favorite because it reminds you of something true in your life. It helps you feel safe and more connected. Music is about relationships and sharing. There has never been a performance without an audience. Music reminds us that there are things in life worth singing about, worth screaming about, worth dancing about, and certainly worth sharing with one another. It turns out that we aren’t the only ones who believe that music is something more than the sum of it’s parts, and over the years, we have been able to foster amazing friendships with festivals and bands who have opted to share their stage with us in an attempt to help those they come in contact with. In short, these connections have worked best as friendships
Ignite – It seems like you are really involved in the music scene, how has that helped you guys get the word out about TWLOHA?..and are there other avenues that you are using to get the word out about the organization besides the music scene?
Chad – See above regarding the music bit…and like I mentioned, we want to be wherever people naturally come together. We are very present online and we have programs specific to High Schools and College Campuses. We hold educational seminars from time to time as well, and we have speaking events peppered all throughout the year. Beyond that, many people first heard about us through someone in their community wearing one of our shirts. We are what we are and where we are mostly because of folks like you spreading the word. While the shirts serve as one of our primary methods of fundraising, they are designed to create conversation as well
Ignite – There are rumors about a movie in the works or that has been made that hasn’t been released yet, any word on that?
Chad – We are definitely excited about the movie. While we didn’t write or produce the film, it was a project that was created by our friends and to honor our friends. It’s been an incredible and rare experience to see this vision grow and we are happy to announce that it is expected to be released in and around March 2015
Ignte – How can our readers get involved with To Write Love On Her Arm organization if they want to?
Chad – If you head over to twloha.com you will see a page titled “Get Involved.” There you will a whole bunch of ideas from planning a benefit event, to joining our Street Team, to applying to be an intern, and so much more. Our hope is work alongside you in a manner that will be most impactful with YOUR community, so you can also find some email addresses there that can help you key in on the best way to help out. Beyond that, these issues existed way before we did, and there have been amazing bodies of support to have sprung up over the years. We would encourage you to take a peek at our FIND HELP page (twloha.com/find-help) and familiarize yourself with some resources in your area
Ignite – If there was one think you would like to tell our readers about the organization what would it be?
Chad – We would tell you that we are glad you are here. Reading this. Showing up. Waking up. On the planet. We want you to know that you are not alone in anything that you are going through. We see it all the time, in messages, or speaking events, or festivals, or shows – people who have walked similar paths as you and have found some strength in community. Your recovery is worth it. Your life is worth it. It’s OK to not be OK, there is no weakness in asking for help. Throughout the tour, I’ve been saying that ever since you came into this world, I have not taken a breath without you in it. For all I know the world would stop spinning without you here. In short, we need you. Don’t give up
ignite – Where do you hope to see the TWLOHA organization 5 or even 10 years from now?
Chad – I think the hope for any non-profit is to eventually work yourself out of job. When we talk about things like depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide, then we are truly talking about people. We are talking about names and faces. These names and these faces need time and acceptance way more than they need money and programs. So in 5 to 10 years, we hope to still be inspiring conversations that can result in more people waking up the next morning. We hope to advance the conversation past Mental Illness and into Mental Health. We hope that these issues will become less taboo so that people can have easier access to the help that they deserve
Alright, I think we just about covered everything Chad. Again, We thank you and To Write Love On Her Arms for taking the time for this interview. You really represent you organization well. We really hope the interview really gets through to our readers to gets them to your site and even maybe get them involve to help with the people out there that need it the most.
Thank you !