We see our community as “Empowerment Artists,” and there is no such thing as failure. We’ve already begun with success by being artists already. Together, let’s make beautiful and important empowerment art on our journeys forward after brain injury.
News: Superheroes Unite November 27, 2018
The Mission: To give back and give a hand up to the superheroes of the brain injury community.
It’s never too early to get superhero-ready for giving back.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is pleased to announce our participation in Giving Tuesday 2018.
What is Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is held on the last Tuesday of November and is an international day of giving back. This year, Giving Tuesday will be held on November 27, 2018.
In 2017, BEST was honored to be a chosen as a feature story on the Giving Tuesday website. We had the unique opportunity to share our superhero mission and vision of empowerment for the brain injury community with the entire world!
This year, we are eager and absolutely thrilled to share the powerful and energizing stories of BEST superheroes, their caregivers and their families.
It is those superheroes who have taken control of their recoveries, their treatments and their lives. Not only do these empowered superheroes strive to live their best lives possible, they are also at the ready to support and give a hand up to fellow superheroes on their journey forward, too.
Stay tuned to this space for more special announcements to come.
Who: Diane Rasch, real-life superhero.
What: Discovering empowerment, new dreams and hope after brain injury.
When: Since 2013.
Where: The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST).
How: Diane began her superhero journey of empowerment in 2013 through BEST peer support groups and educational and social programs. Along the way, Diane discovered new passions, dreams and goals after her brain injury. With the support of her family and BEST friends, she pursued her new life with energy and determination.
Today, Diane is a thriving working artist and the owner of Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity, a handcrafted-cards and paper crafts company. Her work has been featured throughout the Pacific Northwest and parts of the Midwest. It’s through her small business that she shares her mission to touch the lives of others and make each customer feel special.
Not only does Diane make people feel special through her art and her business, she gives back in other ways, too. Diane serves as BEST’s Gratitude Specialist, sharing her time, talents, love and art with other survivors and their families. Diane and her husband, John, are also proud BEST Superhero Society members, a special superhero team of monthly givers who help support BEST’s empowerment programs and services.
And speaking of empowerment, what does empowerment mean to this superhero?
Diane credits BEST’s Identity and Moving On program for helping to shape that answer.
“I really believe that Moving On gave me empowerment,” she says. “I was able to figure out my dreams, which was doing more with art and honoring people. I learned that yes, I can do this, and the program gave me the confidence to get started.”
Diane continues, “I have a saying: I like to give honor where honor is due. Here at BEST, people are always encouraged, honored and supported. They’ve been there for me for all these years.
I’m always blown away with how respectful, caring and special BEST is. Sometimes I just sit back and hear how BESTies encourage each other. It’s so neat to hear. We laugh. We cry. We have fun. We face challenges. Yet, BEST brings hope. BEST is a family.”
As for Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity, to Diane, it’s more than a business, it’s a ministry.
“I love to encourage others and let them know how special they are. For me, it’s more than just making things. I get to connect with people, hear their stories and bring some encouragement and joy to their lives. That really means something to me.”
Why: Giving Tuesday, the international day of giving back to causes that make a difference, is on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, and we invite you to become a BEST member to support people like Diane. Membership is the BEST, easiest and fastest way to support and empower the brain injury community and their families.
Did you know that 25 BEST members can help provide the following?
- Mentors for individuals with brain injury.
- Course materials for our Empowered Self futures planning classes and other PEER support programs.
- Educational, enrichment and socialization opportunities for individuals with brain injuries and their families.
- Scholarships for survivors for the annual Washington State TBI conference.
- Transportation costs for survivors to attend support group meetings.
- Online training and networking opportunities for support group facilitators.
BEST memberships are safe, secure, tax-deductible and have some terrific benefits! Plus,memberships are tailored to fit what’s BEST for you.
Prefer to donate? That’s SUPER! You can do that right here, right now, by clicking here. Thank you!
As an organization built by and for people with brain injury and their families, our empowerment is our most important superpower that we can use to change the world.
Join us today by clicking here and help us reach our membership goal of 25 new members to help us empower other superheroes like Diane to soar to new heights.
Ready. Set. Energize!
Many thanks for your support today and every day.
It’s almost time to celebrate! Tomorrow, November 28, 2017, superheroes from all over the world will team up on Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday), the international day of giving, to help support and empower superheroes of the brain injury community to soar to new heights!
Never fear, the superheroes are near!
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The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement, pledges to empower and support the brain injury community and their families of Washington State and beyond.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE University Place, WA November 15, 2017 – The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. The BEST #GivingTuesday mission is to engage, energize and empower the brain injury community and their families and help them soar to new heights in their lives. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
BEST has joined #GivingTuesday to continue to build on our superhero mission of supporting and empowering the real-life superheroes of the brain injury community, their caregivers and their families in Washington State and beyond. BEST is unique in that the organization’s leadership and services are built by and for individuals with brain injury. Through BEST’s robust peer support, educational, socialization, advocacy and support opportunities, the organization provides the tools, skills and strategies for brain-injured adults to live the BEST lives possible. Our #GivingTuesday aim to is build brain injury awareness and bolster our superhero team of supporters through a variety of convenient, easy and secure BEST membership options.
“This is an amazing opportunity for BEST to share our message of empowerment to a broad audience and supporting an incredible global initiative at the same time,” says BEST Executive Director, Gloria Kraegel. “The special part of this is that Giving Tuesday is about ‘think global, support local’ and it’s exactly what BEST is so good at; supporting our superheroes in their local areas.”
Those who are interested in joining the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST)’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit brainenergysupportteam.org. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.
About the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST)
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST), is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2008. The mission of BEST is to provide support, advocacy, public awareness, education and socialization opportunities to individuals with a brain injury and their families. BEST provides support to over 70 brain injury support groups in Washington State.
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