Tuesday, December 21, 2010

SOS!!!


The Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF) has dropped to the number 3 spot, which means that they’re no longer in a position to win $250,000 from the Pepsi Refresh Project. Only the top 2 places win the money, so all we need to do is get our votes in to get us back in the lead by the end of the month to win. Please vote everyday, this organization makes such a huge difference for so many families that are suffering. Also, with the bad economy, many programs once available no longer exist, so this organization is vital to my family and thousands more. Please vote today!


Here are the details:

CABF is competing for a $250,000 grant from The Pepsi Refresh Project during the month of November. The winners will be decided by popular vote. CABF needs your three votes EVERY DAY this month!

Voting all three ways; follow the two links below and text from your cell phone.

Vote Online
: Go to http://www.refresheverything.com/CABFhelpsmorekids . This will take you to the CABF Pepsi online voting page. Click "Vote for this Idea". Register once and then you are all set.

Vote on Facebook
http://tiny.cc/cabfhelpsmorekids. The first time you vote via Facebook, you'll be asked for permission to access your information. Click "Allow". This will take you to the Pepsi Refresh Vote & Share application. You will see CABF's project below the search bar. Click "Vote for this Idea". (After you vote, be sure to click "share this idea" to encourage your friends to vote for us on Facebook. Do this every time you vote!) Note: If you don't see our project, search for "CABF".

Text your Vote
: Text 104174 to PEPSI (73774) (Normal text rates apply).

Winning a $250,000 Pepsi Refresh grant would truly transform CABF's ability to provide support, information and hope to thousands more families. Thank you for your support.

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Overview of how the grant would be used:

Goals:
Expand awareness of depression & bipolar disorder in youth
Educate parents about symptoms and treatments
Enlighten the public about teen suicide
Eliminate the stigma associated with childhood mental illness
Extend hope to families raising children with a mental illness

Youth depression and bipolar is seldom discussed. It affects 7% of all children in the U.S., yet only a small fraction receive treatment. We plan to launch an outreach campaign to inform parents about the symptoms of mood disorders and how to find help. The outreach will be accomplished via:

-Detailed Communication Plan

-Online ads

-Bi-weekly webinars

-Weekly podcasts

-Daily social networking

-150,000 brochures & 3 mailings to psychiatrists

Experienced CABF staff members will coordinate the webinars, podcasts and volunteer training. Our trained volunteer corps of 100+ around the US are ready to assist new families and youth who reach out to us in crisis. CABF has the capacity to refresh the lives of so many more youth!

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