Monday, December 6, 2010

We Can Win This!

If you haven’t already heard, last month we came in 5th place in the Pepsi Refresh Project. That’s not too shabby being that we came all the way from the 294th place. Because we were so close, we get a second shot at winning $250,000 for the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF). Most previous winners took 2 months to gain the momentum to win the grant.

The great news I share with you today is that we’re starting out the month in the #1 slot! So we really need your help to vote everyday to stay in the lead, there are hundreds of organizations that are working together to bump us out of the winning spot, so every vote counts.

This is our chance to win. We can really do this! Vote everyday in the month of December.

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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 . 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
: 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:

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!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for posting about our efforts in this contest! CABF has joined forces with 9 other excellent projects who are competing in the $25K and $50K levels. We are committed to voting for each other and asking our supporters to make good use of the 10 votes they get each day for each of the voting methods - Facebook, text and on the Pepsi Refresh site.

    Please take an extra minute or two to vote for our partners! Just go to for the links and instructions. Your support is very much appreciated!!


    Nanci Schiman, MSW
    CABF Program Manager