PROJECT SPREAD JOY

**A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED ITEMS FOR  PROJECT SPREAD JOY'S  HOLIDAY DONATION DRIVE**

Because of you, it was a huge success!!

ABOUT US

Project Spread JOY is a NC non-profit organization that "Joins Older Adults and Youth" via Phone or Mail for Sharing, Caring & Laughter. At its inception, Drake Griffith had this idea after the passing of his grandmother, Nana Helen. He realized there was a monumental need for social connection among older adults. Drake Griffith reached out to two of his life-long friends, Harrison Powe and Reilly Kungl, and they started and continue to manage the business together as partners. 

Through high goals and hard work, they have built Project Spread JOY into a nationwide community service venture with many impressive accomplishments to date:

  • 150 Volunteers

  • Over 6000 Letter Requests Fulfilled

  • 35+ Calls With Older Adults

  • 70+ Pen Pals Created

  • 11 States Reached

  • Donation Drives for Essential Hygiene and Personal Items for Seniors

Due to COVID-19, the need for social connection among older adults is greatly heightened:

  • With visitation restrictions, the family and friends of older adults in retirement communities cannot see their loved ones in person.

  • With limited technical knowledge, older adults cannot reach out and connect to people online like younger generations.

  • With lingering fears from the coronavirus, older adults are more frightened than ever before.

 

All of these reasons have contributed to Project Spread JOY's success.

 

Project Spread JOY has even farther-reaching intentions. As Drake Griffith, Project Spread JOY's founder, states:

"Project Spread JOY not only serves a positive purpose during

the current COVID-19 crisis, but it also serves to create lasting

cross-generational relationships long into the future. Being

able to build and maintain a relationship with a senior is

something that every young person should have an opportunity 

to do. The amount of wisdom and and advice that be

given from older generations is limitless."

 

SEASON 2 HIGHLIGHTS

BRONZE TIER VOLUNTEERS

(12-17 letters)

Kenzie bullins

Emma Sexton

Zachary Sexton

Lilly FIne

Paige Keene

Makayla Ciancanelli

ZachaRy Sexton

Hanani Dona

Tariana Williams

Caroline Chestnut

Heather duckworth

Pixi Hughett

AlexiS Krieg

Reilly Smith

Josie Navola

Katelyn Holter-Soerensen

Layne Gibson

Zoe Griffith

Kenzie Bullins

Toni WinNIker

Alexander Wu

Kennedy COx

Thomas Caffey

Brianna Colon

Melissa Remmey

Kennedy Flemiing

We are very excited to commence the start of our new season system! A season lasts three months. During those three months, we keep track of how many letters each volunteer writes. As the volunteer writes more letters, they move up in tiers. The tiers are as follows: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond. As the volunteer moves up in tiers, they gain more and more rewards! 

Season 1 has been a spectacular success, with over 2,000 letters sent out during its first two months! As Project Spread JOY continues to grow in popularity, our rewards will get bigger and our volunteers will have more fun! 

Due to its success, we put into place other initiatives. These include:

  • Increasing your season letter total through helping your friends become volunteers

  • Launching for-sale merchandise!

We will continue to expand and capitalize on Project Spread JOY's success, with many more ideas in the works!

 

MERCHANDISE

WE are happy to announce our BRAND NEW MERCH!

This has been in the works for a while now, and we are super excited to unveil all new different types of clothing, designs, and colors as apart of our first edition of Project Spread JOY Merchandise!

If you want to check it out, just click on the button labeled "Website" and it will take you to our merchandise is located.

All proceeds will go towards continuing to send these letters out to retirement homes.

For Season 2, we are working towards adding some items from the first edition Project Spread JOY Merchandise to the rewards! People will earn it through moving up the tier ladder.

CONTACT US

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to us using the below contact form! Just enter your name, email, and message and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

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