Join Us For C'mon Detroit! | October 1st-5th, 2017

photo: @teamwoodnote

photo: @teamwoodnote

We are so thrilled to announce that C'mon Team! will officially be heading to DETROIT in October for our next volunteer event! Planning is under way and we seriously can't wait. 

We're seeking volunteers with skills in photography, Squarespace design, graphic design, and video to team up with us to give back to nonprofits in a big way.

Interested in being a part of it? Click here to sign up!

Join us! We can't wait!

28 Ideas for Giving Back to Your Community | #DoGooderMay

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check out #dogoodermay on Instagram to check out our community's posts!

Just like that, May is almost gone, and all month long we've been encouraging our c'mon community to make an extra effort to give back to their communities. We're entering the final week of #DoGooderMay and have come up with 28 ideas ways to give back that you can fit into your already-busy week. Each idea takes between 10-80 minutes, so we hope they'll be do-able, no matter how full the calendar already is. 

28 WAYS FOR BUSY PEOPLE TO GIVE BACK RIGHT NOW:

  1. Educate yourself on the problem your favorite nonprofit is trying to solve, and watch their ABOUT video. For bonus points, text 3 friends about what you discover and spread the education even further. Awareness is everything! This should take 15 minutes, max.

  2. Share about your favorite nonprofit or cause on social media. Tell your community why it matters to you. This should take 5 minutes, max.

  3. Write a note of gratitude to the founder of your favorite nonprof. They’re busting their butts every single day, so let’s tell them we see them and why we love them so much! Then, actually mail it or hit 'send' on the email. This should take 20 minutes, max.

  4. Donate a one-time donation of $10 to your favorite nonprof and make your own smoothie or cocktail at home today. This should take 8 minutes, max.

  5. Sign up for the Goodnewsletter and post about it on Facebook and / or Insta. Every Tuesday, you’ll get an email with 5 good things happening in the world. It’ll make your week! Commit to actually reading this email when it lands in your inbox. This should take 5 minutes, max.

  6. Give blood! Donating blood through the Red Cross take about an hour, and literally gives life! You can write emails while you wait, or better yet, chat with someone and make their day. This should take 80 minutes, max.

  7. Do a wave of spring cleaning and instead of selling your things online, donate your clothes to your local shelter. This should take 80 minutes, max.

  8. Volunteer by speaking at a local school.

  9. Meet with a local creative who looks up to you.

  10. Reach out to three people who have impacted your life and tell them how much you appreciate them.

  11. Start recycling and or making more planet-conscious choices when buying household products.

  12. Donate a session to a non-profit’s silent auction.

  13. Self-love! Treat yourself to a massage or yoga or ice cream and/or all the above!

  14. Go vote! There’s probably a local election in your area sometime this month! Make your voice heard and go vote! And if there’s not an election, read and get informed about an election/candidates being voted upon soon!

  15. Donate a percentage of your income [for a week/month/year] to your favorite charity. We love Justice Rising and the way they are building schools in conflict zones around the world like Iraq, Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo!

  16. Plan a Volunteer abroad. Seek out opportunities through organizations like United Planet and GVI.

  17. Challenge yourself to share only positive news on social media for a week.

  18. Step up your hug game. Be generous with your hugs by extending them to 20 seconds or longer in order to give and receive a nice oxytocin flow!

  19. Notice someone begging for money or food on your way to the grocery store? Pick up extra peanut butter + jelly ingredients for them. Ask them how they’re doing and how you can support.

  20. Small gifts as a way to say “I see you.” Bake cookies, buy a cheery balloon, or pick up a coffee tab for a person in your life who is having a rough time. Little acts of kindness can feel big in the moment.

  21. Write down a list of things you’re good at and what you’re passionate about. Then write down a list of your concerns for the future. Where those things merge is where you can find your own ideal method of giving back.

  22. Be a Peacemaker: make peace with a person in your world, with whom there's been a disconnection with in the past. Call 'em, be loving.

  23. Write a Note: write out a note to each of your neighbours, encouraging them and reaching out, then drop it off in their letterboxes. Can be anonymous if you want, but signing it and making it personal also leads to better connections.

  24. Pay it Forward: go to a restaurant or diner for a meal, pick out a table, and pay for their bill. Write a note saying something like, "I decided to gift you your meal today, just because life is better when we give. I hope you know you matter. If you feel inspired by this, feel free to pass along this type of giving sometime soon. Much love, Giver." give the note to the waiter so he can pass it on to the patron.

  25. Donate Your Skills: identify someone who could really use what you 'do', reach out to them and gift it, no strings attached.

  26. Watch the Meter: next time you go somewhere where you have to street park, leave the house 15 minutes early. When you park and pay the meter, walk down the street with extra quarters and fill any meters that are running out - just because.

  27. Feed! Get together with some friends and make some food together that is transportable, like sandwiches. Go to the part of town where you know you will find displaced persons and offer them a free meal together.

  28. Make A New Friend. Get personal, put yourself out there, go find someone on the street who seems hungry, may be even down and out, and ask if they'd like to join you for a meal on you at a nearby diner.

Are you inspired by any of these ideas? Follow along and share your experience by using the hashtag #dogoodermay. We'll be posting about things we're up to, and also hearing from some of our C'mon veterans who have volunteer stories and experiences to share with us and inspire us all. Happy giving!

Getting Real | C'Mon Team Takes Seattle!

Story Written By: Sabrina Hounshell

This is the true story of fifteen (mostly) strangers, picked to live in a house, work together at nonprofits and have their hearts shaped, to find out what happens when creatives put their skills to the test... and produce content that’s the real deal.

This is our version of the Real World: C’Mon Team Takes Seattle!

As the doorway of our Airbnb filled with suitcases, camera bags and pelican cases there were cheers of arrival, hugs and introductions.

The kitchen counters were stocked with sugary treats, a bottle (or three) of bourbon, the fridge stocked with beer and every milk option imaginable- so the kitchen became the magnetic gathering point as everyone got to know each other. Icebreakers came naturally as we shared stories that ranged from where we’re from to personal breakthroughs that happen from being naked in public. True Story. We rallied until all our members arrived!

We all bonded over amazing sandwiches and cookies from HomeGrown on the trails of Discovery Park for dinner. As we took in the incredible sunset views of the Salish Sea, we convinced a stranger to take a group photo of us and started our “we’re a big group of snapchatters” game strong with selfies and mini photo shoots.

Back at the house that night we found out our non-profit pods and projects, got paired up with a buddy to check-in with for the week and got to work auditing the websites of our non-profits and getting our brains working on ideas!

Team City Fruit

Wyn- Videography
Matthew- Photography
Geoff- Photography + Social Media
Lisa- Illustration + Website Design

Team Totem Star

Krista- Photography + Social Media
Sabrina- Photography + Graphic Design
Julia- Content Writer + Website Design
Amber- Photography
Luke- Videography

Team Aurora Commons!

Caroline- Social Media
Joe- Videography
April- Graphic Design
Jason- Photography
Jenny- Photography

And Jayden- Our house dad and music composer extraordinaire!

FULL DAY #1

The first full day of C’Mon Team is a where the real deal work gets started. After a communal breakfast and check-in our pods set out into the depths of Seattle to meet our non-profits face to face for the first time. To hear their stories, mission and find out their hopes our content can bring to their cause. This is where we strategize, make to-do lists and get our cameras rolling. Below are a mix of photos to introduce you to our nonprofits and behind the scenes to give you a glimpse into what our days look like.

Team City Fruit

City Fruit promotes the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community, and protect the climate.

Urban fruit trees are a valuable community resource, yet often fruit goes unused because people are not sure when to harvest it, how to best use it, or they are put off by damage caused by preventable disease and pests. We are reclaiming the urban orchard, showing people how to harvest what they need, and to share the rest with others. We help tree owners grow healthy fruit, provide assistance in harvesting and preserving fruit, promote the sharing of extra fruit, and work to protect urban fruit trees.

 

Team Totem Star

In 2010, a recording studio in South Seattle released a compilation created by an unlikely group of new artists: youth newly-released from juvenile detention. The album was the result of a six week workshop during which the kids were encouraged to make sense of what was happening to them on the streets, in the studio.

What was intended to be a one-off project slowly grew into a non-profit organization. Totem Star is now a nonprofit record label and community of young artists learning dedication, courage, perseverance, and confidence through crafting and performing music.

Aurora Commons

Seattle’s Aurora Avenue, an old state highway lined with used car lots, sex shops, fast food joints, and run-down motels has long been known for its issues of homelessness, addiction, and sexual exploitation – yet it has been largely ignored by its bordering neighborhoods.The Aurora Commons provides a welcoming space for our unhoused neighbors to rest, prepare a meal, connect to resources and collectively create a healthy and vibrant community.  We seek to provide a space for authenticity and conversation to bring the wider community to the table to learn from one another, to be transformed by one another, and to embrace one another.

 

That night we reconvened at the Airbnb for a some cider from Seattle Cider (yum!) a home cooked meal from local Seattle friends and wedding photographers Dan Cumberland and his wife. Thank you all SO MUCH for the delicious homemade squash soup, focaccia bread and beer. <3 A huge thank you also to Vi Dotson for the dessert you brought as well! :) We sat around one table that evening, sharing our non-profits stories, personal stories from the day and experiences. As a C’Mon team member, this was one of my favorite evenings we all shared together.

FULL DAY #2

We woke up fully rested for the last time. Breakfast, communal check-in and we were off! For most pods, this is our heavy content producing day. Lots of photo shoots, pods often split up to cover more ground, interviews, collecting voice overs, etc. Enjoy some photos below that were captured throughout our time with the nonprofits. Our focus is often on portraits and documentary images of the nonprofits doing what they do. Below are a collection of images we captured for each nonprofit

City Fruit

The C’Mon Team member’s main focus for City Fruit was on hands and how they contribute to the process the fruits go through on their journey from city fruit, to donations, to Seattle City Cider. As you scroll through the images below, pay attention to the hands. Hands not only pick fruit, but they are symbolic of building a stronger community as well. You’ll see more of how this theme was incorporated in the big reveal at the end of this post.

 

Totem Star

At Totem Star, the C’Mon Team really wanted to dig deep into what wasn’t already being said about this nonprofit. After talking with the founders, we found that what was missing was the commitment and hardwork of the youth that participate in Totem Star. We focused on validating the artists with professional artist portraits, capturing the hard work put in the studio and the energy they bring to the stage. In addition to the studio and the stage the founders, Pak and Thaddeus, also bring stories and advice of life as a working musician to the artists, allowing them to ask questions and expand their opportunities. In the images below, take a close look at the Studio. Stage. Story elements that were captured to amplify the voice of Totem Star and the artists at work.

Aurora Commons

The beauty of Aurora Commons, is that anyone and everyone is welcomed, regardless of your story or your past. The neighbors who walk through these doors are recognized, acknowledged and cared about and capturing the essence of those who fill the space was the main priority for C’Mon Team. They spent more hours listening and visiting than they did documenting and bonded whole heartedly with the neighbors, the founders and each other. After the few days together, they were all neighbors under one roof, from different walks of life.

After a very full day, it was time for a pizza dinner and work mode. As the hours of the evening crept towards 1am and later, the group thinned and went to bed. We heard several C’mon Team members burned the midnight oil to 5am!

FULL DAY #3

This is it guys. This day is everything. It’s a relentless 8+ day for most pods editing photos, formatting websites, editing video, putting together social media guides, mockups and polishing written content. It’s a day spent in coffee shops, sharing communal tables and asking many times for people to kill their Spotify so there’s enough internet for everyone to upload their content.

This is what most of the night before and day of looks like. The wrath of the editing monster!

Then all of us sleepless editing zombies cleaned ourselves up! We headed to Sole Repair for the BIG REVEAL of all our hard work. We were joined by members of all the nonprofits, friends and other creatives from the Seattle community to reveal all our projects. This is the “I’m so exhausted, my heart is so full, this experience is badass, holy sh*t we pulled off weeks/months of work in 72 hours” emotional rollercoaster takes place. There were tears, laughter, huge group hugs and so many rounds of applause. So, enjoy our galleries and videos of the bomb-diggity content we made, the reactions from our huge-hearted nonprofit founders and the dance party that took place after!

City Fruit

Totem Star

Aurora Commons

TIME TO CELEBRATE


Then we got down on the dance floor for a rockin’ dance party together in Sole Repair, to the beats of our awesome DJ Miked Up Productions until well after midnight.

And the evening ended with cheers of “Cheese fries! Cheese Fries! Cheese Fries!” leading the group to a late night snack.

We parted ways the next morning on the highest of highs and with hands full of positive, intentional notes (warm fuzzies) from each of our 14 other C’mon teammates.

3 days.

15 amazingly talented volunteers.

3 nonprofits that love on the local community so hard.

3 new websites including photographs, social media guides, and promotional videos created in less than 72 hours by our volunteers.

Local small businesses and individuals pitching in to help how they could, through donating meals, desserts, and dollars.

1 downright delightful dance party.

All in the spirit of community and collaboration.

That’s C’mon Team.

Featured Collaboration: Steps of Faith Foundation

In May, C'mon Team headed to Nashville to work with an incredible nonprofit called the Steps of Faith Foundation, which reconnects amputees to their communities, families, and workforces by relieving the financial burden of prosthetic care. We were blown away by their mission and ability to help amputees in need. Within the span of 4 short-but-action-packed days, our group of creative volunteers took the SOF purpose to heart as their own, and created new ways to tell the organization's story; including a website refresh, new photos, and a video that knocks our socks off. Take a peek for yourself: 

Below is a sample of some of the images that were created for this project. We wanted to express an idea of empowerment for both prosthetic recipients and donors. Through this foundation, amputees rediscover their ability to be independent and productive while donors viewing the site are able to get a sense of where their dollars go. Every dollar donated brings someone in need a step closer to driving themselves to work, walking their child to school, or simply opening a door with ease. 

Are you a creative professional (i.e. photographer, videographer, editor, composer, graphic designer, coder, chef.. you name it!) that would love to join us? Our next C’mon is going to be in Seattle from September 18-22, and you can apply here! Are you part of a nonprofit in Seattle (or anywhere else on planet earth) that is doing amazing things but could totally benefit from a digital facelift? Tell us about it! We are always eager to grow as a collective, and we would love to hear from you.

Upcoming 2016 Events: Nashville + Seattle!

Hello, Hello Friends!

2015 was a big year for us. We took a wild dream and made it a reality and we saw so many of you jump on with us and say, "OMG, yes! We've been looking for something like this!" We also had our very first 'C'mon' in Los Angeles back in October (called, uh.. C'mon LA), where 15 folks partnered with True Connection and LA's Best to create content for these rad NPOs to help them have an even stronger impact in their communities and endeavors.

2016 is going to be an even bigger year and we want you to be a part of it! We're in the midst of planning for our next two 'C'mon's, and we'd love to get the word out now so that you can put the dates in your calendars (join us!). Drumroll, please! :

  • C'mon Nashville : May 8-12
  • C'mon Seattle : September 18-22

We are so excited to find non-profits to partner with in these two cities, so please do let us know if you have connections or hear of anyone doing something amazing in either place. And, do you know for sure you want to be a part of either of these wonder-working weeks? Make a note in your calendar and shoot us an email so we can count on you! 

Our overall mission is to visit non-profits around the world to create content to tell their stories dynamically. Our aim is to give back to the givers by sharing our skills generously in the spirit of community... (and we learn so much from each other in the process!). We are so grateful that you share in this vision, and are willing to share your talents with us. 

We're hoping to announce our Nashville team by 3.16.2016, so send us an email ASAP if you're hoping to volunteer for that event! Thank you! We can't wait to see what happens next.

C'MON LA - OCTOBER 2015

Our first event took place in October in Los Angeles, California. A team of 14 creatives including photographers, videographers, writers and designers came together to tell the stories of two nonprofits: LA's Best and True Connection. Both nonprofit organizations focus on enriching kid's lives through after school programs centered on learning, physical activity and art.