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Information for Faith Communities and Community Organizations

Greetings Area Faith Communities!

Did you know that scientific studies show that when people feel loved and connected to others they have increased emotional and physical health? As communities of faith we seek to support that truth in many ways every day. We are writing to share an opportunity to highlight that message in your faith community and throughout our region!

A Little History:

In May of 2018 a passionate group of people came together to develop the Be The One campaign to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. The goal of the campaign was to spread the belief that everyone needs a “safe, secure and nurturing relationship”. We are excited to share that this simple message took flight and in August we applied for and received a New York State Office of Mental Health grant to continue to move this initiative throughout our region.

The goal of this community building initiative is to inspire people to Be the One through a comprehensive public awareness campaign that includes everything from written materials, silicone bracelets and T-shirts to events and gatherings that include music and the arts.

To that end, we are encouraging you and all of our area faith communities to imagine how you could bring this message to life. As inspiration, we are providing you this bag of materials that includes stickers, palm cards, bracelets and a one-page information sheet. Please share this message with in your community in whatever way works for you. Some ideas may include:

More information can be found on our FaceBook page at Be the One Tompkins or you contact one of the Be the One team members for more ideas about how to bring this message to your community!

Nora Soyring 
Pam Talbott

  • A Be the One message as a focus in a worship service
  • Be the One message in your children and youth education programs
  • Encourage members of your community to share stories about people who have been the one for them
  • Highlight scriptures that uplift the Be the One message