How You Can Help

Birthdays Aren’t All About the Gifts, But They Could Be!

You can have your cake and give some too! In August, Facebook launched a new feature that allows your friends to gift you with a donation to the charity of your choice! Through the use of this exciting new tool, supporters of Project HELP have gifted us with over $3,000! How does it work? It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

How to Run Your Own Birthday Campaign:

Step 1: Choose your organization
Two weeks prior to your birthday, Facebook will send you a notification in your news feed that allows you to create a fundraiser. You have the option to choose from 750,000 available nonprofit organizations around world!

Step 2: Set Your Goal
Once you choose your community partner, just set a goal of how much money you’d like to raise for your charitable organization. Facebook gives you the opportunity to create a custom message that is shared on your timeline for all of your friends to see on your special day. Every goal needs an end date! Be sure to select the amount of time you’d like your campaign to run for.

Step 3: Tell All Your Friends!
Choose your friends that you would like to participate in your campaign. Your friends will receive a notification inviting them to donate to the cause you have chosen.

How Does the Organization Obtain the Donation:

In order to receive the donations that your Facebook friends have so generously pledged in your honor, the nonprofit organization has three options:

The nonprofit can register with Facebook Payments, which mandates at least $100 in donations prior to its eligibility. Once campaign ends, the nonprofit will receive the money raised via direct deposit.

If the nonprofit does not wish to register through Facebook Payments, their donations are disseminated via the online fundraising tool Network for Good.

If the nonprofit does not want to use Facebook Payments and isn’t using the Network for Good platform, they will simply receive a check in the mail.

Volunteering: Why should I do it?


What can you do in your spare time? 

When people are in crisis, where do they turn? When a violent crime has been committed, who is there to help? When a sexual assault happens, what happens to the victim? The list of questions is endless, crisis is always happening. There is a place that is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week; it’s the Project HELP’s Crisis and Sexual Assault Hotline.

Our hotline is always answered by a live volunteer advocate. Our fully trained advocates are ready and waiting to help people in need, people who need help, people who don’t know where to turn. We will work diligently to find the right resource to help almost any situation.

We run the hotline on a volunteer basis. Volunteering is a very rewarding way for someone to give back to their community and help their neighbors, family and friends get through some pretty rough times. Volunteer by definition is the practice of people working on behalf of others or a particular cause without payment for their time and services. People volunteer for various reasons with some being connecting with the community, giving back, helping others to a personal experience.

What does it take to be a volunteer?

Compassion: To be able to feel for others who are struggling with life’s ups and downs. To be able to listen and guide through understanding and care how and who could help them.

Passion: The passion to want to help someone who has just been a victim of a violent crime or the loss of a loved one suddenly. The passion to be able to understand what needs to be done to help these people, utilizing the tools and training we provide.

Personal Growth and Benefit: Wanting to be able to grow as a person, feel a sense of accomplishment, learn a new skill or become more aware of what is going on in their community.

Availability: Volunteering gives you the availability to work when you can. Set your own hours and work from home.

Sense of Belonging: Wanting to feel like a part of a team that is helping their community. A chance to meet new people while working through difficulties and seeing positive results.

There are plenty of other reasons people want to volunteer, so if any of these reasons have crossed your mind, we are looking for you. Project HELP is always looking to grow its volunteer base. Please feel free to contact the Victim Service Coordinator Eileen Wesley at 239-649-1404 to start working with a team that has firm roots in the community and continues towards its goal that no one is alone and will always have someone to help.

Project Help is Collier County’s local rape and crisis center offering FREE & CONFIDENTIAL services. Services may include evidence collection, exam, immediate crisis intervention, working with law enforcement if reporting, counseling groups, court assistance, information and referrals, and our 24 hour hotline. If you need HELP…call our hotline: 239-262-7227