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Support Hope in Shadows

Last Saturday was a perfect snapshot of the dedication and energy that community members give to Hope in Shadows to make this project happen. Our judges spent the entire day pouring over thousands of contest images with the task of choosing 40 photos that best express the beauty, humanity and strength of the Downtown Eastside. These photos, now spread across a table in our office and soon to be displayed for the public vote, capture exactly those aspects of the community.

Community support is an essential piece of the success of the Hope in Shadows project. Today, we are calling on our community of supporters to contribute to making this year's project happen. We have set a fundraising goal of $5,000 this summer, so every contribution counts. To make a contribution, click here.

While I work with staff and volunteers to get the 2012 calendar produced on time, that spread of winning photos next to me is a reminder of what is inspiring about this project. Each year, the Hope in Shadows calendar provides opportunities for Downtown Eastside residents to express themselves and their community to the rest of Vancouver. Through their eyes they show us different perspectives, new ways of seeing the community and the depth of human experience.

When the vendors hit the streets in October they will interact with thousands of people all around the city. They'll bring a selection of these photographs to thousands of homes and offices where many more people will see them. Through interactions between vendors and the public and through the photography and personal stories in the calendar, this project will connect people and communities in a dynamic and collaborative way.

At every stage, Hope in Shadows provides opportunities for Downtown Eastside residents to have their voices heard. With your support we can ensure that this project continues to provide people in this community a means of creative expression and employment.

Every donation to the Hope in Shadows calendar project sends a message of care, respect and understanding. We want you to be part of this year’s success story. Make your donation to Hope in Shadows here.