Here at Letters Against Depression, we write Letters of Hope and Support to people all over the world, spreading the message that you are not alone, and that you matter. Since we began in November of 2014, I have written letters to over 1,000 people from amazing places like Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, India, England, Scotland, Germany, Crete, Peru, Ireland, Sudan...the list goes on and on. People find us through social media and word of mouth, so growth has been slow but has been picking up exponentially...so much so it is becoming more than one person can do alone.
That is where amazing people (like you) come in. With more people coming on a volunteers, even for just a letter or two, we can have an even greater impact!
Current Volunteer Opportunities:
Initial Letter Writer
Initial Letters become our first written contact with our recipients, so there is a greater emphasis on length, content and timing. Individuals applying to be an Initial Letter Writer should have decent handwriting and good written communication skills. These letters are handwritten and at least 2 pages in length (if using single space, college ruled lined paper...if using other stationery, length should be an equivalent length). Letters need to be upbeat, positive, and deliver the message that “You are not alone” and that “You Matter”. When you claim an assignment as an Initial Letter Writer, you must complete the letter within 1 week and mail it to us for delivery.
Continued Contact Letter Writer
Continued Contact Letters are smaller, follow up letters to our Initial Letters. Simply put, these are the letters that we send to recipients after their initial letter. Individuals applying to be a Continued Contact Letter Writer should have fair/decent handwriting and fair/good written communication skills. Continued Contact Letters are less intensive, handwritten and do not have to be as long as typical Initial Letters (typically 1 page in length or more). Letters should be upbeat, positive, and deliver the message that “You are not alone” and that “You Matter”. When you request an assignment as a Continued Contact Letter Writer, you must complete the letter within 2 weeks and mail it to us for delivery.
Typical letters are about 1-4 pages (one side of one sheet of college ruled paper is considered 1 page). Feel free to introduce yourself, talk about your experiences with depression/anxiety/mental illness , and basically just try to connect with them. This is exactly like if you would be writing a letter to your friend. Use their "Story" that they give us to further connect with them. Feel free to include an email or return address in your letter if you would like, in case they would like to write back. Once you are done, you mail the letter to me and I will make sure it gets to the recipient.
If this is your first time signing up with this new process, click the button below to go to the login page and click on "Sign Up" under where it says "Need an Account".
Once you have submitted the access request, it will come to me to approve and set you up in the system. You will get an email when it is all set, and you'll be able to login to the page through the same link as above.
Once in, you will be able to see your "dashboard"...all of the information that is pertinent to you.
- The first section is your current "Claimed" assignments (more on this shortly)
- The second section is the history of Letters that you have written to date and have been mailed by us
- The last section is the list of assignments that you can choose from.
Scroll through the list of assignments listed, and find one that you would like to write to. There can be many options, depending on how many requests are unfulfilled or needed, so we provide a "search" bar at the top that you can use to filter records. Maybe you want to write to someone who battles anxiety...you can type anxiety in the search to filter to the records that include that term.
When you find someone to write to, click on the CLAIM RECIPIENT link at the end of the row. This will bring up a button to confirm that you want to claim this assignment as yours. When you claim an assignment, it will put the record in the first section of your dashboard, titled My Claimed Recipients, so you can always look to see who you are writing to and the details. By claiming an assignment, you also remove the name from the list of available assignments, so other volunteers will not see or be able to claim this assignment. It now belongs to you :)
When complete, you mail the letter to us at:
Letters Against Depression
PO Box 136056
Clermont, FL 34713
We are a nonprofit, 501c3 charity organization, so the time that you spend writing letters can be added to college resumes, or job applications.