“Wow, I can’t believe I didn’t know about this!”
We get that a lot, when people first hear there’s a 100% free way to resolve disputes in a matter of hours, rather than spending a bazillion dollars in legal fees and infinity time in litigation and and living with an aggravation level cranked up to 11.
The thing is, we need your to help raise awareness of this amazing service, and to help ensure that everyone in our city can get it for free.
We’ve touched the lives of more than 20,000 people since our launch in 2011. We’ve seen fisticuffs morph into hugs, family scars heal over, and communities coalesce after collective trauma. I’ve been in this field for going on 20 years, and I still get chills down my spine when I think about the impact we’ve had on so many people’s lives. (I’ll see a chiropractor about that).
We won’t rest until mediation is the household word it deserves to be. Until it’s the movement it deserves to be. Until millions, not thousands, of New Yorkers use mediation as opportunity to be heard, to build understanding, or simply have a safe space for a difficult conversation.
There are so many ways you can be part of this movement. Refer people in disputes to us before their conflicts get out of hand. Heck, refer them after they get out of hand. Learn mediation — join New York City’s largest civilian peacebuilding force. Connect us to your community organizations, houses of worship, business, and political leaders. Donate — any amount helps. A $200 donation covers the cost of a mediation session, saving our clients thousands of dollars, and so often healing fractured relationships….priceless (apologies to whatever credit card commercial I jacked that from.)
The most fun way you can support us? Come to our PeaceRaiser on Thursday, November 14th! Schmooze, raise a glass, learn interesting stuff about conflict resolution, meet amazing people…and know that you’re doing your part to keep free mediation services alive in New York City.
Can’t wait to see you there, friends.
Yours in solidarity,
Brad Heckman, CEO, New York Peace Institute