We have always thought of this ‘runhers’ project as a social experiment, trying to find ‘what works’ in connecting women to a healthier and happier lifestyle. Since the beginning, we have been researching and connecting with women around the country, and around the world, on any number of topics regarding women’s issues and lifestyle. “It’s time to share your work with others,” we’ve been told. As you may know, to incorporate all the research and projects, we filed for and received our non-profit status in late 2014. The umbrella organization is named “the hers projects.” runhers women’s association is our touchstone project.
Women’s issues relating to balance, fitness, food, cultural and behavioral science, arts and entertainment, medical and health care are all important areas of research and development we have been in partnering and collaborating on, behind the scenes, for years. We’ve even talked to the Happiness Institute in Australia – as well as many top women execs in entertainment, sports and business. The learning curve has been incredibly steep – but the investment has been well worth our time and resources. We aim to provide clarity in a complex world of competing ideas, junk science and false advertising, all luring you to try (buy) their quick fix solutions or to ‘look’ a certain way.
We’d like all of your input and collaborative ideas as well. That’s how this organization will evolve and stay relevant, with a constant stream of fresh thinking, smart women, risk taking and new ideas colliding in an environment that nourishes and promotes a culture where women can grow and create. We want to push boundaries for women, and be a uniting force in our communities.
One of our core beliefs is that we grow strong roots. We grow organically, one woman at a time. The most important thing for us is to help each individual woman we connect with in some way. From the beginning, we have thought of each woman as a unique, individual creative challenge. We want to grow and continue to develop, for each individual woman, a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system in our complex world. With plenty of laughter and fun along the journey!
You’ll see much more in 2015, as we roll out new initiatives and projects in 2015. We’ve learned that it takes time to develop a concept and vision. We’ve been encouraged by several of our advisers, who’ve reminded us that their own project(s) take 4+ years from concept to launch.
You can help us in several ways. You can volunteer, or collaborate with us in helping more women. You can help us financially, by becoming an individual member at $20 annually, or by giving more. If you own a company, or work for a company looking to get more involved in the community, we have sponsorship and partner opportunities. We also will work with in-kind donations. If you have some imaginative or creative way to plug in, or to plug us in, we’d love that!
The support of friends, family and community members like you enables the hers projects to evolve, and push creative boundaries through our approach. We empower, entertain and motivate women and girls to connect with and develop important skills and abilities, encouraging lifelong health and happiness.
Annual gifts to the hers projects provide the revenue needed to support key programs like runhers women’s association, walkhers and Designing a Safer Woman, along with a host of other programs currently in design. The gifts help us provide program materials, equipment, coach/volunteer/collaborator supplies, outreach to the communities we serve, and other experiments that help women find their version of healthy and happy.
Someone said, “If you want to change society, you must mobilize the women in that society.” Our projects for 2015, and beyond, are bold – and audacious. However, our 5 years of experimentation, research and development give us great confidence that we can continue designing and building something very special, that will stand the test of time, and be passed on to our daughters, and their daughters, to continue imagining, designing and building the future they envision. All the best for a great New Year!Sheila Kidder
Special Projects Director, Board Member
From The Board of Directors – the hers projects
a 501(c)3 non-profit organization