We were recently nominated for a National Diversity Award 2014 and have been overwhelmed by the endorsements that this nomination prompted:
Just some of our Votes and Endorsements
Saturday, April 12, 2014 – “This is a unique campaign which aims to eradicate limiting labels through the use of social media tools. The campaign began on facebook and youtube and now covers all social media and has many strands to offer support and validation to anyone who may feel marginalised. The Give ‘em Hope Campaign is an inclusive and inspirational celebration of diversity; an online video initiative to encourage and uplift those who feel marginalised, isolated or limited by labels. We exist to bring hope to those who need it most and do so by sharing our stories. The campaign was founded by David E Watters in early 2011 and has grown, with the support of numerous international cheerleaders and proactive participants. YOUTUBE CHANNEL:
This quiet, unassuming campaign has positively changed numerous lives across the globe.”
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 – “I have watched this organization / cause change lives. The give em hope campaign does exactly what it says, it gives people hope. They take all comers, gay, straight, black, white, female, male…doesn’t matter. A person that is very special to me lost her niece and they took her in with open arms and helped her through one of the most trying times of her life. I have seen example after example of compassion, kindness, support and love by David & the Give em hope campaign. They are everything good in this world.”
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 – “I am voting for Give ‘em Hope because they are deserving of my support and vote I learned of David Watters and Give ‘em Hope back when David first began in 2011. I watched as Give ‘em Hope reached out through face book to those who felt that they did not matter. They reached out to those in the LGBT community no matter where they lived they are an inspiration to me and to many others. They really do care about the LGBT community and bring cis and hetero allies together I wish there was more to say but I feel I had said it all I see a bright wonderful future for Give ‘Em Hope I look forward to seeing what more they can do please consider Give ‘Em Hope they truly are deserving of recognition “
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 – “David’s “Give ‘em Hope Campaign” is filled with the faces of a true diverse population. His words and actions encourage us to focus on our better angels to show love for ourselves and for those around us. This is especially true for traumatized LGBTQ people. David is persistent, inspired, and inspiring.”
Monday, July 14, 2014 – “Faith, hope and love; while the greatest of these is supposed to be love, without “hope” there can be no reason to have faith in love. “
Monday, July 14, 2014 – “basic human rights for everyone”
Monday, July 14, 2014 – “There is no better place for people, who can’t deal problems alone. Wisdom, laughs and care you will find there, always someone who listen. never its a question, where people are from, sexuality, age or skin. They stand up for each other, for human rights and find for every question an answer, for every problem a solution.”
Monday, July 14, 2014 – “Because its outreach to young LGBTQ folks still struggling to come out, here in the 21st Century of the Common Era, is extraordinary! And having the tireless David Watters at the helm is a gift to everyone”
Monday, July 14, 2014 – “I believe that it’s time that people were heard and through this beautiful campaign, not only do they have a voice, but also a family. “
Monday, July 14, 2014 – “I have seen the campaign grow and develop from its inspection in 2011, and the passion, professionalism and believe behind those that are involved is not just inspiring & inclusive – which it is, but life affirming as well. “
Monday, July 14, 2014 – “This campaign has inspired me to be myself, and not be ashamed or afraid to be me, this campaign also helped me come out to my parents. The give me hope campaign has helped a long way , labels used to bring me down and make me feel worthless, now I don’t anymore. This campaign has also helped a lot of other people in many and different ways. I’m giving the give me hope campaign my vote!”
Monday, July 14, 2014 – “I have watched this campaign and the wonderful people involved in it grow and give love and support to people all over the globe. They follow in the footsteps of the late, great Harvey Milk and carry his legacy to future generations. They are love and hope personified! “
Sunday, July 13, 2014 – “David Waters and The Give ‘em Hope Campaign gave me back hope when I felt like there was none. My 14 year old niece and her best friend committed suicide together as a result of being bullied and being tormented about their sexual orientation. I’m not clear on how I came across this campaign during that horrible time of my life but I am absolutely clear on knowing that I was welcomed in with open and loving arms. It’s not a campaign solely about being gay or straight; it’s a campaign of love and acceptance and of making every individual understand that it’s okay to be who you are; it’s okay to be you, to be unique, to be different, to embrace yourself and others no matter what. The Give ‘em Hope Campaign knows no boundaries; whether gay, straight, black, white, yellow, male female, transgender, old, young or whatever place in the world you come from, the Give ‘em Hope Campaign is a common place of acceptance and unconditional love. I have seen many many stories come through this campaign; many of them heartbreaking and many of them so very inspirational. I see a place where anyone and everyone can come together and share and be supported and feel safe and feel worth and love and feel okay again. I have watched this campaign flourish and reach every corner of the globe, bringing people that felt hopeless and unheard and outcast together as a family. David Waters has been the ‘father’ of this campaign, encouraging and loving and holding it together in every way possible. I am an advocate against bullying in any form and I know the work and dedication it takes to keep such a beautiful thing together. David Waters has gone above and beyond to make that and so much more happen for so many people. He is a special soul with an amazing purpose and that has overflowed into this campaign and all of the people ‘family’ that are a part of it. I know that I don’t stand alone when I say that the Give ‘em Hope Campaign and David Waters have made the World a more beautiful place to be and that I know it’s only just beginning. If more people in this World could just see humanity through the eyes of this one man and what this Give ‘em Hope Campaign and its members stand for, fight for and believe in… what a beautiful place it would be! “
Sunday, July 13, 2014 – “Can’t think of a better place for people to get help on-line.”
Sunday, July 13, 2014 – “GIve Em Hope is an amazing campaign. As a young child growing up is hard enough, growing up and feeling different is even worse. That added pressure of knowing that you cannot share your experience with others through fear of what actions they will take if you do. This campaign is groundbreaking. You tell your story about what it was like for you growing up. Youngster and older people around the world can share those stories and see themselves in what people have done and realise that they are not alone. I really wish this campaign was around when I was growing up this would have made my life so much more easier and I would have felt like I didn’t actually waste my teenage years hiding who I truly was. “
Saturday, June 21, 2014 – “I don’t believe in hope. Maybe I need some anyway.”
Sunday, June 8, 2014 – “I’m voting for the give em hope campaign, because I think it’s one of the most diverse helpful and influential campaigns around its concept is amazing. “
Sunday, June 8, 2014 – “David works so hard to do the right and proper thing for everyone. I know he is a good decent man and I would not have any trouble trusting him with anything or anyone. I am just a regular wonderful American who believes in equal rights and I wish the US did. You can probably check me out with the NSA. Mary”
Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “I have been a member of the group since it first formed and have found the founder, David Watters to be very friendly and caring.”
Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “This campaign is a positive and uplifting effort we should all support! Thank you David!”
Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “David has promoted this organisation consistently for years, and he is fully committed to it. It supports those a little different for whatever reason and equality for all is vital. Well done David and good luck!!”
Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “This organisation has worked tirelessly to make vulnerable people in many walks of life feel loved, protected and cherished for who and what they are. It offers support to people when they’re sometimes at their very lowest point and full of despair and worry. The ‘Give them hope’ campaign aims to change those views by celebrating the wonderful rich diversity of this planet. I am a gay man, divorced with two grown up sons and still on the best of terms with my ex-wife who remains a close friend to this day. I have been very lucky to have been accepted for what and who I am by my family and friends-many many people aren’t so lucky and live a life of fear and remorse. The message this organisation gives so strongly is that they aren’t alone!”
Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “This is a strong campaign that has helped many people. Please honor this important initiative.”
Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “David & his GiveEmHopeCampaign do just that for Kids and Adults alike about the Globe.”
Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “Because they give hope to people”
Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “This is a very important organization that provides hope to young people. “
Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “We All could use More Hope & Fath Eh ….. Keep UP the Excelelent Work Eh xoxoxoxxo”
Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “This Campaign has been relentless in getting its message over. Mr David Watters has tirelessly kept the wheels turning on an ever expanding campaign. Let’s give him the appreciation he deserves his cause!!”
Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “I know how committed David is to this cause.”
Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “It has given me hope to be who I want to be and who I am today:) nothing more needs to be said:)”
Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “Great Cause”
Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “Labels are limiting”
Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “Hope, a belief in a realistic, better outcome, is basic to human motivation, & can carry one through rough times.”
Sunday, May 18, 2014 – “David Watters is working tirelessly to bring this project to the widest possible audience in the widest possible range of media. Its focus on positivity, equality and justice, not negativity, separatism and point-scoring, is a highly effective strategy for disarming criticism and defusing prejudice. “
Sunday, May 18, 2014 – “David is the reason for my vote. Every day he brings hope and joy to each of us…we are stronger because of him”
Saturday, May 17, 2014 – “David Watters and the Give Em Hope campaign are there for young people – not only for LGBTQ, but ALL youngsters. And this campaign helps young people to feel better, more secure and prevents them from doing the worst thing … self-harm, or even worse: taking their own lives. This campaign should win, because 1 young person saved is great, but we need to help and save more!”
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – “Due to the brilliant work brought to life by the Give ‘em Hope Campaign. Individuality is what makes life so great. David is an inspirational leader. The Give ‘em hope campaign helps encourage people to embrace and discover who they are, and what they can achieve.”
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – “I’m voting for the freedom to be human. David and his organization embody the universal inclination to love and be loved, no matter what the cost. That we deserve to live an authentic life filled with love, passion, for community and the desire to be a service to not only the lgbt community, but also the human community. That gets my vote every time. Simone Equality Campbell”
Sunday, May 4, 2014 – “They have done wonderful things online, reaching out to people who often need a listening ear that are in crisis.”
Friday, May 2, 2014 – “It’s a fantastic cause.”
Thursday, May 1, 2014 – “Strong support for young people at risk (LGBT statistics: 74% have suffered homophobic bullying, 25% have been physically assaulted, 50% school staff offer no support, 53% LGB have self-harmed, 76% T have self-harmed, 25% have attempted suicide, 81% suffer depression). Thanks to groups like this one to give these vulnerable young people some hope.”
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – “Hope is like dreams coming true. The Word: Hope is beautiful.”
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – “I Believe HOPE is Awesome and If every person would Give HOPE to at least One Person a day We May just Change someone’s life and They too will have HOPE .”
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 – “For rights that have been long overdue…..”
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 – “Give’em is truly a community…more like a family that offers support and encouragement and a safe place when your other family or people in your life reject you because who you are.”
Monday, April 28, 2014 – “diversity must be normally!!!”
Monday, April 28, 2014 – “We need many more organisations like the one you’ve created here. “
Saturday, April 26, 2014 – “it provides encouragement to trans-identified persons to live authentically.”
Saturday, April 26, 2014 – “Because the world needs this. “
Saturday, April 26, 2014 – “There is a basic need to provide hope to the LGBT community. The path many walk is very treacherous, painful, hurtful. Hope gives them glimmer of light that helps them navigate a easier path. This Organization does exactly that. “
Saturday, April 26, 2014 – “Because it is something I support. “
Saturday, April 26, 2014 – “Because hope is all it takes sometimes”
Friday, April 25, 2014 – “You only have to read the comments on this site to know the hope and encouragement it gives to so many people. It is a platform to express how they feel without being judged or ridiculed.”
Friday, April 25, 2014 – “What a passionate organisation fighting for what they believe in! Lead by a driven, eloquent person who never gives up. We need more advocates like this in our world to ‘give hope’ and to make us all keep on fighting. “
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – “Give Em Hope proves that there are people who care!”
Monday, April 21, 2014 – “it give’s ‘em hope!”
Monday, April 21, 2014 – “I have known of the Give’em Hope Campaign since David Watters started this organization in 2011. David has inspired many people and encouraged them to not let labels define them. He is a positive force for those struggling with feeling limited by labels. He gives others hope and we need that in this crazy world of ours. My vote is for the Give’em Hope Campaign because of the reasons I stated above and more. I am also an LGBT ally and advocate. I feel this organization deserves recognition as it has helped so many people. Thank you. “
Saturday, April 19, 2014 – “Give Em Hope reaches out to all the “us-es,” as Harvey Milk would say. It offers an online home for people of all ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, disabilities…whoever you are is welcome, and acceptance saves lives.”
Saturday, April 19, 2014 – “Diversity is important to society, offering multiple approaches to problems.”
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – “David Watters and the Give ‘em Hope Campaign have been life lines for us as we have navigated becoming public. My spouse transitioned FtM 42 years ago and has been an ordained United Methodist Clergy for 32 of those years. We have needed and continue to need, the solidarity/interdependence and HOPE that this site has offered, as the powers that be would try to silence us. I am married to Rev. David E. Weekley: www.shermanswilderness.org Hope you give ‘em the award:)”
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – “A great cause.”
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – “they do a great job”
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – “I believe strongly in the purpose and approach of this group! “
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – “The work that Give ‘em Hope does is vital to young people all over the world. David’s work can be seen and felt in every young person who finds the strength to live as they are. He is a mentor to many, and an inspiration to anyone who has ever met him.”
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – “It’s just a great page that welcome’s you know judgments it gives you people who you can be yourself with >”
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – “This organisation is operating beyond borders and offering hope and inspiration to individuals all over the world. It offers a forum for those who may feel alone to get a sense of belonging without losing their individuality. It celebrates diversity in all its proclivities. I love that! “
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – “does great work”
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – “I joined this group when it first began and have found it’s members to be really caring people, who will do whatever they can to help those who need help and search for and bring back whatever information they can find to help. (For more info on why I’m voting for this group, read David’s explanation of the group, below.) As interesting as some of the groups are, I find none of them to be as helpful as this one.”
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – “I am voting because of the outstanding service that this organization contributes to the world as a whole. It would be a travesty if they did not get this recognition that they truly merit. “
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – “This project is very inspirational to LGBT. The mass media don’t show enough positive role models, especially LGBT. It was therefore very apt and necessary that someone should go all out to film and collect the stories of those who have stood up for their right to love who they want in the face of adversity. The stories provide solace and identification to the LGBT who are still struggling with their sexuality and/or with the oppression around them.”
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – “This is such a valuable organisation which is making a real difference both online and in the community. The resources online are powerful and save lives. Everyone needs a little hope and David Watters reaches out to some of those most isolated .”
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – “A unique campaign which aims to eradicate limiting labels through the use of social media tools. The campaign all social media and has many strands to offer support and validation to anyone who may feel marginalised. An inspirational celebration of diversity. Real people sharing their stories…”
Monday, April 14, 2014 – “Most social and hopeful community i know. Gives hope and the feeling, to be part of a family.”
Monday, April 14, 2014 – “This is a great where people have wide open minds and great listeners. I feel safe every time I post comment or concern on Group. It welcomes everyone and forgives them. I do not know a lot of Campaign that are heart-warming and generous as they are. They help me find myself and understand sexuality and words that are unknown to me like transgender, transsexual, etc. I hope everyone who enters this campaign enjoys it as much as I do”
Monday, April 14, 2014 – “Everybody needs hope for whatever reason . The Give em hope campaign does just that. It breaks down barriers and goes a long way to putting an end to negative labels. Since its early days it’s been an inspirational tool to many in all walks of life and continues to be”
Monday, April 14, 2014 – “The Give ‘Em Hope Campaign does phenomenal work for marginalized populations. In today’s society, labels have power. They have the power to empower, but they also have the power to destroy. More often than not, it’s the negative side of labels that leads to tragic events like teen suicide and homelessness, and that is just not acceptable. To have a campaign in place to show these individuals that who they are is to be embraced and worthy of acceptance and acknowledgement means the possibility of saving lives. And as the great Mr. Milk said, “You gotta give them hope.” “
Monday, April 14, 2014 – “I have been a member of Give ‘em Hope ever since it started, and alot of people on here had done nothing but supported me on my decisions, and have love and accepted me for who I am. Despite my autism, anxiety, and a long medical and mental health history, this campaign has helped me strive for the best in life.”
Monday, April 14, 2014 – “I really would like to help GIVE’EM HOPE. I have always like the word HOPE OR DREAMS.”
Monday, April 14, 2014 – “This campaign is well focused and should be supported by all. “
Sunday, April 13, 2014 – “The main reason I am voting is that this campaign needs more people to be aware of it. From its early days on YouTube, the campaign has been wonderful in giving people reassurance and support from real people with real stories. It’s so precious for the individuals involved who have shared their stories, and a source of guidance and reassurance for others who feel they are alone. The tireless work of David and his associates and their bravery in continuing to offer emotional ballast in stormy times is indispensable and needs the recognition it deserves.”
Sunday, April 13, 2014 – “This site shows love and concern for people from all walks of life. I believe this site saves lives.”
WHAT IS THE GIVE ‘EM HOPE CAMPAIGN?
Stage One – The Give ‘em Hope Campaign is an inclusive and inspirational celebration of diversity; an online initiative to encourage and uplift those who feel marginalised, isolated or limited by labels. We exist to bring hope to those who need it most and do so by sharing our stories.
The campaign was founded by David E Watters in early 2011 and has grown, with the support of numerous international cheerleaders and proactive participants.
The Give ‘em Hope Campaign aims to eradicate limiting labels in society by acknowledging our similarities, whilst celebrating our differences.
Unlike other diversity campaigns, The Give ‘em Hope Campaign is an international fully-inclusive initiative, not focussed solely on one “community”, for that in itself can be limiting and perhaps divisive. This has meant that we have a range of video and written testimonies which explore living with HIV/ AIDS, coping with “coming out” as LGBTQ, learning to understand life on the autistic spectrum, ageism, racism, surviving serious life-threatening illnesses, coping with family rejection and so many more. The website best illustrates the diverse range of contributions:
THE NBI ASSOCIATES/ GIVE ‘EM HOPE WEBSITE:
Further to this, we have many creative contributors who are musicians and have chosen to musically participate. Inspiring is the range of genres that effortlessly work as tools for social and political commentary; this has been important because music takes us beyond the ordinary and communicates on a level which resonates far deeper than words alone can. GIVE ‘EM HOPE CAMPAIGN – MUSIC VIDEO COMPILATION: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqc9hfgPd1E
Our aim, to develop a cohesive society, utilises all available online social networks and video-sharing websites to assist anyone who may feel isolated, marginalised or limited by labels, to develop a better sense of living with personal authenticity, so that they can achieve their full potential. The greatest gift that a person can give is their true self. The individual can flourish and their family, community and the wider world can benefit from the immeasurable positivity that comes with living a free and limitless life.
The campaign was established in 2011, by David E Watters, a teacher and Diversity Specialist who saw an opportunity to harness the positive power of the internet and use it as a tool to speak to a worldwide audience.
As with any organisation, promoting diversity and supporting those who are in need of support and encouragement requires a diverse family network of volunteers. With this in mind, David began to reach out to members of the Give ‘em Hope facebook group and select the most active contributors who had the life-experience and skillset required to mentor those who were brave enough to recognise that the altruistic compassion and support that was readily offered was exactly what they needed. There are now over 20 administrators across the globe, meaning that there is an online presence at any time of the day or night.
The campaign began with a single video, inviting individuals, couples and groups to participate and make their own video about surviving the stereotypes and developing a sense of self-worth, having been limited by others, themselves or both, by the labels that had boxed them in and had defined and trapped them; many to the point of self-harm and suicide ideation.
These powerful videos were made, and continue to be made by people from a range of backgrounds; so in terms of diversity and the Equality Act 2010, one might refer to these as individuals who identify with one or more of the Protected Characteristics of Age, Disability, Gender reassignment, Marriage and civil partnership, Pregnancy and maternity, Race, Religion and belief, Sex and Sexual orientation.
For those who were unable to create a video, a second option arose, and many more contributors began emailing their written stories or directly uploading them to our social networks.
Stage Two – has included written stories of HOPE from those who have freed themselves from limiting labels and who can now celebrate their individuality.
Stage Three – is the living family support network which flourishes on facebook. Both the group and sister page are staffed by an international team of compassionate administrators, of diverse backgrounds, who provide unrivalled support and guidance.
Friendships have been formed and as clichéd as it may sound, there is a genuine sense of being part of an international family, in which people from all age-groups, cultures, genders and sexual orientations thrive and nurture each other.
OUR BACKGROUND, AS EXPLAINED BY SOME OF OUR INTERNATIONAL FAMILY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A28skAO0AQ8