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About Us

The Wellness Collective currently serves in Allegheny County, PA and brings neighbors together around a shared mission: to restore and maintain power and interdependence in our communities.  As neighbors, our interests are shared. We support one another in moments of difficulty, and, through this, we sustain our community as a whole.  In the spirit of solidarity, The Wellness Collective collaborates with people who are experiencing crises to develop effective solutions that mitigates need. Our aim is to restore stability and strengthen resiliency. We do this by listening to our neighbors, facilitating local resource collection and redistribution, and improving accessibility to services. Our model is designed to offer practical solutions, so we, as a community, are empowered to respond to one another’s needs. It facilitates relationships of respect and mutual aid. Standing side by side and reclaiming our unified power, The Wellness Collective reimagines what is possible when society places its people at the center.

How it Works

Neighbors become members of the collective and agree to pay whatever monthly amount that they feel comfortable with.  Wellness providers are made available to our neighbors seeking support. Neighbors who reach out to The Collective are connected to the appropriate provider(s) or approved for an agreed upon monetary payment through The Collective.

 

Money In/Money Out

The funds raised are purposed for community use.  Therefore, 90% of the money raised each year is required to be spent and publicly justified in order to ensure that the maximum amount of support is possible.  To ensure the sustainability of the collective, providers are responsible for hosting one fundraiser a year, recruiting at least one new provider per year, and recruiting at least 5 community members a month.

 

Guidelines

Funds are made available for services and supports that aid in the establishing and re-establishing of basic needs as defined by Maslow.

 

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need is the theory of psychological motivation that outlines five major areas of our lives that must be stabilized in order for us to be healthy and successful.  The lower tiers (deficiency needs) must be satisfied before the upper-most (growth needs) can be achieved.  We should note that we do not support nor do we believe in the bigotry and ablism that Maslow framed much of his work around.  The hierarchy of need is simply a tool for guidance with understanding that it is as imperfect as the creator.

 

Funding

Funding for The Collective will be raised through foundation dollars, provider-led fundraisers, and subscriptions.

 

Funding Distribution

All incoming funding will be assigned to a specific category or “general.”

 

Needs-Based Providers

  • Mental Health

  • Physical Health

  • Socialization/Community Health

  • Food/Nutrition

  • Safety/Security

  • Housing

  • Clothing

  • Toiletries/Hygiene

  • Etc.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Need

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