The Wellness Collective is a consortium of neighbors helping neighbors through emergencies and onto a path of stability. Currently serving The Greater Pittsburgh Area, this membership collective allows everyday people to access immediate support and long-term solutions to necessities such as mental and physical health, housing, transportation, nutrition, education, and the like! We have several opportunities to come together, such as becoming a paid member, contributing to a a fundraiser to help a neighbor, hosting a fundraiser on behalf of TWC so that we can continue to support our neighbors, lending a hand, etc. Our goal is to not only provide support, but also to truly act as neighbors by assist each other in achieving stability and then celebrating together - near and far - when we collectively make it happen. No one should be forced into poverty or state-dependency. We are here to make it so that no one is.
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.
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 for The Collective will be raised through foundation dollars, provider-led fundraisers, and subscriptions.
All incoming funding will be assigned to a specific category or “general.”