Can we bring relief to every community impacted by the drought. No we can not. But we can help setup community op-shops in rural towns. Providing a longterm community solution that generates its own local ongoing funds, a social outlet and revitalises main streets.
Can we bring in the artists to bring back the colour to the dirt? 100% YES.
Can we revive rural towns suffering from low levels of engagement and anxiety? Of course we can. We can fundraise for artist to not only paint the Op-Shops but install artworks on main streets, creating a look and feel that is new and fresh.
Combine dull main streets with op-shops + op-shops with artists = Sustainable Longterm Community Solutions.
Transforming empty shopfronts on the main streets of our impacted towns is a huge boost to the townships moral, hope and future tourism opportunities.
The essence of What Would Love Do Now is joy: because we believe that with joy all the best things grow naturally. And art and colour brings joy.
Invite the local community to donate their odds and ends, their loveable lost things, their clothes that don’t fit – that giant rooster ashtray that was gifted in 2005 and those terracotta cups mum thought you might like. Round up the local community volunteers, connect with a local Job Provider Network (like Joblink Plus) – put it altogether and open a Local Community Op-Shop. Not backed by a church but backed by What Would Love Do Now? Which just happens to be the best question ever asked.
And then every rural community has an ongoing hub for social fundraising, permanently installed as an initial seed that can grow into a huge urban renewal project.
BENEFITS OF OP-SHOPS
- Everyone loves an op-shop and tourists will travel and stop whenever they see an op-shop and our little regional towns rely on visitors to keep our business’s open.
- Op-shops promote recycling, sustainability, and low environmental footprints.
- Op-shops bring the community together, providing a social outlet, a chat, volunteer opportunities and an OPEN shopfront.
- Op-shops are stocked with donated items and sell the items for a few dollars – providing a very economical way to shop for drought stricken locals.
- Op-shops raise funds that can be utilised by the community anyway they need at anytime.
- Op-shops can help families in emergencies, hardships and crisis. All items available at Op-shops can refurnish a home or provide warm clothes in winter.
- Op-shops don’t have to be drab they can be a splash of colour, light and love. Op-shops support the arts.
- Op-shops are solutions that provide longterm success for main streets struggling to stay open.
- Op-shops save locals on petrol, whom often have to drive very far to get their basic shopping done.
- Op-shops are an awesome local solution to keep people spirits up during a crisis such as the drought, and go a long way in getting the farmer, his family and their communities out of the drought better than when they went in.