Photo by Laura Wilson/Strings For Hope
It can often be overwhelming to turn a dream into reality. Moving from the idea stage to actually making a difference in the lives of others. I find inspiration from those who are changing the world in a positive way. On that note, I would like to share an interview I did with Laura Wilson, the founder of a non-profit organization, Strings For Hope. This organization takes used guitar strings and turns them into jewelry. The proceeds then go to fighting hunger.
Jim Woods (JW:) How did you come up with the idea of Strings for Hope?
Laura Wilson (LW:) I was intrigued by some guitar strings I saw land in the trash at the music store. I thought it was horrible to see wire with such great qualities on its own headed for the landfill. I pulled a few strings out of the trash and minutes later, a bracelet was born.
JW: When someone purchases some jewelry, what do the proceeds go to?
LW: Our goal is to fund food distribution centers, medical clinics, and schools in underserved areas both regionally and globally. Currently we are working with the local food bank to serve our own community plus a school based program in Honduras and another one in Kenya.
JW: Why did you choose to fight hunger?
LW: I’d heard our pastor talk about the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). In the story the master handed over his wealth to his servants before going away on a trip. To the one he had given the most went out and doubled his wealth. I have this freakishly blessed life. I have a wonderful family and a day job that lets me be creative and celebrate the huge geek in me. And it does a great job in paying the bills. I have much to be grateful for. So the story about the talents made me think about what I could do to multiply the talents in my life.
JW: Have you been able to connect with any Nashville musicians?
LW: We’re ramping up in that regard. We have a number of songwriters and local musicians already on board. In addition we’d love to partner with some national touring bands. I get a little giddy when I think about having a Grammy winner or two who have a Strings for Hope bracelet.
JW: What can guitarists all over do to help?
LW: Actually, we take used strings of ANY kind – guitar, bass, violin, banjo, mandolin. I’ve even had strings from a piano sent in! We are always in need of more. It doesn’t matter the type or condition – we can use them all! I’ll arrange pickup in the Nashville area but for those in other areas, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a shipping address.
JW: Is there anything else you would like to share?
LW: One of my favorite things is creating a custom order. I’ll turn your strings into a personalized piece of jewelry designed just for you. You can support Strings for Hope at our website www.stringsforhope.com and we’d love for you to LIKE us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stringsforhope.This summer you’ll find us at music festivals such as the Agapefest and the Nashville Earth Day Festival and many others.
I’d just like to thank Laura for this great interview. I love that her creativity is being used to help fight world hunger.
As a special bonus, Laura is generously giving away one set of jewelry including 1 bracelet, 1 necklace, and 1 ring. (value $52). I will choose one lucky person who leaves a comment.
Is there something you can do to help others?