COVID-19 letters Collective

in partnership with Adobe

introduction

Dear Stranger,

 

Thank you for finding your way to this site! With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting lives around the world, many of us may feel confused, lonely, overwhelmed, and scared. But you are not alone! Hope is often best received by example. With others’ stories of support, healing, powering through, or even just processing things slowly but surely, we hope that you give yourself the permission to be unglamorous, heroic, human - whatever makes you feel more you and brings some light back in your life.

 

With this goal in mind, Letters to Strangers is proudly and gratefully partnering with Adobe on the COVID-19 Letters Collective. Using the remixable Adobe Spark templates provided, you can record an anonymous audio letter to support those who need encouraging or simply relatable words during this time. You can share words of encouragement for others or share your own experience– we’ll sort these letters by themes and share the appropriate and relevant themed collections with community organizations such as nursing homes, hospitals, and more. 

To get started, follow the steps below!

record your audio letter

Please read our sample letters and letter-writing guidelines before you record! You can choose to write out your letter first and read it when recording, or you can come up with it as you record, but we ask you to follow our letter-writing guidelines to keep this community a friendly and supportive space

 

  1. Click here to access the remixable Adobe Spark template

  2. Create an Adobe ID if you don’t have one already - it’s free!

  3. Record you audio letter by using the narrate button on slide #3 

  4. Customize slide #3 by changing the background image for your own, but remember to keep things anonymous! That means: don’t mention any personal details, such as your name, your address, or your exact workplace and job title. Please also avoid shooting a video or using images with your face in it. 

submit & nominate

1. Submit your letter to our form

 

After you’ve finished making your video, please fill out this submission form to add it to our queue. We’ll choose a select few to be featured every week on our website! The rest of the letters will also be made available in a separate document so that others can view your video even if you aren’t featured at that moment. Please note that we reserve the right to not link to your video if we find that there is any inappropriate content.

 

2. Nominate a community partner

 

If you know of an organization that would like to receive a compilation of these letters, please fill out this form here! We’re happy to put together a compiled video of letters for that organization based on relevant themes. Please note that this may take some time, so don’t be afraid to follow up if you don’t hear back within a week. Also note that we reserve the right to decline a partnership if we find that the group you nominated conflicts with our organizational values.

love, a stranger

That’s all for now! If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, don’t hesitate to contact us. We know this is a tough time. Maybe words can only do so much, but the echoing of silence in our own heads may be far more sinister. We hope that at least, with these letters, you get a chance to hear your own thoughts out loud and know that they matter. That you can listen to a stranger’s voice and remember that we are fighting this together. And that is where the power shines.

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