Three out of four people with a mental illness report having experienced stigma. Stigma unfairly robs them of the opportunities that define a good quality of life: employment, safe housing, and satisfactory health care, to mention only a few. At Putnam Clubhouse we strive to educate and advocate on behalf of the greater mental health community. Putnam Clubhouse members (program participants), staff, board members, friends, and community partners will gather on Friday, July 20th to clean up a corridor of Willow Pass Road in Concord, California. Our cleanup campaign, Sweep Away Stigma, will bring the community together to raise awareness about the negative impact of stigma on people living with a mental illness while helping beautify Putnam Clubhouse’s neighborhood. Please consider sponsoring me for this event by visiting our website at www.PutnamClubhouse.org. Making a tax-deductible donation through this website is simple, fast, and totally secure. It’s also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. Many thanks for your support, and please forward this to anyone you think might want to donate, too! If you know anyone who might want to participate in the cleanup event itself, please ask them to visit [URL is not established yet] for more information. All proceeds from Sweep Away Stigma will be used to support Putnam Clubhouse programming. Your contribution will help provide adults in Contra Costa recovering from serious mental illness opportunities for employment, housing, education, friendship, and access to health services so they can achieve a sense of belonging and become fully engaged members of society. Everything you will need to help us clean will be provided. All participants will receive a certificate signed by Concord Mayor Edi Birsan. Together let’s Sweep Away Stigma!