We Need Your Help
A Request from Ed Chasteen
HateBusters is a 501 c-3 non-profit organization. We teach people how to like people and how to oppose hate. We go into elementary schools, middle schools and high schools and teach students how to talk to each other so they can help and not hurt one another. With our book, How To Like People Who Are Not Like You, we show students how to like themselves, their families and people of other races and religions.
When a cross is burned or hate shows itself in some other form, people call us to come and help redeem the situation. We have been invited by governors and mayors, by churches and other faith communities, by civic clubs and ordinary citizens. We were invited to the White House Hate Crimes Conference. We never say no when we are asked to come and we never charge fees when we go.
We do have expenses. Our office expenses, including computer, Internet, web page, postage, utilities, rent and office supplies comes to $300. per month. Travel by car within the Kansas City metropolitan area costs another $300. per month.
If we can raise $600. per month, HateBusters can continue its work. All of us donate our time because we believe that what we do must be done. We are willing and even eager to donate our time, but we do not have the money to pay for what needs to be done. We cannot bring ourselves to ask for money from those who need our help. They often are desperate for immediate help. Their money is needed for other things and they would not call us if they had to pay.
So we turn to you. We believe that good people who believe in what we do will provide the support we need. If only 100 people would send us six dollars each month, we could continue our work. If more than 100 people could send us $6.00 each month, we could expand our work. All contributions to HateBusters are tax deductible.
Here Is What People Say about HateBusters
"This program could make a wonderful and positive impact, not only here on Coe campus, but in the Cedar Rapids community as a whole. May God bless your mission richly." College student
"Ed, you are astonishing, courageous, spellbinding. I'm 18 years old and don't believe in myself. You've helped me see what life is about." Job Corps student
"I am in awe. It's good to hear someone who understands how to be a player in the game." Church member
"You are a crank who turns the world. You are audacious for goodness. You are courageous in facing adversity. You inspired me! Your vigor is contagious. You are a breath of fresh air." Child care worker
"You are a blessing. What you say is so enlightening. Everyday is a new day for me and for the children I assist daily. I feel like God has given me this profession even though I am an RN." Hospital nurse
"It is estimated that over 100,000 school children carry a gun to school every day and an average of 14 children per day are killed at school as a result of inter-student acts of violence. Ed Chasteen and his HateBusters were willing to come into our schools and address the problem directly and courageously with students. They mingled among them, sharing one-on-one and reaching out to them in a way that most adults won't do. Our students were moved by this willingness." parent, Hemet, California
"Chasteen stood on a stage at William Jewell College, the sole white link in a hand-in-hand chain of black students. Stan Fuller, a sophomore, wrote a part just for Chasteen into his play about young black males. I wanted Ed because this is Ed's kind of thing," Fuller said. "In the play, that character he's talking to hates whites with a passion, but Ed will see some good in him." The Kansas City Star
Invite us and we will come.
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