Learning about The Love and Literature Project: An Interview with Aña Cavaretta
As someone who's created a small organization from the ground-up, I know how difficult it can be. There's so much that goes into it, but with enough heart, passion, and determination...great things can happen. Aña Cavaretta, founder of The Love and Literature Project, certainly possess all those qualities and she is certainly doing great things. Her new non-profit is a beacon of love, acceptance, and awareness in the writing community, and I'm so grateful to have had the chance to interview her about it.
So, Aña, what is the Love and Literature Project?
The LALP is, first and foremost, an organization dedicated to helping others. Our main objectives are to advocate for mental health, uplift creatives, and make our members feel less alone amidst the chaos of Covid-19. But there’s really something for everyone here, even if those things don’t apply to you. We provide all kinds of charitable, safe, and accessible amenities, and we’re constantly working to make our community better. Basically, we’re kind of a multifaceted organization that serves, in many ways, as a non-profit.
What inspired you to start this organization?
Well, there were many factors involved, and they all sort of fell together at the perfect time. I’ve been struggling with my mental health since I was incredibly young, and I always thought that there should be a universal community for people who felt the same way. A safe space, a support system. That’s what I initially set out to build. I’ve also been in the writing community for over a year now, and I wanted a chance to uplift other creatives. The last push I needed to found the LALP was Covid 19. With quarantine driving everyone up the wall, and the world in the state that it is, I’ve never seen the people in my life so... tired, and that includes me. There needed to be something to pick up the slack, to help those that were feeling alone, or scared, or stressed. I just hope we can do that.
Who is the LALP open to?
The LALP is open to all! Like I said, we think there’s something for everyone to enjoy, even if you aren’t mentally ill or a creative. If you like the sound of our content, you are totally welcome. The only exception to that rule is our Discord server, which is 16+. But none of our other platforms are age restricted!
What kind of services do you provide?
On our Discord, we offer friendly reminders and check-ins, to monitor the mental wellness of our members. We also host lots of fun activities to get everyone talking, such as movie nights, game nights, and conversation prompts. On our social media, such as Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr, we provide mental health tips, discussions, and resources. We also do creative shout-outs, mini games, check-ins, and a lot more! On our website, we post interviews, long-form discussions, long-form advice, etc. And we host larger events, like charity auctions, competitions, and challenges across all our platforms!
As the founder, what are your hopes and dreams for the LALP?
In an ideal world, I would love for us to grow, to reach as many people as possible, and to continue to host fun and accessible events... but realistically, my crew and I are all pretty young, and we have obligations of our own. Considering the fact that I regularly struggle with debilitating mental health issues on top of that, it’s hard to put my all into this organization. All I can ask for is the opportunity to make people happy, to let them know that they aren’t alone. If we succeed in that, then that’s good enough for me.
Where can people find the organization?
You can find us on Instagram (@ loveandlitproject), Twitter (@ Love_LitProject), Tumblr (@ theloveandlitproject), Discord (our server is linked on all of our platforms), and our website (www.loveandlitproject.com)! All our links can be found in my Instagram bio as well!
Finally, anything exciting coming up you'd like to promote?
We’re actually planning our first charity auction right now, which should be happening in the summer! The LALP is going to be raising money for Covenant House, an organization dedicated to helping homeless youth, and we are taking all the donations we can get! There’s more information on our Instagram, if anyone is interested! Any and all help is super appreciated.
A huge thanks to Aña Cavaretta for taking the time for this interview. Make sure to check out The Love and Literature Project and support this wonderful organization!
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