Our goal is to provide you with support and information to help you along your journey. Whether for you, a relative, friend, or dear neighbor we are here for you.
WHAT WE DO
Our mission is to provide direct assistance, education, support services, and encouragement to empower and uplift those living with lupus and/or fibromyalgia in an effort to help them and their families face the challenges of these debilitating illnesses that receive little to no attention yet devastate so many lives.
What We Do
Social Butterflies objectives are:
- To provide support groups, educational resources, emergency financial assistance, scholarships, advocacy, and support research while raising awareness for illnesses that receive little to no attention yet threaten so many lives.
- To host educational activities and programs to raise awareness for lupus and fibromyalgia.
- To host events to raise funds to be used to provide financial assistance, guidance, and support to those who suffer from lupus and fibromyalgia.
- To support other non-profit organizations that further study, research, and aid individuals that suffer from lupus and fibromyalgia.
It is our vision that no one living with lupus or fibromyalgia will have to endure the challenges of these life-threatening illnesses alone. We envision Lupus and Fibromyalgia survivors uniting so their voices and needs will be heard to receive the support needed. They will no longer have to hide behind their masks, but instead, make these invisible illnesses visible for the world to see and understand.
WHAT WE OFFER
Social Butterflies Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to helping lupus and fibromyalgia survivors maintain their independence and get back to doing what they love. Our mission is to help meet unmet needs for medical expenses, financial assistance for medications and basic life necessities, as well as caregiving services. We focus our outreach efforts on underserved groups, such as working-class people impacted by chronic illness who may have regular challenges accessing essential care. We support anyone affected by lupus or fibromyalgia through the challenges of these misunderstood and sometimes devastating illnesses.
HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT US
Social Butterflies Foundation was created in the spirit of the butterfly’s transformation. Whether you are emerging from a difficult period in your life or looking to take flight into a new adventure, Social Butterflies can provide a lifeline of support.
Help Us Help Others: Become a Volunteer Committee Member
Social Butterflies Foundation has several free programs and services. Consider joining the committee for one or more of the following areas: Emergency Medical Financial Assistance, Scholarship, Fundraising, Finance, Wig Outreach, Care Outreach, Support Group, and Summit and Health Fair. You may also want to consider becoming a board member. Contact our Board Secretary, Catrina Clark, to let us know that you are interested in giving back to the community. Email email@example.com
Introducing the MySocialButterflies Online Store
Show your support for Lupus and Fibromyalgia Survivors and their families by purchasing one (or more) of our support paraphernailia. Perfect for our Butterfly Walks, support groups, or just running around town. See our entire collection at mysocialbutterflies.org
2022 Youth Honoree- Cynthia Tompkins
Children Live with Lupus Too
Each year for the Butterfly Walk for Lupus & Fibro, Social Butterflies Foundation recognizes a young lupus or fibromyalgia survivor. This year we are proud to present lupus warrior Cynthia Tompkins as our 2022 Youth Honoree.
“My name is Cynthia Tompkins and I am 14 years old. I am in the 9th grade and I attend Salem High School. I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) in June of 2017. I used to be a kid that loved to be outside enjoying playtime with my friends, but sometimes the pain and inflammation in my joints make that a challenge. I love to read books and one of my favorite reads is Nubia by L. L. McKinney and Robyn Smith. When I am not reading, I play video games with my friends online. I also like to watch animated cartoons and spend time with my family. I have not decided exactly what I want to do when I graduate high school. I am just focusing on being strong each day and pressing forward to the be me I can be. Lastly, I would like the thank the Social Butterflies Foundation for choosing me for this honorable experience. I cannot express in words how excited I am to be your golden child..lol. But seriously thank you all so much and to all my LUPIES stay strong and hold on to your FAITH, HOPE and always PRAY.”
Congratulations to Our 2022 Chastity R Corbett Scholarship Recipent- Hailey Benders!
On July 26th, Social Butterflies Foundation was very proud to present our college scholarship to Hailey Benders. Hailey is the daughter of a fibromyalgia warrior who graduated from Kecoughtan High School. She will be attending Virginia Wesleyan University in Norfolk this Fall. She aspires to be a Forensic Examiner. Join us in wishing her much success in all of her future endeavors. Congratulations Hailey on receiving the Chastity R. Corbett Scholarship!