The Joy Team
The Joy Team is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Vancouver, Washington. Founded in February 2010, The Joy Team actually began spreading joy in November 2009 when founder Michele McKeag Larsen and her daughter, Taryn Dehn Larsen hit the streets of Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, setting out notes of encouragement and inspiration. A month later, inspiration struck again in the form of a bus shelter promoting peace. Once that seed of an idea set in, thoughts stretched like roots and on February 19, 2010, when the Articles of Incorporation were filed a bright, fresh sprout shot up.
With a handful of inspired directors and a whole lot of excitement, where we go from here is largely up to the community as a whole. Just like rearing a child, raising joy takes a village.
Our mission is to build community by spreading joy, optimism and inspiration.
We carry out this mission through various projects, all of which begin by helping people shift into a positive frame of mind through the incredible power of positive words.
- In 2010 we put up 28 billboards, effectively putting 25.9 million seeds of joy out into the world.
- In 2011 we involved over 300 people in spreading positive messages in 3 countries and 22 U.S. states with the first annual Chalk the Walks.
- In 2012 we started The Junior Joy Team in January for children ages 5-12 to discover the warmth of spreading joy and building community. By May we began partnering with Hough Elementary to bring JOY Assemblies to 300 school kids. We also started the PB & JOY Project, which wraps peanut butter with positive messaging for hungry kids.
Will you join our team?