Overseas Yes! Military Family Support Websites
Overseas Yes! Military Family Support Websites
Help us raise funds to develop and run new websites in support of US military families in overseas locations around the globe.
Help us raise funds to develop and run new websites in support of US military families in overseas locations around the globe. Read more
About this project
On average, most military families move every three years. They pick up and start over Every Three Years. New houses, new jobs, new schools, new friends… and sometimes these families are called to move overseas where everything – from the language to road signs and even the food - is foreign, and sometimes scary.
At Overseas Yes, our goal is to help these military families make a smooth transition to life overseas. Over the last eight years we have established four successful websites around the world: OkinawaHai.com, GermanyJa.com, KoreaYe.com and TurkeyTamam.com.
Seoul, South Korea via @Korea_Ye on Instagram
Our goal is to turn the panic and fear sometimes related to overseas moves into excitement and confidence for these courageous military families; we help them transition from "Overseas?! Yikes!" to "Overseas?! Yes!".
Our websites provide information about moving abroad: what to bring, how to arrange pet transportation, reviews of housing and schools, and tips about what to expect on arrival. Additionally, we have hundreds of articles that help families really live while they are overseas, with restaurant reviews, shopping information, activities, cultural experiences and bucket lists.
Okinawa, Japan via @Okinawa_Hai on Instagram
Overseas Yes network sites are interactive communities; our readers are our writers. The content on each of our sites is updated multiple times each week; we invite community members to ask questions and leave comments on articles, and interact with each other through our social media accounts.
Antalya, Turkey via @Turkey_Tamam on Instagram
HOW YOUR DONATIONS WILL BE USED
For every $5,000 raised we will be able to create a whole new website. The first $1000 covers the website design/setup. The additional $4000 gives us the funds to pay local managers and writers, and cover IT and maintenance costs for the first year. After that point the sites will have developed enough advertising income to support themselves.
By the end of 2015 we hope to launch new network sites in Bahrain, mainland Japan and Guam. We also plan to redesign and rebrand our existing Germany Ja website to include all European duty stations, including Italy, Rota, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK.
Any additional funds raised above and beyond the $20,000 needed to launch and run these four new websites will go directly back into the continued growth and expansion of our existing sites. We have many ideas and goals to make them even more functional and usable; your support will help us get there more quickly.
As a note: Overseas Yes is not a non-profit organization, and as such any donations made through this campaign are not tax-deductible.
Munich, Germany via @Germany.Ja on Instagram
We'd love to provide a whole selection of physical goodies and products to thank you for your donations. However, we suspect if you've moved as frequently as we have, you just don't have the inclination to pack up yet another mug, promotional t-shirt or keychain. That's why we're demonstrating our gratitude in the way we best know how: online.
If you choose to support us at or above the Backpacker level, please enter your name as you would like it publicly displayed, i.e. John Smith, John S. or The Smith Family, etc. Joining us at the Explorer level brings you on as a graphic design consultant to vote on our final logo designs for each new website. An update with a link to the voting site will be sent to you as each new site is funded. At the Frequent Flier level, we will contact you at the end of the week in which you pledge to collect any website/blog URL that you would like highlighted.
If you have ever been abroad, you know that you must bring your own bags with you when shopping locally. We'd like to thank those of you who are able to donate a bit more at the Voyager level with an Overseas Yes tote bag. It's a great way to bring home your haul from the farmer's market AND show off your support for Overseas Yes.
You can even choose which logo you'd like from any of our sites - including the new ones! (Image is a representation of this item; the final product may be slightly different since we will not produce these until the campaign has reached its goal.)
These bags are only being produced as a thank you gift for backers of this campaign and will not otherwise be available for purchase.
If you found this fundraiser because you're already an Overseas Yes reader, you'll know that since 2011 we have produced and sold annual calendars featuring the photography of those living on Okinawa.
This fall we will create an exclusive 2016 Overseas Yes wall calendar featuring stunning images from each of the locations where we currently have websites, and also including photographs from the regions we hope to serve in the future.
This calendar will only be available as a thank you gift at the Globetrotter level through this campaign, and will not be available for purchase at any time. We will ship to US, APO/FPO and foreign addresses; these calendars will be created and shipped out by mid-November of this year.
Special thanks to Inflight Creations for creating our video; to our graphic designer, Designs by Loralee, for creating our Overseas Yes logos and the thank you cards you'll be receiving soon; to Ken at The Pirates Lair for producing & shipping our tote bags; and to our IT company, Digavise, for keeping our websites functional and our readers safe from the many hazards of being online.
And to YOU! We cannot thank you enough for your support. The success of all of our websites is entirely dependent on the communities that have helped grow them, by writing fresh, new content, leaving helpful comments and lending your advice to those who need it most.
Even if you cannot support us financially, we appreciate you spreading the word. Please share this campaign on Facebook, Twitter, or wherever you think you’ll find folks who’ll appreciate what we’re trying to do here at Overseas Yes.
Risks and challenges
PS - Kickstarter wants us to let you know what risks are associated with donating to this campaign... and for us those risks are minimal - we have the creation process for new sites pretty much down pat. When working with technology there are always tricky bits, but luckily we have a great IT and design team that helps us over those hurdles. We already have local managers in place in each of our potential new site locations who are just itching to get started working to develop new content for these sites. Our main challenge in successfully launching these new websites is money... and time. (Anyone have a few more hours in the day they'd like to loan us?)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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