Hope is close but it’s still so distant. It’s in our hands just to make it happen!”


Thanks for Visiting

We’ve been fans of the band Eyeshine since we first heard their music, and we’re excited about our partnership. We’ve kept in touch ever since the band won our social justice prize – given in association with Campus Moviefest / College Battle of the Bands – for the song ALONE. This song shows what it feels like to be alone. Who hasn’t felt that way, at one time or another? Maybe that’s why “Alone” (Album “My Paper Kingdom”) was awarded as one of Top 15 Most Played Indie Artist’s songs by the IAIRA. Watch the band in a live, unplugged performance of the song at our 2009 In Harmony With Hope® award.

Later on, the band made a video in solidarity with the poor.

Our favorite lyric within this powerful video: “Hope is close but it’s still so distant. It’s in our hands just to make it happen!”


For many years, the band worked together with us to spread the message about how audience members can get involved in big and small ways.  Because, when you’re involved, you don’t have to feel alone and neither do the people you help.  We feel this partnership really has great potential to expand our reach, with a message of hope and involvement.   Because, whether or not we realize it, everything we do makes a ripple. Never underestimate your power to make a positive ripple.

What You Can Do? The Sky’s the Limit

Everyone is needed… that means YOU!

You can be a storyteller for change.  Musicians, Filmmakers, Artists, Writers – sometimes hard truths can be said in art that otherwise wouldn’t be spoken. Make your voice heard.  And student filmmakers, why not enter the Elfenworks Social Justice Category?  Don’t feel like an artist?  Your words still have power. Let someone know their involvement matters, and share this page with them. Use your online postings (FB, Twitter, or whatever) to spread the word about what you care about. Writers, consider joining a fiction forum, and spread messages of hope and positive ripples.

Every dollar counts – not just donation dollars, but the dollars you spend. Yes, shopping online is quick and cheap… but there’s more to the story. The 350 Project suggests if you spend $100, $68 will stay in your community if you patronize locally owned stores, $43 if you buy from a chain located in your town, and $0 if you buy online. Consider the quality of life you gain from having your favorite local shop… and then do your part to keep it alive. It’s an investment.

Share your stuff. Your extras could be useful at a homeless shelter or kids’ program. A used instrument could help a school or community music program (e.g., Guitars Not Guns).

Hope has power!  In the words of the band, “Hope is close but it’s still so distant. It’s in our hands just to make it happen!”  Get involved. And speak hope and truth and life over the lives of the people you care about, every day!

Inspire someone else. Tach or mentor someone who could learn from you, or who could use a role model or a friend. Become a big brother or big sister, or guide a youth group. Teach a child how to feel less stress, visualizing the Breathing ButterflyTeach someone to read, and open up a world of possibilities for them, forever.

Never give up!   If you try something and it doesn’t work as you’d expected, chalk it up to the “tuition of life.”   Just keep at it, in spite of anyone or anything that would tell you your efforts don’t matter.  They do.  They do!

Every day you’re breathing, you can make a positive difference. Start today!

There are also ideas at http://elfenworks.org/resources/ripple/, broken down by how much time you have available.  If you have a moment, why not tell us what you’re doing.  Also, we’d love to know what sparked  your interest. Was it a particular concert? Was it something in particular that was said?  Feedback helps us.

About the Band

Formed in 2004 by front man Johnny Yong Bosch and Maurice Salmin, Eyeshine first found success in 2006 with a unique blend of pop punk and post grunge called Edge Rock. The band gained a modest audience with its debut EP, “How About That” and their first full length album, “Red Stripes White Lights” but it was their sophomore effort, “My Paper Kingdom” that officially opened the flood gates in 2009. MPK featured their award winning song, “ALONE,” whose honest and simple lyrics made a connection to a steadily growing fan base. The band has continued to self produced 7 more albums: “Tone Of Echoes” (features the Elfenworks Foundation sponsored song “Hope Is So Far Away”), “Afterglow” (acoustic album), “Sonosis” (instrumental album), “Sansvox” (karaoke album), “XMAS” (Christmas album), their latest album “Revolution Airwaves,” and their latest acoustic album “Like Yesterday.”   In 2012, Eyeshine won the worldwide Ford sponsored “Gimme The Gig II” competition.

Feedback/Results During our Partnership

While we were active partners, we noticed a good deal of buzz, and traffic to this page. We also had one person write in, with positive feedback about the partnership:

I am happy to “like” such a great cause. I heard of your organization through Eyeshine and couldn’t be happier that you are giving them your support. I can tell you now that their music has gotten me and several others through many tough times. Hopefully we can all work together to further the reach of these hopeful, uplifting and positive messages to help even more people! Thanks for everything you have done and will do in the future. – BV

We couldn’t agree more. Working together, we can make one intense, positive ripple.  As Eyeshine would say, “it’s in our hands just to make it happen.”