Erin Epperson
Erin Epperson's Fundraiser

One wave sets thousands in motion.

Support our Violence Prevention outreach and peacemaking work

$500 towards $650

Many of you know that as part of Thousand Waves I help teach the skills of boundary setting, conflict resolution, and verbal de-escalation--as well as physical self-defense skills--to people across the spectrum of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. We partner with organizations all over the city of Chicago serving victims of domestic violence, homeless and insecurely housed youth, LGBTQ organizations, immigrants and refugees, college-aged women, and many others. Year to date in 2017, we have served 584 students in 18 different programs, both onsite and through outreach. This year we've been especially happy to provide free bystander intervention trainings in response to heightened community demand.

But we need your help to continue this important work.


Thousand Waves is a mission-driven not-for-profit in the city of Chicago that has been active in the community for over 32 years with a mission to foster fitness, healing, empowerment, and peacemaking.

Spirit Challenge Fundraiser supports Thousand Waves' work in three critical areas:

  • Scholarships, which provide funding for children and adults who wouldn't otherwise be able to study karate or self-defense.
  • Adapted Seido Karate (ASK), a partnership with Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago that provides karate for youth with disabilities.
  • Self-Defense/Violence Prevention, which provides Self-defense and Bystander Intervention workshops and courses all over the city.

Thousand Waves' name comes from the Japanese saying, "One wave sets thousands in motion." Just one donation will go a long way to helping me meet my goal for Thousand Waves. Thank you for your support!