Sometimes I conjure up big, bold ideas, but my implementation rate runs around 100%. Ooops! Make that 1% (sorry – went a bit manic on the zero key). My latest idea came after reading real life stories on the National Stroke Association’s Careliving Community. These stories are about families struggling to provide the level of care their loved ones deserve. I know these people are truly suffering — I remember all too well . They say time heals old wounds, but that doesn’t mean you ever forget.
When I recently heard a commercial for DonorsChoose, the swirly CFL bulb inside my brain slowly glowed to full intensity. That’s what we need, a DonorsChoose for caregivers, stroke survivors, or anyone needing help in recovering from a traumatic medical event. Being in the business of education, I am very familiar with DonorsChoose and how it has benefited some very special teachers and students in our local school system. If you haven’t heard of it, DonorsChoose is an online fundraising opportunity where a teacher describes her need, and inspired donors partially or fully fund the teacher’s project.
For weeks now I’ve been thinking about this “crowd funding” for caregivers idea, realizing its way beyond the scope of my time and ability, but wishing it could be a reality for my people (fellow caregivers).
What do you know? The AARP Bulletin was in today’s mail and inside was a story about a daughter raising money for her mother’s cancer therapy at IndieGoGo.com. I also learned about additional “crowd funding” opportunities such as GiveForward.com, GoFundMe.com, and YouCaring.com. So, it looks like I’m not the only one out there with ambitious ideas. Thank goodness for the folks out there with the “smarts” to make big things happen.
If you know a family suffering from a major medical event that would benefit from additional rehabilitation, respite care, or help with travel expenses to and from the hospital, maybe these sites can help. Better yet, if you want to feel what it’s like to better the world for someone by becoming a donor, visit one of these communities, find a story that touches your heart, and give a helping hand — Donate.
Have you or someone you know benefited from “crowd funding”? Do you know of any additional funding opportunities that might help families in need of additional support?