Sat Mar 2, 2013, 08:16 AM
OneGrassRoot (21,039 posts)
Shop for Good (help and be helped)
Yeah, yeah, it's me again, with my Pollyanna-Ass Self (my new nickname).
If you aren't familiar with the Wishadoo|Helper a DUer posts here at DU, please see my journal.
As more people need a helping hand financially due to the lack of social safety nets (and jobs), the DU Community has a harder and harder time coming together to help everyone.
It's brutal out there.
It's why I ask you to also invite your other friends, relatives, neighbors and communities -- online and off -- to please join us at Wishadoo! After all, the more who gather, the more we can do to come together and help one another in various ways, ways we can't yet imagine, especially given the stress so many are under to just get through each day.
There are already new Wishlist posts to share here and I'll be creating a new OP soon, but I wanted to introduce another way we can possibly help others financially, while simultaneously providing more exposure for our entrepreneurs and creatives here at DU.
In an attempt to make this process of helping one another FUN instead of so laborious and draining as it can be after a while, especially when we see the ongoing needs, what about having AUCTIONS? Evidently this was done previously to help DUers who were devastated after Katrina, with great success (I was here then but don't remember this).
Wishadoo!'s Marketplace is set up much like ebay, with "buy now" and "auction" options. One DUer has already offered her tie-dye creations and more to be auctioned to raise money for DUer Wishlist posts. Another has offered a signed book. Yet another has offered to contribute a horseback riding class to this effort.
There are brilliant people here at DU. What are some outside-the-box ideas that could generate a lot of attention for auction within the DU community? Lunch with a beloved DU member, perhaps?
Do you have a product/service/creation to offer for auction or to sell? If you are someone who is in dire need financially, it doesn't have to benefit a Wishlist post; you could simply use Wishadoo!'s Marketplace as another outlet to offer your products to the general public to raise money for yourself.
Also, did you know there is a DU MARKETPLACE? There is. Check it out as another place to share your creations/offerings with DUers. There are lots of different offerings there, including real estate. Do check it out.
We can work together in more creative ways to help fellow DU members -- and others -- in need, and maybe help ourselves in the process. Again, if you're part of a local community or another close-knit online community, the same tools at Wishadoo! can be used to help other communities' members as well.
Let me know what you think and if you'd like to be a part of the Wishadoo!'s Marketplace!, or if you have brilliant auction ideas.
As always, please K&R to keep this visible for others to see. Thanks.
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