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Tue Apr 2, 2013, 10:06 AM

** HELP a DUer: Show What Community Really Means **

(I was previously given permission by Skinner to post periodically about http://www.wishadoo.org, especially when it involves DUers, with this required disclaimer: "The administrators of Democratic Underground have given permission for one discussion thread on this topic. The administrators of Democratic Underground make no claims regarding the legitimacy or illegitimacy of this fundraising effort. Permission was granted by Skinner on 8/6/2010, and the moderators have been notified.")




EDIT TO ADD that, in spite of the misery and despair all around, there is GOOD NEWS going on in the world, and we're posting it in the new group GOOD NEWS. Join us!

If you're not familiar with Wishadoo, please see my journal for previous posts.


I NEED YOUR HELP, AS A COMMUNITY. PLEASE. It will surely come as no surprise to anyone here that the needs of DUers outweigh the number of DUers who see these posts and have the ability to help. I'm not only talking about financial support; we need more eyeballs and people to gather for emotional support and advice as well. I need your help in spreading the word about Wishadoo! The tools are there; I need help making more people aware of them. My time, energy, creativity and resources are severely limited at the moment.

Please click here for easy ways to help spread the word.

I've previously suggested one creative way of raising money for DUers and others via auctions, using Wishadoo's Marketplace (like "ebay for good").

Honestly, my personal situation is very, very dire right now right along with many of you. I have so much already developed and built concerning Wishadoo! and spin-off projects, and other ideas waiting in the wings, but the business of survival and hamster-wheel existence of trying to find more work when over 40 and drowning in everything has taken a toll as of this morning. I am open to suggestions. About anything. I've always wanted for Wishadoo! itself to be a member-owned co-op, so maybe enough are realizing the beauty of co-ops and want to be part of moving Wishadoo! in that direction? If so, please let me know. Thanks. And, as always, A HUGE THANK YOU to the many people who have helped Wishadoo! and other DUers in many ways already. You are appreciated tremendously.



NOW, to focus on other DUers in need....

Click the DU name to see their Wishlist post. Please keep in mind that, even if you can't help financially (not all needs are financial), there are other ways to be supportive. Simple acknowledgment means THE WORLD; it takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there and ask out loud this way. As we work toward legislative changes to ease the needless suffering of so many, we also need to simultaneously come together and have the courage to ask, offer, give, receive, and pay it forward. Most of the Wishlist posts are a direct result of the lack of a social safety net and lack of jobs. You can contact these DUers directly via Wishadoo or here at DU with any questions. Some posts have convenient donate widgets embedded for you to see the progress of their individual fundraising needs.

(BTW, I swear PayPal works differently for every single account. If you have the option to select "Personal" and then "other," that should eliminate any fees. But, in my experience, those options aren't always provided.)

If there are other forums here at DU where this can be shared, would you please do so for me? Thanks.


* The newest DUer Wishlist post is from long-time DUer, oxymoron:

"I've come here to Wishadoo in hopes of enlisting the kindness of strangers and friends, get resource suggestions, job recommendations...anything.

I was transferred to Denver last year, and my brother, who has AIDS, accompanied me. I have since been diagnosed with MS. My Mom's health is rapidly deteriorating and we need to get back home to Portland, OR as soon as possible. Monies used will be for moving our household, breaking our lease, and getting an appropriate place in Portland.

I am also looking for work there; transferring is not an option, unfortunately. I am a major account manager with a background in the Transportation (moving) Industry and have working with the likes of Boeing, Amazon, T-Mobile, State Farm and many others. Any donation would be greatly appreciated.

I am in my 50's and finding new employment is not easy in these times, even with extensive experience. Add my new diagnosis to the mix, and it's even more complicated, and stress certainly exacerbates everything. This is urgent for my family."

There is a PayPal button at the Wishlist post.



* rbrnmw has been under extraordinary stress for a long time, and recently you may recall that her father passed away. Please offer good vibes, well wishes and/or prayers regarding her father, and any other support you can offer regarding her s situation.

* You gamers and those of you who know gamers can help fulfill new, non-monetary Wishlist post by DUer, Akoto. He also happens to have an excellent OP in GD now discussing being disabled.



There are more...so many more. Please peruse the Wishlist or check my journal to see the list of previous highlighted Wishlist posts by DUers.


PLEASE ALSO:

* Recommend this thread and keep it kicked for visibility;

* Please scan the Wishlist in general on a regular basis; some posts are simply asking for information. It's not always about money.

* ACKNOWLEDGE these courageous people who have made themselves vulnerable by asking for help. Please offer whatever support you can (information, advice, well wishes, financial or other support, etc.)

* Share Wishadoo! with others (online and in person)...your friends, loved ones, neighbors, co-workers, other networks and organizations; after all, the more who gather...



* * * * *

ABOUT WISHADOO!:
Anyone is welcome to use the tools at Wishadoo, so long as the Terms of Service are adhered to (basically "play nice" and don't lie). This includes creating posts in the Wishlist, a "craigslist of compassion." Most of us are struggling with one thing or another, and as you'll see, there are many categories in the Wishlist to cover a variety of issues/needs.

Wishadoo! is a comprehensive portal providing tools, resources and inspiration to connect, help/be helped, and cultivate compassion, cooperation and authentic community in myriad ways, online and in our own "backyards." Wishadoo!'s tools have been designed to integrate and be of service to all sectors of community: individuals, neighborhoods, schools, organizations and businesses.

The Wishlist is where we can ask, offer, give, receive and pay it forward. If you create a Wishlist post, let me know your DU name, and I can start to do weekly or biweekly threads such as this to highlight DUers' needs and offerings.

Any contributions to Wishadoo! itself go toward the cost of maintaining the site, NOT toward any Wishlist posts. That takes place one on one, between Wishadoo! members. If you are able to help with costs to keep the site going, I'd appreciate your generosity tremendously and will be forever indebted.
http://www.wishadoo.org/support-wishadoo/


MANY, MANY thanks to those who have already
helped support Wishadoo! in various ways!



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Reply ** HELP a DUer: Show What Community Really Means ** (Original post)
OneGrassRoot Apr 2013 OP
Helen Reddy Apr 2013 #1
OneGrassRoot Apr 2013 #4
grantcart Apr 2013 #2
niyad Apr 2013 #3
yellerpup Apr 2013 #5
LineReply .
mmonk Apr 2013 #6
cate94 Apr 2013 #7
myrna minx Apr 2013 #8
Sienna86 Apr 2013 #9
OneGrassRoot Apr 2013 #10
freemay20 Apr 2013 #11
riderinthestorm Apr 2013 #12
LineReply .
mmonk Apr 2013 #13
Doremus Apr 2013 #14
oxymoron Apr 2013 #20
Doremus Apr 2013 #15
OneGrassRoot Apr 2013 #23
Doremus Apr 2013 #28
dixiegrrrrl Apr 2013 #16
Le Taz Hot Apr 2013 #17
demmiblue Apr 2013 #18
nenagh Apr 2013 #19
OneGrassRoot Apr 2013 #24
oxymoron Apr 2013 #21
OneGrassRoot Apr 2013 #25
Mnemosyne Apr 2013 #22
OneGrassRoot Apr 2013 #26
chervilant Apr 2013 #27
OneGrassRoot Apr 2013 #33
Kali Apr 2013 #29
orleans Apr 2013 #30
Kurovski Apr 2013 #31
Le Taz Hot Apr 2013 #32
OneGrassRoot Apr 2013 #34
Lifelong Protester Apr 2013 #35
OneGrassRoot Apr 2013 #36
sabrina 1 Apr 2013 #37
OneGrassRoot Apr 2013 #38
sabrina 1 Apr 2013 #39
OneGrassRoot Apr 2013 #40
OneGrassRoot Apr 2013 #41
ellisonz Apr 2013 #42

Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 10:14 AM

1. OneGrassRoot

 

YOU are one of the most empathetic women with whom I have had the pleasure.

A shining light of warmth and comfort.

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Response to Helen Reddy (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 10:18 AM

4. ...

Thank you, Helen Reddy.



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 10:16 AM

2. kick and r

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 10:18 AM

3. keeping it kicked

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 10:35 AM

5. Kick and Recommend!

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to help.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 11:07 AM

6. .

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 11:16 AM

7. K & R

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 11:29 AM

8. K&R

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 12:03 PM

9. Excellent

Keep us posted on how we can help.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 01:21 PM

10. I don't understand how these posts get off the front page...

within the first few hours.





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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 01:32 PM

11. K & R EOM

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 03:06 PM

12. Mid afternoon kick back to the top! nt

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 03:27 PM

13. .

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 03:52 PM

14. @oxymoron

I would definitely counsel you to keep your current job. Especially in light of your recent diagnosis.

Can your brother tend to your mother for the foreseeable future? Can the two of you hire caregivers for her until one of you can stay with her permanently?

Giving up your job should be your very LAST resort, imo. It will be difficult if not impossible to find another.

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Response to Doremus (Reply #14)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 07:32 PM

20. Thanks for the sage advice, Doremus

Unfortunately, I help my brother financially as well. I am really hoping that my experience will help me get something in my industry in Portland.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 03:55 PM

15. @onegrassroot

Can you elaborate on your personal situation a little more?

What kind of help do you need right now?

I'm sure lots of us are willing to help but need more info. Thanks.

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Response to Doremus (Reply #15)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 08:56 PM

23. You're very kind Doremus...

and I appreciate you taking the time to respond.

My personal situation is like so many these days: a struggle each day to maintain food, shelter and utilities. Nothing fancy.

I lost half of my income over a year ago and haven't been able to get more work; having struggled for so long before that, I have no safety net whatsoever. (In addition to social entrepreneurial ventures, I have always kept food on the table by doing transcription/marketing/PR for medical clinics, as well as freelance writing and editing projects. One of my two big accounts went out of business, hence my income being cut in half.)

Growing Wishadoo!, with the intention of generating some revenue -- it is a social enterprise, after all -- has been very difficult given the daily struggle. (It's amazing how much time and energy it takes to look for work these days; much more than actually DOING the work, imho. And, of course, anyone who has started a business knows how much time, energy and resources that requires over the years. I haven't worked less than 60 hours a week in some capacity since 1993. I have had one week-long vacation in that same amount of time. I don't mind working hard; I don't know how to do otherwise, quite frankly.)

As mentioned in the OP, if others would please help spread the word about Wishadoo!, that is what would help tremendously. I still believe positive word of mouth via social media can be worth more than any traditional advertising budget.

Ideally, if I could find a handful of sponsors/partners of integrity to help sustain Wishadoo (and me) as I continue to develop and expand, that would be almost miraculous at this point. But it's a Catch-22 in that obtaining such sponsors/partners is less likely until the community itself is larger and more established.

So, helping me grow Wishadoo! is how others can help me at this point. Other than a patron or wealthy benefactor or freelance work to help keep my head above water, there's no way anyone can help my personal situation. I just want to see what I've been working toward get to a point of sustaining me on this planet. Again, I don't need much and don't ask for much; simply to be able to afford to exist.

I'm far from alone. There are tens of millions just like me across the US. Ideally, some of these projects I want to develop would create jobs and income for others as well.

I need an oxygen mask for myself at the moment.

Sorry to whine, and that's probably too much information, but hopefully that answers your question. Thank you again for asking.




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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #23)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 10:38 PM

28. K&R for the night shift.

I'm so sorry to hear about your situation, OGR.

Sending all the positive vibes I can muster because that's all I have right now.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 05:10 PM

16. kick and rec 'n stuff.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 05:16 PM

17. K & R

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 05:21 PM

18. K&R... I wish I could do more. n/t

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 07:07 PM

19. You are amazing OneGrassRoot....

Thank you for all you do....

Wish I had an email list to share.....

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Response to nenagh (Reply #19)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 09:00 PM

24. ...

You are amazing. All of us coming together in our own way is pretty amazing.

Kicking these threads helps tremendously. No worries about not having an email list.





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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 07:34 PM

21. Thank you, OneGrassRoot. You do such good work. And thank you to the person that donated.

It is greatly appreciated.

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Response to oxymoron (Reply #21)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 09:00 PM

25. ...



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 08:11 PM

22. OGR,

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Response to Mnemosyne (Reply #22)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 09:01 PM

26. Back atcha, my friend...



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 09:25 PM

27. In addition to a HUGE K&R,

I want everyone to know that you, and this awesome resource you've created, kept me from being homeless!!

I cannot WAIT for the day I am financially able to give back!

(I don't know if you got my email, so I want you to know that S'n'C came through for me! So, barring any unforeseen emergencies, I should be able to make it.)







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Response to chervilant (Reply #27)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 06:35 AM

33. Yes, dear...

I am so sorry I didn't reply. Thank you for the update and I'm SO GLAD!!!!



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 11:21 PM

29. kick

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 03:27 AM

30. late night kick for luck. n/t

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 03:36 AM

31. K&R. (nt)

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 04:54 AM

32. Kicky Poo for OGR

My favoritest DUer.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Reply #32)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 06:35 AM

34. You rock...





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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 08:20 AM

35. Keeping it kicked, and giving a rec!

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 10:21 AM

36. kick n/t

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 10:38 AM

37. I recommended Wishadoo to a friend a while ago. She had a little puppy

they had adopted whose leg was broken and who had been in a cast from the time they got him. They had hoped that it would heal. The shelter was unable to pay (they are overwhelmed with homeless animals) as the costs to try to save his leg went up. Finally the vet had said he needed another operation which would cost over $2,000.00. They could not afford it, they did not want to give him up as the children and the adults loved him by then.

I told her about Wishadoo and she posted his story there. She received some help immediately from some very kind readers. We got the rest from other people, friends etc. Eventually, the vet said the leg could not be saved and it would be much better for the puppy to remove it as he could not play or run and the bone had deteriorated too much.

It was a very difficult decision for them to make, but the happy ending is that the vet was right, they were able to pay for the removal of the leg, and for the first time, after he recovered, the puppy was able to run and play and the loss of his leg does not hamper him at all.

So thanks to those on Wishadoo who started the ball rolling and all the others who gave the puppy and his people, two little girls, a mom and dad, a new, happy life.

I love what you are doing and hope it continues to grow.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #37)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 10:58 AM

38. THAT MAKES ME SO HAPPY!

Thank you so very, very much for sharing that, sabrina1!

I needed that.

I sent you a PM (two, actually).



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #38)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 11:02 AM

39. Check your email, I sent you one too.

No problem, I hope Wishadoo grows as it is a wonderful idea and we need more news about the good people in this world and there are many of them.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 04:56 PM

40. kick n/t

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Wed Apr 3, 2013, 08:52 PM

41. kick n/t

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 02:59 PM

42. Kick.

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