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OneGrassRoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-14-08 11:20 AM
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68. There's also such a sense of isolation....
the internet can connect in wonderful, amazing ways, but we often don't know we have a neighbor, right next door, in dire need. Let alone his/her name.

This is my focus now. There are so many people like myself -- single mom, self-employed (, don't belong to church or other type of support organization.

For the last six months a dear friend and I have been trying to get a site ready to launch, with rather technical search features (like craigslist), but all with the intention of connecting people to help one another, be it for critical needs and/or lifelong dreams.

We say we are the givers and receivers, and it's where we can all be the missing piece.

I'm thinking of making the forum available ASAP since there are such needs. It could coalesce there and I could even set up a DU group.

Anyway, you can visit to get a feel for what we're doing.

I invite anyone to PM me with email for me to send invitation to forum. Or, if I get a lot of requests, I'll go ahead and make it public to view, no invitation.

The incredible need just hit like an avalanche this weekend and it may be best to simply release the forum and make public, and we can all work on this thing together.

The list aspect of the site, the main site, will take another week or two.

Grassroots. Person to person. We can all do this. One step at a time.

(But, darn, this human thing is so hard at times, isn't it? The suffering is overwhelming and threatens to paralyze.)
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  -Symbolman isn't the only one hurting on DU MartyL  Dec-13-08 01:57 PM   #0 
  - We could keep it kicked and anyone in need could mention themselves  sofedupwithbush   Dec-13-08 02:07 PM   #1 
  - It won't work.  The Backlash Cometh   Dec-13-08 02:32 PM   #6 
     - It may not work.....  Uben   Dec-13-08 03:23 PM   #7 
        - I didn't say that donating won't work. I said that the method that  The Backlash Cometh   Dec-13-08 04:19 PM   #11 
           - You are right  Uben   Dec-13-08 04:51 PM   #14 
           - Perhaps folks in dire need should if possible get a paypal account  ooglymoogly   Dec-14-08 11:26 PM   #129 
           - This site uses paypal  MartyL   Dec-14-08 01:10 PM   #86 
  - Yes, I know a DUer who is close to becoming homeless.  Cleita   Dec-13-08 02:17 PM   #2 
  - good questions!  MartyL   Dec-13-08 05:16 PM   #17 
  - I'm willing to take the chance of there being a few parasitic rip-off artists.  Jackpine Radical   Dec-14-08 10:57 AM   #64 
     - I agree  MartyL   Dec-14-08 12:32 PM   #79 
  - Maybe you could email them and ask if it would be OK.  jhrobbins   Dec-14-08 06:01 PM   #112 
  - K & R  1monster   Dec-13-08 02:21 PM   #3 
  - I've been there  AnnieBW   Dec-13-08 05:24 PM   #20 
     - I'm confused. Do you mean symbolman? I've been on DU for  juajen   Dec-14-08 11:53 PM   #132 
        - Yes. He lost his house and is now homeless.  BrklynLiberal   Dec-15-08 12:17 AM   # 
  - What a better place the world would be if we just *helped* those who need it...  AzDar   Dec-13-08 02:27 PM   #4 
  - Imagine  MartyL   Dec-13-08 07:16 PM   #23 
  - Fire up  Turbineguy   Dec-13-08 02:29 PM   #5 
  - Many of us are struggling just to keep our heads above water...  Ghost in the Machine   Dec-13-08 03:55 PM   #8 
  - What is the name of your website?  MartyL   Dec-13-08 04:54 PM   #15 
  - now I see your website- doh!  MartyL   Dec-13-08 06:44 PM   #22 
     - Thanks... I try to keep it up to date as much as possible..  Ghost in the Machine   Dec-13-08 07:31 PM   #25 
     - oops, I had no idea  MartyL   Dec-14-08 12:05 AM   #40 
        - No problem, brother...  Ghost in the Machine   Dec-14-08 04:34 PM   #105 
     - link doesn't work  williesgirl   Dec-14-08 09:51 AM   #56 
        - Which one?  MartyL   Dec-14-08 12:22 PM   #76 
  - Fwiw, if this is a Soc. Sec. claim, my husband got turned down twice too  Waiting For Everyman   Dec-13-08 05:21 PM   #18 
  - Yes, it's for Social Security Disability...  Ghost in the Machine   Dec-13-08 07:37 PM   #26 
  - A thought...  Waiting For Everyman   Dec-13-08 07:55 PM   #30 
  - My Senators are Lamar Alexander & Bob Corker.. my Congressman is Zack Wamp...  Ghost in the Machine   Dec-14-08 04:49 PM   #108 
     - Thank God for FDR and the New Deal, also for LBJ and medicare  juajen   Dec-15-08 12:17 AM   #134 
  - Getting a lawyer is smart. It took me 5 years to get  xxqqqzme   Dec-14-08 02:34 PM   #93 
     - My lawyer said that my age is part of the reason it's so hard, too..  Ghost in the Machine   Dec-14-08 04:44 PM   #107 
  - Have His Doc  otohara   Dec-14-08 10:52 AM   #63 
  - I'm in the same boat with you as far as SS/Disability Ghosty  shadowknows69   Dec-13-08 09:16 PM   #37 
  - At least we have some good company, huh? We'll just keep rowing (and bailing water) until  Ghost in the Machine   Dec-14-08 02:42 PM   #94 
  - I hear Texas is nice this time of year  MartyL   Dec-15-08 03:55 PM   #141 
  - I will be thinking of you  Irishonly   Dec-14-08 08:00 AM   #44 
  - Thank you, Irishonly  Ghost in the Machine   Dec-14-08 02:48 PM   #95 
  - arg!  lonestarnot   Dec-14-08 08:07 AM   #46 
  - lonestarnot!!  Ghost in the Machine   Dec-14-08 02:51 PM   #97 
  - If it wasn't for my wife we would have lost everything.  Seldona   Dec-14-08 08:21 AM   #49 
  - Best wishes to you and yours, Seldona...  Ghost in the Machine   Dec-14-08 03:18 PM   #100 
  - All I can tell those waiting for SS disability  Oldtimeralso   Dec-15-08 01:30 AM   #137 
  - Thank you.  Seldona   Dec-15-08 04:54 PM   #143 
  - I am in the same boat, the wife has a check coming in and lost my job in April.  sarcasmo   Dec-15-08 05:12 PM   #144 
     - I know.  Seldona   Dec-16-08 12:45 AM   #149 
  - I'll try to drive more people to your site. I love your site. BTW!  Joanne98   Dec-14-08 08:34 AM   #53 
  - Thank you, Joanne!  Ghost in the Machine   Dec-14-08 03:43 PM   #102 
  - I understand your situation  artfan   Dec-14-08 10:43 AM   #59 
  - It's a tough spot to be in, isn't it?  Ghost in the Machine   Dec-14-08 03:50 PM   #103 
  - Love your site  CitizenPatriot   Dec-14-08 11:12 AM   #67 
  - That is so cool!!!  MartyL   Dec-14-08 12:19 PM   #74 
  - Thank you so much, CitizenPatriot  Ghost in the Machine   Dec-14-08 03:55 PM   #104 
  - can you PM me please?  CitizenPatriot   Dec-14-08 11:39 AM   #70 
  - K&R  greyhound1966   Dec-13-08 03:57 PM   #9 
  - k & r n/t  hankthecrank   Dec-13-08 04:01 PM   #10 
  - Great idea!  FloridaJudy   Dec-13-08 04:22 PM   #12 
  - k & r  on the EDGE   Dec-13-08 04:33 PM   #13 
  - I wish I remembered the names of the DU angels who set up the  tblue37   Dec-13-08 09:01 PM   #35 
     - I do have them still in my inbox.  tblue37   Dec-13-08 09:09 PM   #36 
        - Are they still around?  MartyL   Dec-14-08 01:12 AM   #41 
           - I have seen LiberalLiz posting recently. I don't know about TAPat. nt  tblue37   Dec-14-08 08:02 PM   #117 
  - K&R A very good idea.  Waiting For Everyman   Dec-13-08 05:07 PM   #16 
  - yes  MartyL   Dec-13-08 05:23 PM   #19 
  - kicking for more ideas?  MartyL   Dec-13-08 06:33 PM   #21 
  - Shelter, food, clothing, health care are all human rights. Our government we the people need to  John Q. Citizen   Dec-13-08 07:18 PM   #24 
  - Oh I hear ya!  MartyL   Dec-13-08 07:40 PM   #28 
  - I think we need to do this in ALL of our communities.  Finnfan   Dec-13-08 07:39 PM   #27 
  - That's what I was thinking  MartyL   Dec-13-08 07:48 PM   #29 
  - What a great idea!! K&R  20score   Dec-13-08 07:58 PM   #31 
  - Kind of the DU verison of KIVA? Not just money, all things.  BrklynLiberal   Dec-13-08 08:21 PM   #32 
  - I heard of KIVA years ago & had completely forgotten about it,  CrispyQGirl   Dec-14-08 10:47 AM   #61 
     - There's also such a sense of isolation....  timeforarevolution   Dec-14-08 11:20 AM   #68 
        - "release the forum and make public, and we can all work on this thing together"  MartyL   Dec-14-08 12:21 PM   #75 
           - LOL!!! Thanks, MartyL!!!  timeforarevolution   Dec-14-08 12:26 PM   #77 
              - The first story is so inspiring!  MartyL   Dec-14-08 02:18 PM   #92 
                 - ...  CrispyQGirl   Dec-15-08 10:00 AM   #138 
  - I just read the symbolman thread again  MartyL   Dec-13-08 08:27 PM   #33 
  - In past years we have helped out DUers in need. Certain  tblue37   Dec-13-08 08:58 PM   #34 
  - K,R, and request for help for fellow DU'er  maryf   Dec-13-08 09:28 PM   #38 
     - Anyone have an extra laptop out there?  MartyL   Dec-13-08 11:08 PM   #39 
     - you could set up a fund for her, then purchase the laptop  MartyL   Dec-14-08 01:09 PM   #85 
        - Thank you MartyL  maryf   Dec-14-08 01:36 PM   #89 
  - Google adsense is a good idea at no cost . . .  DollyM   Dec-14-08 01:25 AM   #42 
  - I make about $100/month with AdSense. I expect to make more once  tblue37   Dec-14-08 08:05 PM   #118 
  - Wish I could help  davidthegnome   Dec-14-08 03:31 AM   #43 
  - K&R!  Blue State Native   Dec-14-08 08:06 AM   #45 
  - As I type this, we are getting ready to launch a site.....  timeforarevolution   Dec-14-08 08:14 AM   #47 
  - That's a great idea  Lorien   Dec-14-08 08:22 AM   #50 
  - I love the idea of your site!!  MartyL   Dec-14-08 12:16 PM   #73 
  - At this point do those in need outnumber those with solid footing?  Lorien   Dec-14-08 08:17 AM   #48 
  - I believe so. The needs are tremendous. But it's why I....  timeforarevolution   Dec-14-08 08:31 AM   #51 
     - I know we all think of churches as "place to go to get help", but that is sooo last century.  bobbolink   Dec-14-08 02:50 PM   #96 
        - Hi, bobbo....  timeforarevolution   Dec-14-08 04:44 PM   #106 
  - We could have an auction. Make crafts or donate items. A DU ebay!  Joanne98   Dec-14-08 08:32 AM   #52 
  - That is an interesting idea...  MartyL   Dec-14-08 01:24 PM   #88 
  - I was thinking about asking my fellow DU'ers for help  Corgigal   Dec-14-08 09:10 AM   #54 
  - Won't the vet work with you on this?  DollyM   Dec-14-08 09:20 AM   #55 
  - I will do that but I need at least half up front  Corgigal   Dec-14-08 10:48 AM   #62 
  - I wish I could help....  Lisa0825   Dec-14-08 10:21 AM   #57 
  - already applied to care credit and so did my daughter  Corgigal   Dec-14-08 10:45 AM   #60 
     - I'll be on unemployment pay next month if a job doesn't come through, but  Lisa0825   Dec-14-08 12:51 PM   #81 
  - Just donated to your dear Sugar Bear. Please let us know how she's doing, k? n/t  Doremus   Dec-14-08 10:59 AM   #65 
  - Her fund is up to $100 now  MartyL   Dec-14-08 12:56 PM   #82 
     - Kicking for Sugar Bear. If anyone has anything to spare please consider this. Thank you! n/t  Doremus   Dec-14-08 04:52 PM   #109 
     - kicking for sugarbear  MartyL   Dec-15-08 04:19 PM   #142 
        - now she's up to $220  MartyL   Dec-16-08 10:50 AM   #150 
           - Go Sugar Bear!!! $740.00 secured  MartyL   Dec-17-08 08:12 PM   #152 
              - She is getting her surgery early January  MartyL   Dec-18-08 12:53 PM   #153 
  - Oh goodness, this is all ripping my heart out....  timeforarevolution   Dec-14-08 11:10 AM   #66 
  - Your little doggie is so cute!  MartyL   Dec-14-08 12:05 PM   #71 
  - She is so cute!  MartyL   Dec-15-08 12:14 PM   #139 
  - You Should Post This In The Pets Group Too  lligrd   Dec-14-08 12:28 PM   #78 
  - I hope she doesn't mind... I posted the link in Pets for her....  Lisa0825   Dec-14-08 01:01 PM   #83 
  - Could I recommend a re-wording of your Sugarbear story?  indie_ana_500   Dec-14-08 03:15 PM   #99 
     - actually that is a good idea  Corgigal   Dec-14-08 05:54 PM   #111 
  - I'm in.  JackDragna   Dec-14-08 10:30 AM   #58 
  - this is so sad  CitizenPatriot   Dec-14-08 11:36 AM   #69 
  - This site is perfect for our purposes!  MartyL   Dec-14-08 12:12 PM   #72 
  - k/r  emilyg   Dec-14-08 12:43 PM   #80 
  - unfortunately, this is likely a big advertisment for scam artists  enki23   Dec-14-08 01:04 PM   #84 
  - We've done it before.  Lisa0825   Dec-14-08 01:14 PM   #87 
  - Unfortunately you're right...  Baby Snooks   Dec-14-08 11:16 PM   #128 
  - Not going to be cozy Thursday  PatrynXX   Dec-14-08 01:48 PM   #90 
  - I'm so sorry  MartyL   Dec-14-08 01:53 PM   #91 
  - Too late to recommend, but kicking anyway.  Raksha   Dec-14-08 02:55 PM   #98 
  - double kick  Liberal_in_LA   Dec-14-08 03:23 PM   #101 
  - Please be aware that any fundraising done on the site must have administrative approval.  cbayer   Dec-14-08 05:12 PM   #110 
  - wtf?  JanMichael   Dec-14-08 06:13 PM   #113 
  - How did they get permission for so many threads asking for money for symbolman?  MartyL   Dec-14-08 07:09 PM   #115 
     - My post was meant to be informational.  cbayer   Dec-14-08 08:44 PM   #122 
  - We need a thread for people who need jobs. So they can get hooked up with people who need helpers.  McCamy Taylor   Dec-14-08 06:47 PM   #114 
  - That's a great idea!  MartyL   Dec-14-08 07:10 PM   #116 
  - I agree on the job issue . . .  DollyM   Dec-14-08 08:26 PM   #119 
  - The dwindling job market....  Baby Snooks   Dec-14-08 11:46 PM   #131 
  - There is a Career Help and Advice Group  BrklynLiberal   Dec-15-08 12:24 AM   #135 
  - ATTENTION: anyone who is close to losing their home...  ingac70   Dec-14-08 08:32 PM   #120 
  - Thanks for posting this...gonna check it out asap...losing job at  grannylib   Dec-14-08 10:14 PM   #123 
  - wurd!  bridgit   Dec-14-08 08:33 PM   #121 
  - K&R This is my New Year resolution. To help the poor and homeless  trickyguy   Dec-14-08 10:19 PM   #124 
  - Great way to support the homeless  maryf   Dec-15-08 05:36 PM   #145 
  - Wonderful, trickyguy! Also, a good New Year's Resolution would be to decide to spend 15 minutes a  bobbolink   Dec-15-08 08:36 PM   #147 
  - YES.  Zhade   Dec-14-08 10:49 PM   #125 
  - Kick  AZBlue   Dec-14-08 11:02 PM   #126 
  - I suggest a fund, overseen by Skinner, Elad, or EarlG  liberaltrucker   Dec-14-08 11:04 PM   #127 
  - It would be a lot of work, but I would love to see something like that happen...  Lisa0825   Dec-14-08 11:36 PM   #130 
     - that is a good idea!  DollyM   Dec-15-08 12:42 AM   #136 
        - Good luck Dolly  maryf   Dec-15-08 08:32 PM   #146 
  - Kick for those who may have missed it.  BrklynLiberal   Dec-15-08 12:13 AM   #133 
  - Thanks everyone for keeping this post kicked!  MartyL   Dec-15-08 01:17 PM   #140 
  - What do we do if Skinner doesn't respond?  MartyL   Dec-16-08 11:18 AM   #151 
  - one more  MartyL   Dec-15-08 10:09 PM   #148 

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