Good evening everyone,
I am excited to say that this is the first, of hopefully many, Rockstar Community Fund oriented posts!
I have to say thank you to all the bloggers in the FIRE world who have influenced and created such an amazing community to be part of. Any doubts of whether blogging was what I wanted to do or not have definitely been eased and you all do nothing but continue to motivate me.
I have been trading emails with J. Money this past week in an attempt to learn more about the Rockstar Community Fund (RCF) and how I could contribute.
I was also sold on the fact the RCF was NOT a 501(c)3 so that that anytime anyone donated there are no ulterior motives and it was 100% for someone else.
I then set on a mission to find someone to assist.
I figured the best place to start is the one place you know the best - home. So, I began hitting my contacts up there and had an overwhelming response of people that could benefit from $20. Obviously, we could not help all of them...this month anyways. However, we have 11 more to go, yeah?
So, during this time, I spoke to my father and he said he would look into someone who could also benefit from some extra cash. About an hour later he calls back and tells me about a young man named Andrew who works for him (my father is an operations manager for my hometown government).
Andrew works for my father at the recycling center located in my hometown. I have written a previous post on my site about recycling in the Midwest, and I am all for anyone who can bring more recycling awareness to the small towns in the Midwest (or anywhere for that matter). So needless to say, I was instantly intrigued.
However, it continues to get better. After I spoke with my father more about Andrew he pointed out a few great things out about him
Andrew works about 11 hours a week at two different recycling centers in my home county. Not only that, he volunteered his own time at the recycling centers for free, prior to being hired part-time...for an entire year!
My father continued to state this 22-year-old young man is a “helluva worker” and is a great employee.
So, after we had determined Andrew’s work schedule and the best place to meet him, I was in for another surprise - my father stated he would match my $20 with his own (I do not plan on using any of the #Givingcards, as awesome as they are, as I hope that someone else on here may use my $20 monthly donation to help out). So now, Andrew was getting $40! Hell yes.
I should mention that prior to meeting with Andrew, I spoke with a woman in an official capacity who helps Andrew manage his bills and money, and I confirmed with her that this would be allowed for us to give him the $40. She was exceptionally nice and stated that Andrew was “such a hard worker,” and in fact, has only missed one day of work in the last year and that is because they made him stay home because he was sick. She stated that any cash that Andrew is given (not through a paycheck) is 100% his and he can spend it how he pleases.
Saturday morning shows up, and I notice as I am driving in to meet Andrew and my father, I am smiling. I was literally smiling and laughing with excitement by myself...in my car. Probably freaking out other drivers beside me.
I meet up with my father and we head to the recycling center to meet Andrew. His coworker, was aware of what was going to happen; however, Andrew had no idea.
We show up and the place was packed – probably because it was a 65 degree day in January. Which, is great!
I saw Andrew helping out everyone by unloading their cars and directing multiple people to the proper areas to drop off their recyclables. I must add, he greeted everyone with a smile on his face.
During a short break, Andrew made his way over and spoke to my father, and I introduced myself to Andrew.
We spoke for a little bit about recycling and work and life. He stated that he was nursing a sore shoulder from his martial arts last month (he has been practicing for 12 years) and that he won his match...and is now retired from competing.
I had to ask him about his volunteerism at the recycling center and why he chose to volunteer so much time to recycle.
He stated simply that he enjoyed meeting all the people that came through, and he enjoyed making the world a cleaner place to live. He even brings his own boxes of recyclables when he comes to work.
After hearing this, I told him that I had something for him. At this point, Andrew still had no idea what was going on and gave me a really weird look.
I smiled, reached in my pocket, and pulled out the $40 in cash and handed it to him. Before he could speak, I told him that I was part of a great community helping people out all across the world and that we wanted to help him out with a little something, too.
Needless to say, he was pretty excited! He said that $40 was a lot of money and that he was not sure what he would spend it on. I told him that it was now his money and that he could do whatever he wanted with it
I don't think Andrew understood the feeling that he conveyed from me on Saturday. I know as a writer (even an amateur one) that I should be able to put it in words, but I do not believe I can. Simply amazing. It is great to help people out and even better to help them out directly.
I plan on helping more people out throughout the year (we have some pretty big plans for a family in the upcoming months).
I want to thank you all for allowing me to be in such a great community of people. You inspire me. When I am not sure about this blogging venture I have taken upon, it is the people and the ideas like the Rockstar Community Fund that make me realize what great people are still out there.
You all are amazing.