Isn’t this just such a great way of doing things? You only loan it if you’re willing to part with it as a donation - I like that. Thanks so much for hanging out with us this month and helping someone else!
No problem! I look forward to helping out again another month!
@Cassie Today is the first time I heard about Kiva, and I have now heard about it twice in one day. It sounds an excellent organisation.
So I decided that it was fate that I should follow it up!
Hence I’ve just funded 2 x $25 loans in India
And if they don’t get repaid, then as you say - it is just a donation!
Alright so my giving card was deployed today March 15th.
I have a co-worker. She is awesome and one of our hardest workers. She is a medical assistant which means she helps us coordinate our patient care. She calls patients, discusses their concerns, relays the doctor’s (for instance me) recommendations, etc.
She is also a mother of 3 and works hard raising them and relatively young (36 years old, same age as me…so I think it is young).
Three weeks ago, her father was in a remote part of Mexico. He suddenly started to bleed and was taken to the hospital. Since it was a remote hospital they did not have enough blood to transfuse him. Long and very sad story short, he died. He died unexpectedly.
So now this young mother of 3 has lost her father unexpectedly. You can imagine how traumatic that would be for both her and her children.
She just came back to work this week and has obviously been down. Then came the Giving Card with a recommendation to help someone out at work. Bam! I thought she was the perfect person for it.
When I gave it to her she was so moved she started crying. I explained what it was and the premise behind it. She thought the whole idea was amazing. I asked her what she would do with it and she said she would likely take her boys out for a meal. She really was quite moved.
Thanks for making her day a little brighter in this dark time!
Helping My Coworker-
I had the privilege of distributing the Giving Card today (3/16) and what an experience! I find it serendipitous that the challenge this month was to share these cards with a coworker. I feel it was meant to be.
Anita is amazing. She works in Operations Support and has been with my company for as long as I’ve been there. She is so good at her job and always has a great attitude.
But Anita also has a huge heart. Over the past 10 years, she has taken 3 children into her home. Her 12 year old grandson, Elijah, lives with her full time due to a special circumstance and she is also raising her teenage niece and nephew whose mother passed away. After raising her own family, she’s doing it again with these 3 children, along with caring for her aging parents. Anita is absolutely the stable force and “glue” that allows everyone in her life to thrive. I am amazed to watch her do it all.
Last month, Elijah fell from his bicycle and suffered a compound arm fracture. It was very traumatic and involved surgery. My stomach fell when I saw the Xray pic the next week. Anita took several days off and helped him through. After a week or so, he was finally able to go back to school again. He’s recovering slowly but should do well.
So when this month’s mission was to give to a coworker, I instantly thought of Anita. Our copays recently increased in our medical plan and she has gone to several specialist visits/follow up appointments to help Elijah as a result of this accident. I know the bills are rolling in and funds are short. In addition to the Giving Card, I gave her some extra from me.
If the pictures above came through, you’ll see me prepping to give Anita the card and then a picture of the 2 of us. When I told her what our mission is and that she was who I chose, she started tearing up instantly. She was so happy! Thanks to everyone for making her day-and mine! And thank you for letting me share in the experience.
Thanks for sending me the Giving Card for the Work Mission this month!
My co-workers have been tirelessly working through busy season at our ESOP office. One co-worker is off on paternity leave as well, so even more work has been passed around. They’ve been frustrated by our (annoying) systems and just having a bummer week. I figured doing something to brighten their day would be great! I ended up getting a bunch of succulents, since it’s been nice and cold here, so they would be reminded spring is right around the corner! I set them out and they each picked one for their desks, to brighten it up. They loved them and it was a fun little surprise!
Great idea to buy the plants! Making multiple people happy.
We never know how much of an impact these small actions will have in dark days…
Wow, that woman is doing it all, for everyone. Such a good pick on your part . . . send her our love as well!
I love this idea, and thanks for the great pictures! Such a cool way to brighten up the office and remind people that winter is almost over (I’m seeing patchy snow still melting here in Wisconsin as I look out my window this morning).
Thanks, Nate! I’ll let her know! She’s definitely feeling the love.
Here is a link to the post I wrote about the $20.00 gift card we received from the Rockstar Community Fund.
I’ve posted the words and photos here too.
RockStarFinance.com is such a great website run by J. Money and Nate St. Pierre. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the terrific Directory of Personal Finance Blogs they created.
Well now they are doing even something better and more beneficial to our communities.
They’ve started a program called the Rockstar Community Fund, and specifically the #GivingCards project.
The idea behind the program is for people to pool together their money and use it to do good in their communities. Specifically they give away five $20 Visa gift cards every month to people to use to do good in their own communities.
Well I loved the idea and immediately thought about the snack pack program at the middle school, which I’ve written about here before. This is the school where I sub the most and I have seen the need there first hand.
I explained on the application that this area is a poor rural community where over half of the students are on government assistance due to low incomes.
Oftentimes these students leave school on Friday and don’t have another hot meal until they return to school on Monday. Some of them have no one to cook a meal for them.
The snack pack program helps to fill a void in their lives by sending them home with a bag of food so they will have something to eat over the weekend.
The most requested item for the program is canned pasta and canned soup because this is something easy for a middle school aged student to fix for him or herself.
One of the problems with the program is that it is severely underfunded. There are over 100 students on the program and even with donations, there is often not enough food to meet the needs of the students.
Because of that, I decided to apply for one of the $20 Visa cards from the Rockstar Community Fund to buy some food for these student. The application for the snack pack program was approved and I received the $20 Visa card earlier this month.
Well you know me. I did my research and found the best deal I could to use this money wisely. I knew that the cheapest place to find canned pasta would be at Walmart.
Now I know some of you don’t care for Walmart, but I was looking to buy as many cans of pasta that I could for this $20.00.
Lucky for us, my daughter even found some coupons for Spaghettios. The coupons were 40¢ off for two cans. So on Saturday, my daughter and I went to Walmart and picked up 26 cans of Spaghettios with meatballs. The pasta was 98¢ per can, but with the coupon would be 71¢, which was cheaper than the 80¢ cans of Chef Boyardee.
Here is a photo of the bags of Spaghettios. It was dark this morning when I took the picture.
I’m so thrilled and grateful to the people at Rockstar Finance who created such a beautiful program to help people help in their own communities. I am grateful that they decided to help me help the students in my community with childhood hunger.
And since we are not supposed to take pictures of students and post them on the Internet, I posted some photos of the school hallway this morning before they arrived.
And here is a photo of the classroom I worked in today before the students arrived.
I want to send a big thank you to Nate St Pierre, J. Money, and the Rockstar Community for donating the money to help alleviate childhood hunger. We could do not this without people like you helping with programs like this.
I was excited when my giving card arrived, but I had no thoughts about how to use it. When I told my wife, she said, “Oh, I know who needs that!”
Turns out that there’s a woman at my wife’s job who is going through chemotherapy for breast cancer. She’s right in the middle of the treatments, and if you know anyone who’s gone through them, they’re AWFUL.
I gave the card to my wife (and we match the card to bring our total giving to $40) and told her to make sure she got some pictures of it.
I got a message back yesterday afternoon from my wife: “Sorry I forgot to take pictures, we were both crying too hard.”
She said that she gave the money to the woman, who was deeply touched by the gesture. Apparently, chemotherapy kills this woman’s sense of taste for a week after each treatment so she can’t taste anything at all. My wife said the woman told her that it had been 8 days since her last treatment and that her sense of taste was back. She said, “I’m going to go spend this money on a REALLY delicious meal!”
I doubt we’ll get any pictures from this month, but the gift card made the day of a woman who is dealing with breast cancer. Another good deed done!
This is EXACTLY the mindset we love to see, and the gift we’re going for with this project. Thank you x10 for totally “getting it,” for the hard work you and your daughter put in, for all the pictures, and most importantly, for helping the kids that needed it in the school. Much love!
This made me laugh, hahaha
Love that she’ll get a great meal and had a touching moment with a friend! And thank you for matching every month - it’s always noticed!
I work with a very tiny staff, so I went outside to make a small difference. I purchased some quilt batting and made small quilts to donate to the local children’s hospital. They use these to brighten the rooms of sick kids. I love the sewing, and I love to imagine the small comfort their own cozy, flannel quilt may bring.
I took one pic I posted on twitter. I am about anonymity for now and felt I should keep my co-worker anonymous too. I did give her the letter so hopefully she checked out the site!
This month’s #givingcard was given to a well-deserved, hard-working Project Manager who I work with daily, Carmen. She is always looking out for the best interest of her customers and her peers. She makes project managing look easy…she does it with such finesse and efficiency. You’d never know that at home her dad is battling cancer. To help her and her family during this difficult time I gave her the #givingcard and matched it as well. Please consider donating to this loving family: https://www.gofundme.com/our-heros-road-to-remission
I heard from my wife the recipient of the card opted NOT to go for a super-delicious meal, but instead spent the money on “a beautiful, spring-y hat to cover my bald head.” Seems like she put the money to a good use that will help her feel better during her chemotherapy, and feeling anything good during chemo is apparently very rare.
I don’t know what batting is, but brightening the lives of sick kids I do understand