Hey everyone! My name is Melanie Lockert, founder of DearDebt.com and leader behind #DebtDrop.
In January 2016, I started donating $50 per month to help my readers pay off debt. I paid off $81,000 in student loans and truly couldn’t have done it without my blog so was looking for a way to give back.
Throughout 2016, I’ve had people match my donation and @J.Money was one of the biggest supporters. We were able to make a difference in some people’s lives and pay off over $900 in debt.
We know this doesn’t solve everyone’s problems, but we like to think it gives them a little hope for the day, and reminds them that they’re not alone in their journey. Especially those who are feeling depressed, overwhelmed or suicidal.
We want to gather the community together to help people pay off burdensome debt and do it bigger and better through Debt Drop (a project of the Rockstar Community Fund)
We hope bloggers and anyone in our community who wants to help will get involved.
Here’s how you can get involved and help:
Match $50. You can give directly to the Rockstar Community Fund and ask to earmark your gift for #DebtDrop: http://giving.rockstarfinance.com/get-involved/
If you’re a blogger, you can also give directly to one of your readers, though we would like to keep track of how much we are donating back to the community so please let us know if that’s the route you choose. We want to know the story and how it helped!
Secondly, you can nominate someone that may need a little help. Perhaps you have a reader that contacts you about feeling overwhelmed with debt, or have a friend buried in medical debt. Whatever the case may be, we’re looking for candidates that need our help.
Once a month we will be donating funds to someone in need to help push the needle forward in their debt repayment journey.
Let’s help people pay off debt and do some good! Anyone that’s been in debt knows the impact it can have on your life. We’re hoping to provide financial tools and resources – and a little bit of help – to keep people going.