Welcome to the Street Prophets Coffee Hour, a place where politics meets up with religion, art, nature, food, and life. We’re at the middle of the week, when we need a push to get over the hump and start looking toward the weekend. Come in, take a cuppa and a cookie (or three!), and join us.
Helping Humpday was one of the gifts created for us by bfitzinAR. It was taken over by DixieCollie, who also left unexpectedly. It’s still here, a place where Kossacks can share and show caring. It was a close call, with the site having issues yesterday and today, but it came back up just in time for me to get this together. Barely in time, but it was enough.
There are some new, urgent needs on the list now. See aznaturegrrrl’s diary at the end of the list, along with Christopher Reeves’ need to get through until insurance can be accessed for his recent house fire (everything was lost; they need housing, clothes, food, etc including for a special needs child), and Coloradowoodsman, who needs a bit more to catch up on his mortgage and save his home for himself, his wife, and their rescued animals.
For people relying on SNAP, it’s taking a major downturn as the COVID supplement has dropped away, as bluePNWcats wrote in a recent diary, Lean times ahead. For people who are also getting social security, the reduction in SNAP negates the COLA and then some. If they aren’t getting social security, then it’s a huge decrease, while prices are continuing to climb.
Some of our own community members aren’t doing well, either. Members are still here, still worried about how they will manage. Take a look, see if there’s a person or two who you feel you can help. For some, the fundraising has stalled. I know it seems that the need is huge and our individual resources are small, but if each person does what they are able, it adds up to another need met. When we all pull together, the job gets done.
These community members need a little push to get over a hump. Maybe it’s an unexpected medical bill. Maybe there’s a life situation that has come up and requires resources beyond regular income. Maybe they just got behind and need help getting their footing again. For whatever reason they need help, Wednesdays are the day the Street Prophets diary focuses on those needs. Maybe you’ve skipped over this weekly diary, thinking the little you can give won’t make a difference. But you don’t have to meet a person’s entire need. If we all join together, the small amounts each person can contribute will add up to enough to make a difference in someone’s life. Even $2 or $5 or $10, when added to the mickle that others give, can be all that it takes.
Community Needs List as of 3/15/23. Fundraisers who want a diary to be or stay on the list: PLEASE kosmail requests and donations received to njm5000 by Tuesday evening to be included on the Wednesday morning updated list.
Living on the financial edge—need help? Check out the Helping Directories before your next emergency.
Housing and Living Expenses Fundraisers and Other Links
When sending via PayPal, be sure to select “Send to family/friend” to avoid fees on either end.
morgansmom—needs help towards major car repairs and moving to a better environment. $
8000 7950 7900 7850 7750 7725 7615 7605 7565 7465 7415 7375 7275 7175 7025 6920 6820 6570 6470 6360 6350 6150 5650 4685 43854360 Radiator is repaired & will soon get a new estimate for the front end rebuild. Current medical issues come 1st • Visit the KoFi page to see some cool artwork & donate! • PayPal: wingednag at gmail dot com.
Kos Katalogue 2022 is here—please Kosmail BeadLady if you have corrections or additions.
Falcon Hawke—could use some help right now and has a goal of $
10,000 8300 5620 5470±. Here’s the diary. • PayPal—celtichart1 at aol dot com • Venmo—celtichart1 at aol dot com • Zelle celtichart1 at aol dot comwww.gofundme.com/…
I haven’t heard from Falcon Hawke since 1/17. Is anyone in contact with him? I updated the list with the last 3 donations on GFM only. I can only hope that he’s OK.
anotherdemocrat—has a diary up: Anyone know where I can find a 2nd job? She’s in Austin and is suddenly $24000 in debt, mainly due to an HOA assessment! From the diary: “So, $24,000 is more money than I can ask even a big community like Daily Kos to donate. I have a venmo: at Becky-Helton, Cashapp: $B3ckyHelt0n, and GoFundMe, if anyone wants to help with next month’s payments but for a big total like that, I need a 2nd job. My day job is M-F from 8-5, so it would have to be evenings & weekends.” and “Skills: writing, 20+ years of customer service work, super reliable…” anotherdemocrat has payments covered for a couple of months (thanks, donors <3) and wants to pause donations. She does ask for help updating her resume. “There are part-time remote jobs that look good. Just need an updated resume to upload.” Kosmail, if you can help.
Coloradowoodsman. needs help to save his home. The time has been extended a little and the money is somewhat reduced. GFM or PayPal We can bring this home.
aznaturegrrrl has a diary, On behalf of my cats. . . Needs
1350 900 This is urgent. Work is seasonal, with little income between now and May to feed and care for the cats.
BMScott posted this:
Christopher's house burned down early in February. An insurance dispute has made it difficult to access his funds for necessary items, so we're trying to keep him and his family sheltered, fed, and clothed. PLEASE help however you can.
There is a GoFundMe that currently stands at
$10,770 $11,045 $12,294 $12,439 $12,745 $12,770 $13,288 $13,416 $13,491 $13,591 $13,816 $13,841 towards a revised goal of $20,000.
Seriously, if you haven’t looked through the Kos Katalogue recently, do that now. Even if you don’t know you’re looking for something, it’s in here. I buy almost nothing beyond food and pet food, but I found a thing or two that I know I’m going to have to gift to someone.
It seems life is catching up with some of our people. We’ve had some progress; we’ve had more requests. Others have had significant help, but they still need a push to get through to the end.
When sending via PayPal, be sure to select “Send to family/friend” to avoid fees on either end. Be aware, both donor and recipient, that GFM not only charges fees to recipients and asks donors to contribute to their organization, but also money received through that platform is treated as taxable income. You will receive a form 1099. If you are requesting help through GFM, also be aware that there can be delays in accessing the money.
These people are our own. Please do what you can.
If helping financially isn’t the right choice for you at this time, you can still help. Tip and rec the diary so it stays visible. Share on social media: Twitter, Facebook, whatever platform you use, to bring the attention of others outside our daily readers. And offer words of encouragement to people who are struggling. It can be scary to be struggling, and it can feel lonely. This can happen to any of us. Today it isn’t me in need. If it isn’t you, either, please see what you can do to help.