DRAFT OF THE *FIND HELP* DIRECTORY CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN
SHORT DESCRIPTION: Grassroots "Main Street" effort to create ONE comprehensive online portal where people can publish and find existing resources (health, human resources, social services, etc.) available in each community.
ABOUT ME (and Wishadoo!)
Thank you for reading about the *Find Help* Directory Project!
THE FIND HELP DIRECTORY IS A WISHADOO! INITIATIVE.
First, to learn more about me and Wishadoo! in order to understand my passion about this project and why I have created this campaign, I invite you to:
* Visit Wishadoo!
* Read my story
* Check out our flyer and infographic
* View the video: An Invitation to Wishadoo!
Wishadoo! is a free resource with comprehensive tools to connect, help/be helped and to cultivate compassion, cooperation and authentic community in myriad ways, online and in our own "backyards." Wishadoo!'s tools have been designed to be of service to individuals, organizations and businesses alike, and there is much more to come!
(BTW, I'm an open book, so please don't hesitate to ask questions in order to feel comfortable being involved with this project. When you visit Wishadoo!, you'll get a good feel as to who I am and my vision, and how I've been putting it into action. I'm happy to connect on Facebook and other outlets as well.)
WHY IS A FIND HELP DIRECTORY NEEDED?
As a social entrepreneur and community advocate, working to find solutions for daily needs, each day I see how many amazing efforts are springing up to affect positive change in various ways. However, the efforts are often fragmented, getting lost in the white noise of today's information overload, with those in need of the products/services never knowing they exist. One of my greatest visions is to integrate all sectors of community more in practical ways. This is being put into action at Wishadoo! as we work toward creating more compassionate, cooperative communities.
I'm also acutely aware how many of us are struggling to survive. When people find their way to Wishadoo!'s Wishlist -- a "craigslist of compassion" -- the first step is to look for existing help which may ease their struggle. People are often so beaten down by the system -- and others' judgments -- that someone advocating on their behalf is a huge gift in and of itself.
A comprehensive *Find Help* Directory would make the job of Wishadoo!, and those of other organizations and agencies, much more effective and efficient in alleviating suffering and improving the quality of life in various ways for millions.
Over the last four years, I have tried to work with large organizations to create ONE comprehensive resource directory where people can find the existing help they need, mainly in the social services realm but other less critical resources as well, to no avail. I've discovered that the large organizations which may have the ability and networks to create this directory also have too much internal red tape.
So, as a fan of all grassroots, "We the People" efforts, it's time for Wishadoo! to take the initiative and,
with your help, create this resource ourselves!!!
Let's show that Main Street small businesses and entrepreneurs, along with individual citizens and organizations,
care about our communities and recognize that
WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
The basic website framework and development plan for the *Find Help* Directory is IN PLACE. However, as you can certainly imagine, it is a HUGE, ongoing project. Building this Directory can generate jobs and volunteer opportunities, and offer ways to connect and strengthen our communities in the process of developing the Directory (ooooh, I have so many ideas to engage high school students, college students, and so many others...).
BY SUPPORTING THIS PROJECT YOU WILL BE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN CREATING SOMETHING THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO HELP COUNTLESS PEOPLE IN COUNTLESS COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, IN MORE WAYS THAN I CAN ENUMERATE HERE.
WHAT YOU GET IN RETURN
Unlike so many crowdfunding campaigns, this isn't a project that will generate revenue. It is truly a Public Service Project. I have tried to think of ways to express gratitude for your investment in the *Find Help* Directory -- and to help promote other organizations, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in the process.
The two primary ways are to offer free listings in Wishadoo!'s Business Directory where enterprises dedicated to Compassion, Cooperation, Community + Integrity are found.
I have also created dedicated pages at both Wishadoo! and another Wishadoo! Initiative -- Our Collective Good -- to list you as a Founding Supporter of this project. You may be listed as an individual, as a family, as a business, as an organization...however you prefer...with a link to any website you indicate. I will update this daily.
If you have any ideas, I'm open to suggestions!
Funds raised will immediately go toward:
* Further website development and state-of-the-art mobile application development, which is critically important.
* Begin the hiring process, with at least four part-time workers to curate, confirm, enter and maintain content for the *Find Help* Directory..
Since this is an ongoing project which will require ongoing funding, I will continue to search for strategic corporate and organizational partners to underwrite the Directory -- and create more jobs -- for years to come, beyond this initial crowdfunding campaign.
(If you are involved with, or know of a larger business or organization (including public libraries, universities) that may be interested in partnering with Wishadoo! in this effort, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The thing is, our fellow citizens (and perhaps you and your loved ones) need this information NOW. If, as a start, a handful of part-time, work-from-home jobs can be created in the process NOW. LET'S NOT WAIT!
I'm asking you to be Founding Supporters -- forever acknowledged as making this resource possible -- to help get the ball rolling on the creation of the *Find Help* Directory.
Please know that all funds will be put to good use as noted above, regardless of the amount raised. Baby steps can be taken if needed, though if you're like me, you are ready to LEAP! You will be able to follow the progress by visiting the *Find* Help Directory site and Wishadoo!.
LEVELS OF CONTRIBUTION with incentive:
Acknowledgement as a FOUNDING SUPPORTER at *both* the Friends of Wishadoo! page and the dedicated Our Collective Good page.
One free listing (one year) in the Wishadoo! Business Directory (supporter can create listing or donate said listing).
Acknowledgement as a FOUNDING SILVER-LEVEL SUPPORTER at both Wishadoo! and Our Collective Good.
Two-year listing in the Wishadoo! Business Directory (supporter can create listing or donate said listing).
Acknowledgement as a FOUNDING GOLD-LEVEL SUPPORTER at both Wishadoo! Our Collective Good.
Two free listings (two years) in the Wishadoo! Business Directory (supporter can create listings or donate said listings).
Acknowledgement as a FOUNDING PATRON at both Wishadoo! and Our Collective Good.
Two free listings (two year w/feature option) in the Wishadoo! Business Directory (supporter can create listings or donate said listings) and ONE WEEK of featured advertising in Wishadoo!'s newsletter.
Acknowledgement as a FOUNDING PARTNER at both Wishadoo! and Our Collective Good.
Four free listings (two years w/feature option) in the Wishadoo! Business Directory (supporter can create listings or donate said listings) and ONE MONTH Wishadoo! newsletter featured advertising.
Acknowledgement as a FOUNDING SPONSOR at both Wishadoo! Our Collective Good.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP!
Trust me, I completely understand that $25 can at times be too much to contribute, no matter how much you would like to. There are so many other ways you can help, including but not limited to the following:
* Please share this page (and make use of Indiegogo's share tools!), anywhere and everywhere you can! Facebook, Twitter, email, in your other
online and "real world" communities.
* Please JOIN US at Wishadoo! (FB, twitter, etc.), where there are already tools in place to connect, brainstorm, ask, offer, give, receive and
pay it forward...to work toward creating more compassionate, cooperative communities.
* If you would like to contribute less than $25 toward this Directory and toward the larger project that is Wishadoo!, please go HERE.
* Well wishes and good vibes are priceless!!!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU SO MUCH!
With Tremendous Gratitude,