We have good news about September winner Blind Dog Rescue Alliance, right after this quick update...
6th year is a charm?
We're officially into our 6th year, the 6th time for many of you making it rain on Charitocracy with your generosity.
You may notice that the monthly grant amount has been getting smaller month by month during much of 2021, but has started settling and stabilizing just over $1000. It's because we used to receive significant matching donations from my employer, which I divvied up into the monthly pots each year. Then I retired early last year, and those extra pot sweeteners went away. So we've seen the last of their layered effects now. There were also a couple of very generous one-time donations in September (thanks!!) putting us across the $1000 mark, but I'm hoping October's pot will still naturally rise back near $1000 by month's end.
If you know of any individual or business that would like to help boost our impact, by all means let's get those monthly grants back up to $1500, $2000, and beyond! Every $1200 per year we receive means another $100 bump in our outgoing grant checks. And I'd be happy to maintain a prominent list of big ticket donors helping make that happen! As a business seeking opportunities to spread good will, why pick just one organization to support when you could let us pick twelve for you and spread your good will around?! One stop shopping here at Charitocracy, so if you know anyone, do get in touch...
September 2021 winner Blind Dog Rescue Alliance
Last night we named Charitocracy's 61st monthly winner. Congratulations to Blind Dog Rescue Alliance, nominated by donor bjstager. They work to rescue blind dogs, assist their owners, and educate the public about these wonderful dogs. You can find their website here.
Now you have a week to further sweeten the pot with a special one-time donation of any amount, which we'll add straight to the check we write to BDRA next week.
So finally check out this recent video of Turner, a blind foster dog. (There's more cute videos where that one came from!) Then feel good about your part in our collective $1080+ grant to support BDRA's ongoing work.
Have a great October and be sure to log into Charitocracy to update your votes or nominate a new cause!
Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Hurricane Ida Relief @ All Hands and Hearts, nominated by donor RoamX. Actually, it's a re-nomination: Failing to get traction after last year's Louisiana hurricanes, All Hands and Hearts is back on Charitocracy under the new name Hurricane Ida Relief in hopes of garnering fresh support for the desperate need in the affected communities. All Hands and Hearts deliver a Smart Response to those reeling not only from from Hurricane Ida, but many other hurricanes and other natural disasters each year. You can find their web site here.
A few words on Charitocracy
Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (see social sharing icons at top of post) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!
About nominee Hurricane Ida Relief
All Hands and Hearts has deployed assessment teams to the Northeast and is continuing to work with local communities to identify the areas of greatest need and how we may be able to best serve them. We are responding to the need in Louisiana by committing to a three month initial response program. We are currently accepting volunteer applications with an initial start date as early as Monday, September 13. If you or someone you know is interested, apply for our Hurricane Ida Relief Program.
Hurricane Ida devastated Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane on August 29, 2021 before continuing to leave a path of destruction through the eastern coast of the United States. On September 1, Ida slammed the northeastern United States with record breaking rainfall causing historic flood levels in New York and New Jersey.
Category 4 Hurricane Ida made landfall over the Port Fourchon community in Louisiana at about 11:55 am CT on August 29, 2021 – the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Ida was first observed as a tropical depression on August 26, after passing over Cuba as a category 1 hurricane, Ida underwent a rapid intensification, progressing to a category 4 hurricane by the time it made landfall in Louisiana. Communities in Louisiana saw tropical storm conditions as early as Saturday evening and were hit by Ida on late Sunday evening, August 29, and into the morning of August 30. Wind speeds exceeding 150 mph were sustained for a total of 6 hours, twice the duration of the 125 mph sustained winds of Hurricane Katrina. There are over 2 million people who live in the affected area, and as of Monday morning, over 1.06 million are reported without power and over 18,000 people had already filed for federal aid.
While the levee system that protects New Orleans held during the hurricane, multiple towns outside its protection saw catastrophic flooding and storm surge. Fallen trees and debris litter the streets across Ida’s path. Homes are missing parts of their roofs, fallen trees lie on homes and roads, and some of the most devastated areas are still flooded and remain impassable.
All Hands and Heart stationed their Disaster Assessment and Response Team (DART) in Beaumont, Texas on August 27 in preparation for the storm and has already started moving towards the impacted areas to assess the damage and response needs. Two teams headed towards New Orleans along two different routes to cover more ground and gain a better understanding of the damage done by Ida. One team went west through Laplace and found widespread damage while the other team went east of Baton Rouge and found downed trees and potential roofs that needed tarping. Now stationed in Mandeville, DART has boots on the ground and is assessing the needs in the area. They have connected with the New Orleans VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) to gain a better understanding of the needs in the communities and preliminary reports show that the parishes closest to the coast where the eyewall of Ida passed over were the hardest hit.
On September 2, additional members joined the team in New Orleans and deployed to the New Orleans metropolitan area to meet with partners and conduct initial assessments.
All Hands and Hearts is prioritizing the compounding risk of COVID-19 and is able to leverage its experience of running disaster relief programs throughout the pandemic. We will remain focused on supporting communities in need, both responsibly and safely.
Due to the five named storms that made landfall in Louisiana in 2020, All Hands and Hearts has another team prepared to rapidly respond to Hurricane Ida. The Hurricane Laura Team was pulled back to the safety of San Antonio, Texas, in preparation for the storm. Now that it is safe, the team has returned to Dequincy and is prepared to provide any additional resources necessary to further respond to Ida.
Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, All Hands and Hearts has responded to 4 major disasters in Louisiana, including our current response and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Laura and Delta that hit Southeast Louisiana just one year ago.
Ida passed over the northeastern United States the evening of September 1, causing destructive tornadoes and historic levels of rainfall in areas which were already saturated by Hurricane Henri in late-August. In New York City, most city subway lines were suspended due to the flooding, and both New York and New Jersey declared a state of emergency. The rain was so extensive that for many parts of New York City, it is the first time in history that there has ever been a flash flood emergency warning.
We have an assessment team based in New York remotely assessing the situation as more information becomes available. As soon as it is safe to do so, we will be sending the team in to gather more information and connect with partners and the media.
So please visit the page of nominee Hurricane Ida Relief @ All Hands and Hearts to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And check out this quick 1 minute visual overview of all the work they're doing around the world in 2021:
We have good news about August winner A Mother's Rest, right after this quick update...
5 Years, 60 winners!
Here we are again on September 1st. 5 years later! And we've given out over $80,000 of grants nationwide, not even including the new OBX spin-off. The years are just flying by. Thank you for continuing to be a part of this generous community of do-gooders. I enjoy every minute of behind-the-scenes making it all work, knowing that you guys will fill the coffers and point me toward some of the best, most interesting, and most deserving nonprofit recipients. Let's keep doing this, shall we??
August 2021 winner A Mother's Rest
Last night we named Charitocracy's 60th monthly winner. Congratulations to A Mother's Rest, nominated by donors Alistair and Rebecca. They are a network of B&Bs offering respite retreats to parents/caregivers of loved ones with disabilities or chronic illness. You can find their website here.
Now you have a week to further sweeten the pot with a special one-time donation of any amount, which we'll add straight to the check we write to A Mother's Rest next week.
So finally check out these two 2-minute videos capturing the magic of A Mother's Rest. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1056+ grant to support their ongoing work.
Have a great September and be sure to log into Charitocracy to update your votes or nominate a new cause!