Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have Because We Can - 2018, a fundraiser hosted at nominee Together We Rise. It was recently nominated by donor
SuZQ. So let's welcome Together We Rise to our charity of the month club! You can find their web site here.
A few words on Charitocracy
Firstly, for newcomers: 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 share this post and ask your friends to vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. Yay!
Until a donor changes their vote, votes carry over from month to month. So do the nominated causes. So part of the fun of Charitocracy is the cumulative aspect, watching a charity's support grow over time as it breaks into the Top 10, the Top 3, and hopefully eventually #1. It's unusual for a cause to go straight from nomination to winner in the same month, though it has happened. Most recently: Hurricane Harvey relief for Houston and Hurricane Maria relief for Puerto Rico. But in most cases, it's a slow steady rise to the top over many months.
In this case,
SuZQ has nominated a limited-time fundraiser at Together We Rise. More details below, but if Together We Rise wins the pot after this fundraiser's May 1 deadline, that's fine. We'll either earmark another similar fundraiser at TWR or let TWR choose how to use the funds. All good!
About Because We Can - 2018
Last March while Molly was still in foster care with us she decided she wanted to help find a way we could help other foster kids like herself. She remembered what it was like for her to leave her home and come to move in with us.
Initially entering foster care is probably one of the scariest days any kid could ever face. At a moments notice they are told to pack whatever they can fit into a trash bag. Told that they can no longer live at they only home they've ever known. That they are going to have to live with strangers now. That can be pretty terrifying for any child. Sadly throughout a child's time in foster care they may be bounced between foster homes time and time again for a number of reasons.
With that thought in mind Molly wanted to raise money to create Sweet Cases, a type of care package, in the form of a decorated duffel bags filled with a stuffed animal bear and some basic necessities to help these kids with their move into foster care. These duffel bags also serve as permanent piece of luggage these children can call their own to use over and over if needed. For every $25 raised we can put together one bag for a child. If we can add a small ray of light to the process, give it a little more dignity, perhaps even make that day even a little less scary for these kids then why wouldn't we try?
About nominee Together We Rise
Every day, 1200 kids enter foster care in the United States. We are a non-profit that changes the way they experience the system.
Together We Rise is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised of motivated young adults and former foster youth. Our vision is to improve the lives of foster children in America, who often find themselves forgotten and neglected by the public. We collaborate with community partners to bring resources to foster youth and use service-learning activities to educate volunteers on issues surrounding the foster care system.
TWR works with hundreds of foster agencies, social workers, CASA advocates, and other partners to bring our programs to foster youth across the nation. Our foundation has allowed us to provide thousands of foster youth across the country with new bicycles, college supplies, and suitcases so that children do not have to travel from home to home with their belongings in a trash bag.
So visit the page of nominee Together We Rise on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And finally, check out this touching video about Together We Rise's mission: