Really excited to announce that we’ll be part of #GivingTuesday this year. In case you don’t know what it is — here’s the scoop:
Thanks to the awesome folks at GiveCorps, on Tuesday, December the 3rd, it’s an all-out fundfest. (Just to give you an idea as to how this could work, the Pittsburgh Foundation raised almost $7 million during their 2013 annual Day of Giving for nonprofits. In. One. Day.)
My goal for HPW isn’t quite as large as the Pittsburgh Foundation — mine is just $5000. HPW is a lean and efficient organization — we don’t have a fancy office, there’s no team of assistants, but things still manage to get done. Your generous donation on December 3 will go a long way towards making sure even more gets done, and even more people get the help they need with things like massive trash abatement, alley gating, poor housing conditions, living next door to a vacant that’s causing damage — and that’s just for starters.
How would you like to wake up and find this outside your door?
Or how would you like to have your home filled with sewage? Or…just one more, I promise…how would you like the ceiling to collapse on you and be told “Sorry, you’ll just have to move.”
These are all issues some of our most vulnerable residents face. The elderly, disabled, a mom with a baby — they live in conditions that, frankly, unless I saw it myself — I may not have believed it was that bad. In fact, it was worse than I could have imagined. And these are the folks I work hard to help, every single day.
The bottom line is this — it’s far less expensive to prevent these problems, or catch them now — than to clean up the mess after the tenants are evicted or after the home burns to the ground.
Or after the ambulance isn’t able to get through an alley to assist an elderly woman who needs immediate medical attention — the photo above illustrates just that. Had the resident needed EMS or fire, they wouldn’t have been able to get through, because some selfish person thought it would be okay to dump a load of tires and trash in the middle of the alley.
Help me make our city a safe and healthy place to live, work, and play, this Tuesday, December the 3rd. And I look forward to seeing you on Friday, December the 6th for our first fundraiser and happy hour — hopefully the first of many!