Donors Choose: Kids in Flint need your help

Since Roger & Me documented the devastation of Flint, MI over two decades ago, things have gotten even worse.  More than a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line.

But people try to survive, and one of Flint’s teachers is trying to help. She’s trying to purchase basic math and science supplies for her kids, kids whose families are often too busy trying to stay fed and housed to worry about non-immediately-vital needs like education.  One of our most successful donors suggested we bump this project up the list, as it will expire in a few weeks.  It will take another $411 to get this classroom the needed supplies.  Even very small donations—$1-$5—make a big difference, and history has shown my readers able to round up a lot of money in small donations.  Still, it’s a lot of money.  Maybe we can get this one done before Friday?

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  1. Jenny

     /  October 21, 2010

    PalMD, hi! Thanks for being so lovely about my dropping my idea of urgent projects on your Giving Page. I’m really happy that, thanks to your generous readers, the Detroit classroom got their hands-on science supplies! I’ve posted the current project in Flint to the Restoring Truthiness Giving Page as well, in hope that the Colbert Nation marching to Keep Fear Alive may notice it and help.

    I came here to write to you because I just noticed that you forgot to include your challengeid in your link to the current project in Flint, so donations from your readers are not getting credited to your challenge – or to Science Bloggers in general, which means they won’t qualify for the HP matching funds. The link should be

    http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=402453&challengeid=73260

    All the best,
    Jenny

    • Thanks. I wasn’t aware of that technicality, so i’ve updated the link in the post.

  2. Jenny

     /  October 21, 2010

    I’m posting again because I just noticed an extremely worthy literacy project on the point of expiration, and I believe it could yet be rescued. It’s in a low income area in Hart, where a class of 3rd grade struggling readers have requested a funny book that makes them want to read. The teacher points out that when kids feel motivated to try and are actually competing for copies of a book, there’s no doubt that their literacy level is improving. This project will help hunreds of kids for years to come. The link to donate through PalMD’s First Aid For Michigan Students is:

    http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=395748&challengeid=73260

    For anyone inspired to donate, note that if the project winds up expiring, DonorsChoose will send you email tomorrow morning giving you the opportunity to apply your donation to another project of your choice – it’s straightforward and simple.

    I’ve posted the project to a few different Giving Pages so as to have a larger pool of potential donors. The problem is that when a project costs more than a little bit and time is short, donors often assume that the project will expire anyway because no one else will donate, so then they don’t themselves, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. But if the amount needed can be brought down to a point where the project shows up on the first page of the project list for Stephen Colbert fans, where members of the web site Reddit are presently hastening to get their donation total up to $500,000 for the reward of getting to interview Colbert, I think the project has a decent chance of getting funded. DonorsChoose will keep the project listed for several hours even after it reaches the “1 hour left” status.

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