So much joy right now at my MKE manifestations happening. For the last year and a half, \”Porters Farm Grants\” for green energy, waste, and water have been the blue rectangle on my shape charts. The events of the last few months have given me a new perspective on the scope of my grants. As we know, the trick is to believe passionately, but detach from the exact outcome that subby makes happen. Our our friend Amelia\’s housing crisis has shown me that my grants vision might rather be framed around securing housing so that people can give back to the world with a secure home base.
I have been writing a lot lately on all of this. Below is a snippet from the GoFundMe page for Amelia\’s House!
Giddy Up! It\’s Day 18 and we are behind schedule! 31,100 pennies on Go Fund Me plus 9,100 pennies from the community event on the weekend in PA for a total of $402.00 (40,200 pennies) compared to $1,310.72 (131,072 pennies) on the chart!!
We have had two people say they would donate their penny collections to us so that\’s not included yet! We also had a 1920\’s penny that was donated that was worth 30 times it\’s value 🙂 We posted Amelia\’s House story to the Ellen Show and are talking to big donors, AND getting the non-profit application in. We\’re going to do it! Please share!
Upping the ante on pennies for the #pennychallenge!!
Donate 1000 pennies ($10) or more by the weekend (Saturday 2/23 midnight EST) on GoFundMe and be entered to win 2 round-trip continental US plane tickets (a warm weather location?!)
Let\’s see what #smalldonors can do in 5 days! (Donations of actual penny collections: please call to make arrangements!)
And below is the press release we issued February 1st!
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$0 to $5.368 Million: Housing Crisis Group Launches 30-day Campaign
Amelia’s House is asking: What could you do for the world if your housing were secure?
Narrowsburg, NY, February 1, 2019: Today Amelia’s House publicly launches its 30-day #pennychallenge.
Forty-two year old east coast artist and photographer, Amelia Suraci, has lived with pain every moment of her life since being diagnosed with a debilitating neurological disease (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy-RSD/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome-CRPS ) in her late teens. Unable to work, Amelia’s grit, determination, and insistence to keep helping others have steadied her even during the hardest days. When the apartment that she lived in for the past decade became uninhabitable due to a severe mold problem in 2018, she was left without a home and her belongings. Gratefully, she still has what’s most important to her, her two dogs Maggie and Luci.
Friends gathered to conceive the Amelia’s House fundraising concept based on the premise that when a penny doubles every day for one month, $5,368,709.12 is reached in 30 days. Amelia’s House will harness this power of the penny to pool all-sized donors together on Go Fund Me. When the full goal is reached this month, Amelia’s House will officially open as a new nonprofit, based in the Western Catskills, New York, with a goal of helping Amelia, then at least 100 other individuals and families each year, move out of a housing crisis and into a home.
Amelia is honored by her friends making this happen: “With the start of this organization, I’m hopeful for the first time in a really long time. Right now, I am being helped by an amazing group of people. I love imagining how much I will be able to give back once I am settled.”
Community members who want to donate services, building materials and non-monetary items can also link in soon, with geographic matching software that will connect service offerings with need requests in all regions of the US.
Friend Jennifer Porter is helping to lead the vision. \”Amelia\’s housing crisis gave us an idea to do something to help her and the world. Even one penny advances our mission to help people have secure housing and then be able to give back with their higher purpose.\”
Like Amelia herself, Amelia’s House supports a mindset of possibility and hope. Guided by the values of purpose, community, fun, service, and love, Amelia’s House is using the power of social media, internet connectivity, and pocket change to magnify good in the world by lessening the burden of uncertainty that comes from house insecurity, and increasing community through service.