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(Some Guy)   In only a little over a day, we raised almost eleven thousand dollars for the Saint Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in Youngstown, Ohio. Although we hit our target in a day, there's 43 more to go, so spread the word   (igg.me) divider line 42
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2012-10-21 05:04:23 AM  
We're currently at $10,915!

please spread the word via Facebook, Twitter and whatever other means you see fit. We may have hit the original goal in a day, but we have 43 more to go and the more we raise, the more the soup kitchen gets! There's a lot of donations going in via direct means right now, but in December when the weather is cold and the interest has vanished, this money will mean a LOT. Like someone said- there will still be hungry people in December.

I spoke with Brian Antal, the President of the Mahoning County Saint Vincent de Paul Society today. He told me that he had been following our campaign closely and was very happy at how successful it had been in such a short time. The guy is a volunteer who gets no money for his work and this has totally consumed his every waking moment, so I tried to keep the conversation short.

With his permission, I'm passing this along, which he posted as a comment to the campaign:

"Thank you to all that are supporting the hard work of our Volunteers and helping the 100,000 individuals we serve annually. The donations, kind words and support are all very much welcome and appreciated.

Brian J. Antal,
President- St. Vincent de Paul Society Mahoning County"


Also, I have an interview with a reporter for a national media outlet on Monday morning about this campaign. In addition, it was linked to on a Salon article, thanks to Farker Phins for the link. Link
 
2012-10-21 05:26:03 AM  
Excellent job, folks.

This is farking awesome.

Also, good luck on your interview. DON'T FORGET TO MENTION FARK OR I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN AND FORCE YOU TO EAT COW LIVER WITH A SIDE ORDER OF HAGGIS AND CABBAGE.
 
2012-10-21 06:16:02 AM  
Soup kitchen destroyed by republican campaign stop gets liberal socialist bailout ?

(I live in a red state I have to choose my words carefully...)
 
2012-10-21 06:31:01 AM  
Help the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen

on Facebook

Raised so far: $10,915
Target: $10,000

(44 days left)


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2012-10-21 06:54:12 AM  

GreatGlavinsGhost: Help the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen

on Facebook

Raised so far: $10,915
Target: $10,000
(44 days left)


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2012-10-21 09:49:26 AM  
Good job Farkers!

/just donated
 
2012-10-21 10:34:20 AM  
Very cool news indeed.
 
2012-10-21 10:43:16 AM  
Again, great job everyone! I have never been prouder of Fark than I am these last few days. It's staggering to think that between random comments from me, and a couple of other folks, we've raised over $25,000 for two charitable efforts in less than a week! :)

As for this campaign, I think we're at a point where we need to spread the word to not just to others, but to some "higher ups" too. So, if you haven't already tried, think about sending a tweet, facebook message, or email to local news channels, radio shows, or anyone else you think might be interested. As Cyclometh said the other day, one RT from a popular person could explode the donations through the roof.
 
2012-10-21 12:41:25 PM  
I'd make the case for ending the drive and donating the money, in my experience with fund raising for nonprofits once you reach your goal donations will drop off exponentially as people move on to other good deeds. I would think that would be doubly true of the internet community where things are always flash in the pan. Also, the money could probably help them out now because the gap needs to be filled now until they can shore up other avenues of support. just my opinion though so take it with a bowl of soup.
 
2012-10-21 02:06:09 PM  
Help the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen

on Facebook

Raised so far: $11,040
Target: $10,000

(43 days left)
 
2012-10-21 02:29:57 PM  

Headso: I'd make the case for ending the drive and donating the money, in my experience with fund raising for nonprofits once you reach your goal donations will drop off exponentially as people move on to other good deeds. I would think that would be doubly true of the internet community where things are always flash in the pan. Also, the money could probably help them out now because the gap needs to be filled now until they can shore up other avenues of support. just my opinion though so take it with a bowl of soup.


Wth all the media attention they are receiving a good amount of donations via other means, such as direct contributions. The leadership of the SVdP chapter this is for knows about our campaign and its duration and is comfortable with it.

Once the media firestorm dies down and attention has moved on, people will still be hungry and this money, however much it is, will be a huge Christmas gift.
 
2012-10-21 02:43:22 PM  

Majick Thise: Soup kitchen destroyed by republican campaign stop gets liberal socialist bailout ?

(I live in a red state I have to choose my words carefully...)


um...who is withholding the donations?

I will admit, i haven't really heard about this until now so please excuse my ignorance.

it would seem strange that republicans donors would withhold donations from their boy's photo-op.
It would seem even stranger that Democract donors would.
 
2012-10-21 02:52:29 PM  

mr lawson: Majick Thise: Soup kitchen destroyed by republican campaign stop gets liberal socialist bailout ?

(I live in a red state I have to choose my words carefully...)

um...who is withholding the donations?

I will admit, i haven't really heard about this until now so please excuse my ignorance.

it would seem strange that republicans donors would withhold donations from their boy's photo-op.
It would seem even stranger that Democract donors would.


There's a link to a huffpo article in TFA that explains it.
 
2012-10-21 02:52:50 PM  
HuffPo follow-up story: Link.

Great job Cyclometh and all you other Farkers!

I know Ryan's stunt is now "old news," but it's not (quite) too late for the follow-up story to be picked up my the MSM. I'd really love for Ryan to be forced to come up with a response for his assholery.
 
2012-10-21 03:14:28 PM  

kc278: I'd really love for Ryan to be forced to come up with a response for his assholery.


And maybe toss in a few bucks of his own.
 
2012-10-21 03:46:11 PM  
Donations still coming in! I also updated the front page of the campaign site with Brian Antal's message.
 
2012-10-21 05:19:51 PM  
So there will be soup for you?
 
2012-10-21 05:35:51 PM  
Anyone have a suggestion for a good subreddit to submit the fundraiser to? I'm damned if I can find one that is a) appropriate and b) allows links of this type.
 
2012-10-21 05:57:32 PM  
Well, I posted it here: http://redd.it/11v2by

Let's upvote this sucker, eh?
 
2012-10-21 06:00:32 PM  

Cyclometh: Anyone have a suggestion for a good subreddit to submit the fundraiser to? I'm damned if I can find one that is a) appropriate and b) allows links of this type.


I just checked the list of subreddits and it crapped out on me. Seems it's very busy. But, I did see one for older people that might work.

???

IDK
 
2012-10-21 06:27:38 PM  
Help the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen

on Facebook

Raised so far: $11,545
Target: $10,000

(43 days left)
 
2012-10-21 06:37:43 PM  
In for $100. Great job guys!
 
2012-10-21 07:03:41 PM  
Can we up the goal to, say, $15k? As has been mentioned, psychologically people will be more likely to donate if they're helping to reach a "goal," rather than just adding even more icing to a cake.
 
2012-10-21 07:25:05 PM  

Now That's What I Call a Taco!: Can we up the goal to, say, $15k? As has been mentioned, psychologically people will be more likely to donate if they're helping to reach a "goal," rather than just adding even more icing to a cake.


Unfortunately we can't change the goal amount after the campaign begins.
 
2012-10-21 08:21:48 PM  

Cyclometh: There's a link to a huffpo article in TFA that explains it.


read it...still don't get who is pissed and pulling their donations.
Well, other than the Pres. of it.
 
2012-10-21 08:46:58 PM  
Did you see this one from FARK Main?
 
2012-10-21 08:51:58 PM  

Cyclometh: Now That's What I Call a Taco!: Can we up the goal to, say, $15k? As has been mentioned, psychologically people will be more likely to donate if they're helping to reach a "goal," rather than just adding even more icing to a cake.

Unfortunately we can't change the goal amount after the campaign begins.


Maybe as a founder of a successful campaign you could email a suggestion to allow such to the webmaster.

It sucks hard that it cannot be upped and I agree that it will convince people who would otherwise donate not to.
 
2012-10-21 10:02:21 PM  

Jebus Slaves: In for $100. Great job guys!


Thanks so much!
 
2012-10-22 12:50:30 AM  
w00t!

Help the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen

on Facebook

Raised so far: $12,295
Target: $10,000

(43 days left)
 
2012-10-22 02:59:21 AM  
We're picking up some media attention:

Vindy.com (Youngstown newspaper): Link
Kos is discussing it in comments here: Link
HuffPo: Link

Twitter seems to be having some fun with #dishwatergate.

I have an interview tomorrow morning, I'll follow up with what was discussed.
 
2012-10-22 03:56:20 AM  

Cyclometh: We're picking up some media attention:

Vindy.com (Youngstown newspaper): Link
Kos is discussing it in comments here: Link
HuffPo: Link

Twitter seems to be having some fun with #dishwatergate.

I have an interview tomorrow morning, I'll follow up with what was discussed.


Good luck with the interview.
 
2012-10-22 04:02:47 AM  

GreatGlavinsGhost: Cyclometh: We're picking up some media attention:

Vindy.com (Youngstown newspaper): Link
Kos is discussing it in comments here: Link
HuffPo: Link

Twitter seems to be having some fun with #dishwatergate.

I have an interview tomorrow morning, I'll follow up with what was discussed.

Good luck with the interview.


Thank you kindly!
 
2012-10-22 12:17:36 PM  
Quick update- I spoke with a reporter from a major media outlet this morning and I think there will be an article coming out sometime today- we'll see. The conversation went well, I think.

More to come as it comes in. Please continue to spread the word!
 
2012-10-22 12:29:55 PM  

Cyclometh: Quick update- I spoke with a reporter from a major media outlet this morning and I think there will be an article coming out sometime today- we'll see. The conversation went well, I think.

More to come as it comes in. Please continue to spread the word!


Sweet! Thanks for doing that!
 
2012-10-22 02:13:55 PM  
Since this campaign is going to last for awhile and we are working to raise donations for the soup kitchen in Youngstown Ohio - as well as - encouraging folks to also donate to their local soup kitchens, food banks and shelters - thought it might be helpful to get some info on the homeless in the U.S.

One of the Top Ten Myths Concerning Homelessness is that the homeless in America are composed primarily of scraggly alcoholic and/or drug addicted men.

Figured folks knowing more about "who the homeless are" might help some be more willing to donate.

Anyhow, been googling away and will post some of what I've found out so far.

Turns out - according to the Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program Data Collection Summary Federally Required State Data Collection - there were one million, sixty-five thousand seven hundred ninety-four (1,065,794) homeless students reported enrolled in school during the 2010-11 school year.

Golly! That's a LOT of kids! And those numbers only reflect school age children (and ones whose parents were willing to admit their family is homeless - which is grounds for removal of children in most states)

One million, sixty-five thousand seven hundred ninety-four (1,065,794) homeless students

Was trying to visualize this number. . .

So somewhere between a city the size of Dallas,Texas which had a population of 1,197,816 and San Jose, California's population of 945,942 (figures reflect year 2010)

There are only eight cities in the United States larger than those two . . .

GOLLY! THAT's a LOT of homeless students!

(Several articles have stated that the numbers of homeless families have not been this high since the Great Depression. Will try and get together stats for that as well as ones for Ohio.)

/will continue to post homeless info updates
//hopefully this info can be used by others working to raise donations for this worthy cause
 
2012-10-22 04:54:24 PM  
Looks like we've been noticed by Suicide Girls : Link (NSFW)

Found that searching for incoming links to the campaign site.
 
2012-10-22 05:41:07 PM  

Cyclometh: Looks like we've been noticed by Suicide Girls : Link (NSFW)

Found that searching for incoming links to the campaign site.


I love me some SGs.
 
2012-10-22 07:30:59 PM  
To y'all running this campaign a quick question. Not too internet savvy here.
Is there one of those link thingies for the Indiegogo page that can be put on blogs, websites and stuff?

That "No politics. Just soup." motto is so great.

Not sure if that option is already there - but will try to get it put up on some - if it is.
 
2012-10-22 07:40:33 PM  

WorthNoting: To y'all running this campaign a quick question. Not too internet savvy here.
Is there one of those link thingies for the Indiegogo page that can be put on blogs, websites and stuff?

That "No politics. Just soup." motto is so great.

Not sure if that option is already there - but will try to get it put up on some - if it is.


The shortlink to the IndieGoGo site: http://igg.me/p/252971?a=1612132
 
2012-10-22 10:28:00 PM  

Cyclometh: WorthNoting: To y'all running this campaign a quick question. Not too internet savvy here.
Is there one of those link thingies for the Indiegogo page that can be put on blogs, websites and stuff?

That "No politics. Just soup." motto is so great.

Not sure if that option is already there - but will try to get it put up on some - if it is.

The shortlink to the IndieGoGo site: http://igg.me/p/252971?a=1612132


Wish I could remember the name of what I'm talking about but having a "senior moment".

Maybe they can't be used for something like this anyway - I'm not sure.

It's like a button with the logo and motto on it and other web places have them - off to the side - as a sponsored link(?) -. It looks the same wherever ya see it - so I'm assuming it's available to download somehow - ya click on that as the link to the site - but it's like a little promo thing that's there - so it helps get the word out.

Sorry I can't remember what they're called . . .

Also, have gotten some great feedback from non-farker friends (helping to share this campaign on) - who thought this was such a neat thing to do and they were even excited about Fark getting the article in the Huffington Post. The "No Politics. Just Soup" was a big hit! 

Thanks again to each of you who got into action and made this happen!

/off to grow replacement brain cells with caffeine
 
2012-10-23 01:11:09 AM  
Help the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen

on Facebook

Raised so far: $14,755
Target: $10,000

(41 days left)

Some information about homelessness from a fellow FARKer


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2012-10-23 01:44:42 AM  
I've posted a new thread to FarkUs, keep an eye out for it if and when the modmins approve it.

In the meantime, my interview with Jason Cherkis of the Huffington Post went well. However, another HuffPo blogger had already covered the Fark Fundraiser angle, and although that person didn't contact us and used the information on the donation site and such, he didn't want to do another piece on it because it had already been covered.

However, he did put a short blurb into the daily HuffPo newsletter. This is what it said:

SOUP KITCHEN VISITED BY PAUL RYAN NOT DEAD - Jason Cherkis: "The soup kitchen facing a donor backlash in the wake of Paul Ryan's embarrassing photo op has been rescued by the internet. The day after HuffPost broke the kitchen's sad news, Corey Snow of Olympia Washington, organized an online fundraising drive on the charity's behalf. In about 30 hours, Snow had raised $10,000. By Monday morning, donations had reached more than $12,600. Snow said that he was upset that the most needy would become pawns in presidential politics. 'People are hungry regardless of whether you vote Democrat or Republican,' he said. 'I thought it was not cool that they were pulling donations.' Snow, who has talked with the charity's director, plans on keeping the campaign going long past the election. He plans on turning in his donations to the soup kitchen by mid December. 'The election will still be over but people will still be hungry,' he said. The campaign site link is http://www.indiegogo.com/svdp-soupkitchen. There is also a direct donation site set up by the Mahoning County Society of Saint Vincent de Paul at http://mahoningsvdp.org, and of course the national site at http://svdpusa.org.
 
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