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(Some Guy)   The Fark-inspired fundraiser for the Youngstown, Ohio Saint Vincent de Paul soup kitchen has raised almost $15,000 in just four days. Let's keep the momentum going for a great cause   (igg.me ) divider line
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2012-10-23 01:21:05 AM  
Update:

I had an interview with Jason Cherkis of the Huffington Post today. He was the one whose article originally started this campaign, thanks to Grand_Moff_Joseph. By the afternoon, he let me know that another reporter had posted about the fundraiser on HuffPo, so he had not done a full article.

Instead, he sent the following out as a blurb on the Huffington Post daily newsletter email. He also indicated that he'd sent my quotes and those of Mr. Antal to the other HuffPo reporter, who may at some point use them.

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.

Full newsletter feed here.

We've had some other minor media attention to the campaign:

The Daily Vindicator (Youngstown area newspaper)
Business Journal Daily

Please keep spreading the word! We have over 40 days left and I'd like to make it a record-breaking Christmas present for the SVdP soup kitchen.

Campaign site URL: http://igg.me/p/252971?a=1612132

Thank you, Farkers for your support. You're all awesome.
 
2012-10-23 01:58:06 AM  
Another link here mentions that they used to get about $200K/year in donations- although it's unsourced, it seems reasonable. I'd love to see us hit some major fraction of that number by the time this campaign runs its course.
 
2012-10-23 06:32:44 AM  
Pfft. Paul Ryan isn't impressed.
 
2012-10-23 06:35:53 AM  
Sure, because there are so many jobs to be had. Especially for people who only own one or two outfits and no address or bank account.

If you want to start a donation page for St Jude Children's Hospital, I'm sure you can.
 
2012-10-23 07:01:33 AM  
i love you Farks. in a sexy, i want to touch you kind of way.
 
2012-10-23 07:22:30 AM  
Has a happee
 
2012-10-23 07:25:19 AM  
So the new Republican talking point is that Ryan raised thousands of dollars for a soup kitchen. Thanks a lot, Fark...
 
2012-10-23 07:32:29 AM  

LightRider: So the new Republican talking point is that Ryan raised thousands of dollars for a soup kitchen. Thanks a lot, Fark...


Yup, and the Libs tried to keep him from doing it!
 
2012-10-23 07:42:09 AM  
And you should also consider donating to a food bank in your local community.
 
2012-10-23 07:45:40 AM  

Misch: And you should also consider donating to a food bank in your local community.


All of the recent donation threads have had this attitude crop up. Why is there an assumption that donationg to, say, Give Joe the Bird or this soup kitchen is preventing donations to a local charity?
 
2012-10-23 07:48:01 AM  

Misch: And you should also consider donating to a food bank in your local community.


I'm all out of lima beans.
 
2012-10-23 07:59:02 AM  
why don't these people just get food stamps
 
2012-10-23 08:13:01 AM  
Sorry I am already on the hook to buy Joe Biden a Trans Am, because I am told that is full of "lulz" and "win"
 
2012-10-23 08:16:11 AM  

Katolu: All of the recent donation threads have had this attitude crop up. Why is there an assumption that donationg to, say, Give Joe the Bird or this soup kitchen is preventing donations to a local charity?


Because Federal Funding guidelines state that at least 50% of most donations have to be earmarked for specific programs that the non-profit is centered around. The rest can go to administrative costs like overpaying the top two or three members of the charity or, as was the case of a local multiple sclerosis organization a few years ago, taking your secretary to a tropical island to have sex with her on the company's dime.

So if you're going to fund corrupt organizations that hide behind the slogan MAKE A DIFFERENCE BE A HERO HERE'S A PICTURE OF A CHILD DYING FROM AIDSCANCER then you might as well make sure the funds go to your local economy.
 
2012-10-23 08:18:09 AM  
haha sorry, I always say "corrupt" when I mean to say "inefficient" which is what a majority of nonprofits are. Not necessarily this one. I bet this one is the one that is really good and pure and isn't a fleecing suckers.
 
2012-10-23 08:35:41 AM  
Maybe we could combine the soup kitchen fund drive with the Biden t-bird drive?

"Give Joe a Souped-up Bird"?
 
2012-10-23 08:37:57 AM  

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Katolu: All of the recent donation threads have had this attitude crop up. Why is there an assumption that donationg to, say, Give Joe the Bird or this soup kitchen is preventing donations to a local charity?

Because Federal Funding guidelines state that at least 50% of most donations have to be earmarked for specific programs that the non-profit is centered around. The rest can go to administrative costs like overpaying the top two or three members of the charity or, as was the case of a local multiple sclerosis organization a few years ago, taking your secretary to a tropical island to have sex with her on the company's dime.

So if you're going to fund corrupt organizations that hide behind the slogan MAKE A DIFFERENCE BE A HERO HERE'S A PICTURE OF A CHILD DYING FROM AIDSCANCER then you might as well make sure the funds go to your local economy.


Well you seem well adjusted
 
2012-10-23 08:42:06 AM  
And in case anyone else has a naturally distrust of non-profits, this site is pretty useful on checking some of the better known ones. This specific charity isn't listed, but many of the ones I give to on a regular basis are.
 
2012-10-23 08:42:58 AM  

Summoner101: And in case anyone else has a naturally distrust of non-profits, this site is pretty useful on checking some of the better known ones. This specific charity isn't listed, but many of the ones I give to on a regular basis are.


Der, better link.
 
2012-10-23 08:43:58 AM  
Only $15k on four days? The Oatmeal laughs in your face.

/but seriously...
 
2012-10-23 08:45:42 AM  
I donated, but I didn't get any kind of confirmation message. Nothing came off of my card balance either, which usually happens right away. Hope it took.
 
2012-10-23 08:46:34 AM  
Did the R2 campaign even make an attempt to help out after the damage they caused?
 
2012-10-23 08:50:16 AM  

Summoner101:
Well you seem well adjusted


I am. I worked for non-profits for a long time before I had to get out because most of them sell "warm fuzzies" to people who want to allay first-world guilt before going on and continuing to be horrible, self-centered human beings. When the organization you are working for drops $10 million on a database solution that barely works because the search team was headed by a guy who knows some Unix and whose only other talent lies in being biatchy to cover up not asking obvious answers or even engaging in basic testing and your organization is considered one of the good ones then you get a little knowledge of non-profit culture.

Just know where your money is going. It most likely isn't going to where you think.
 
2012-10-23 09:06:56 AM  
With my contribution, the total collected has exceeded $15,000.
 
2012-10-23 09:07:19 AM  

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Summoner101:

Just know where your money is going. It most likely isn't going to where you think.


First off.........In this particular case with this thread I think the SVdPSociety is very much the real deal and you can rest assured your donation will count. 

This is spot on. As a former resident and a person who then was hired by a shelter system, I can attest to the reality that many NPs can be as corrupt as the day is long and filled with cronyism, nepotism and just about any other "ism" that you can think of.

This is not true of all NPs nor is it true of all NP employees even when the organization is a crap house. However, it might surprise you just how little of your donated dollar gets to the programs. It is not just the employees though. As noted upthread, restrictions on the distribution of donations can take many forms and while you think the $10 you are donating will buy $10 worth of food, it does not work out that way at all. There are all sorts of costs running any facility and the money is used for those purposes. On a less flattering side, sometimes money is simply misused or even stolen. I have seen both....and at some very "reputable" organizations.

There is no clear solution to ensuring your donation is used appropriately. But you can lessen the chance that it will be misused by knowing a bit about the organization you are donating to. Do some research. Make some calls. Ask a few questions. But don't lose faith that you cannot help. There are a great many organizations out there that are upstanding and honest. You just have to exercise a bit of care.
 
2012-10-23 09:30:26 AM  

phrawgh: Pfft. Paul Ryan isn't impressed.


That's ok, Paul Ryan's Good Twin just sent some dough.
 
2012-10-23 09:48:48 AM  
If I had a job.......I'd donate.

Dammit Obama!

/Somehow it's my own fault.
 
2012-10-23 09:52:32 AM  

OhioUGrad: If I had a job.......I'd donate.

Dammit Obama!

/Somehow it's my own fault.


if Romney's elected, he will give you Christian right wing style talking points so u can sound better than all your unemployed friends.
 
2012-10-23 09:54:09 AM  
/again just hoping these statistics and resources will be helpful in some way to those working to raise donations for this campaign - as well as - drumming up donations for their LOCAL FOOD BANKS, SOUP KITCHENS and SHELTERS.


Had kinda figured the "since the Great Depression" remarks (referred to in my other post) were an exaggeration that had caught hold among online writers but turns out it's accurate (personally would like a scary tag to insert here)

The National Center on Family Homelessness and the American Institutes for Research who joined forces on October 1, 2012 states:

Among industrialized nations, the United States has the
largest number of homeless women and children.

Not since the Great Depression have so many families been
without homes.


Roughly one-third of the homeless in the United States are families.


About 30 percent of the children in foster care could return to their families immediately if adequate housing could be found.


Lack of Affordable Housing



• In a detailed analysis of the US rental market, the National Low-Income Housing Coalition
concluded that our country is experiencing a significant and prolonged shortage of affordable housing that has
continued to decline.

• 5.8 Million units are needed to fill the gap in affordable housing for extremely low-income households.

• 9.3 million home owners and 10.1 million renters face severe housing cost burdens including 66.4% of
households earning under $15,000 annually.

• Housing costs outpace wages.
A full-time worker earning minimum wage cannot afford a one-bedroom unit priced at the Fair Market Rent
anywhere in the United States. Nationally a full-time worker must earn $18.32 per hour to afford a
two-bedroom apartment at Fair Market Rent.


• Federal support for low-income housing fell 49% from 1980-2003.

• The average wait for public housing is twenty months.

• The average wait for a Section 8 Voucher is thirty-five months.

Poverty


Among the nation's working families, 10 million are poor or near poor.

• 24 million US jobs (one-fifth of all jobs) do not keep a family of four out of poverty.


• Between 1997 and 2007, the federal minimum wage remained $5.15 per hour.19 It was recently
increased to $7.25 per hour20, which still leaves even a single full-time wage earner living below the
Federal Poverty Line.

• Many families do not earn adequate wages:
17% of all American families with two parents16 and 34% of all single parent families lived below the poverty line in 2009.

• The 2010 Federal Poverty Level (FPL) is $22,350 for a family of four, $18,530 for a family of three, and $14,710 for a family of two.

• On average, families need an income twice as high as the Federal Poverty Level to meet their most basic
needs.

• For economic reasons, families are "doubling up" with one another in housing.

/Gotta go but will post more fun homeless FACTS later
 
2012-10-23 10:08:57 AM  

Jon iz teh kewl: OhioUGrad: If I had a job.......I'd donate.

Dammit Obama!

/Somehow it's my own fault.

if Romney's elected, he will give you Christian right wing style talking points so u can sound better than all your unemployed friends.


but.....wings!!
 
2012-10-23 10:30:52 AM  
If would like to ask people to grit their teeth and try to avoid responding to the trolls. Every flame and threadshiat post is just another person who reads the thread and instead of helping shakes their head and moves on.

The best way to really piss off a threadshiatter is for their post to go compketely unremarked. All that effort wasted.

/subby
 
2012-10-23 10:36:17 AM  
I received an email from IndieGoGo this morning- the donation site is being featured on their homepage. Please keep sharing the link and spreading the word. Youngstown is among the most exonomically-depressed areas in the country right now and places like this kitchen are the last line of defense for many.
 
2012-10-23 12:09:20 PM  

Dimensio: With my contribution, the total collected has exceeded $15,000.


THANK YOU!!! :D
 
2012-10-23 12:12:45 PM  

Cyclometh: I received an email from IndieGoGo this morning- the donation site is being featured on their homepage. Please keep sharing the link and spreading the word. Youngstown is among the most exonomically-depressed areas in the country right now and places like this kitchen are the last line of defense for many.


Screencap!

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2012-10-23 01:35:25 PM  
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Raised so far: $15,392
Target: $10,000

(41 days left)

Some information about homelessness from FARKer WorthNothing (Part 2)


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2012-10-23 02:23:09 PM  
Hey folks- I might be getting some traction for this on KIRO 97.3 in Seattle. You can tune in to Ross & Burbank at mynorthwest.com. I got an email from their producer, but I don't know if they'll talk about it.

He did ask for my cell number, so that's something.
 
2012-10-23 02:44:55 PM  

Cyclometh: Hey folks- I might be getting some traction for this on KIRO 97.3 in Seattle. You can tune in to Ross & Burbank at mynorthwest.com. I got an email from their producer, but I don't know if they'll talk about it.

He did ask for my cell number, so that's something.


Awesome, keep us posted!
 
2012-10-23 02:58:25 PM  
OK, I spoke with a very nice gentleman at KIRO who indicated that he was doing a show tonight and that this story would be one of the items they discuss at their editorial meeting this afternoon. If it passes muster, it may be on their show tonight and I would potentially be interviewed via telephone for the segment.

What I found most entertaining was that I sent a heads-up to KIRO via their website, describing the campaign but not mentioning Fark. I'm pretty sure the producer I spoke with is a Farker because his first question was if I was one of the original Farkers behind this, heh.

So, if he's reading this, we appreciate your interest!

If I am tapped for the interview it'll be this evening around 8 PM Pacific time, but there is no guarantee of anything at this point. For those not in the Seattle area you can tune in to a live stream of KIRO at http://mynorthwest.com and if you're in the Puget Sound region you can catch KIRO on air at 97.3 FM.

More updates as the situation warrants, please continue to spread the word!
 
2012-10-23 03:00:07 PM  

Katolu: All of the recent donation threads have had this attitude crop up. Why is there an assumption that donationg to, say, Give Joe the Bird or this soup kitchen is preventing donations to a local charity?


I don't think I am implying that. I know I've written and posted elsewhere for my friends to check out Give Joe The Bird AND the fundraiser for the St. Vincent Depaul society. I'm very happy to be a part of the Fark community that has done this. (And hey, it IS on the Indiegogo main page, and holy crap that's REALLY COOL).

What I am saying is that this fundraiser has reached and far exceeded its goal, and that's a great thing. But I am asking people to consider that instead of continuing to give here, that they consider giving to a local food bank. At the very least I hope to remind people that there is hunger in their community as well.
 
2012-10-23 03:59:37 PM  
More sites and blogs picking this up: Link
 
2012-10-23 05:20:01 PM  

Cyclometh: More sites and blogs picking this up: Link


Great to see the coverage, though I have to take a bit of an issue with the idea TFA is pushing that it's only Dems that are saving the soup kitchen. Many right leaning folks, independents, and otherwise have stepped up.

Still, coverage is good! :D
 
2012-10-23 05:38:49 PM  
As I've said:

'What kind of azzholes stop donating to a soup kitchen because a conservative VP candidate visits it?

"PROGRESSIVE" azzholes, that's who.'
 
2012-10-23 05:45:26 PM  

douchebag/hater: As I've said:

'What kind of azzholes stop donating to a soup kitchen because a conservative VP candidate visits it?

"PROGRESSIVE" azzholes, that's who.'


That is exactly the opposite of what happened. Conservatives withheld donations because Ryan was embarrased by the fallout and they blamed the soup kithcen for it.
 
2012-10-23 06:42:41 PM  
I'm from Y-town and it's definitely been down in the dumps - like everywhere else in the rust belt - since the millls closed.

Thanks to everyone giving... it's very much appreciated.
 
2012-10-23 09:02:04 PM  
No, subby. That's enough.

Give local.
 
2012-10-24 01:20:14 AM  
RAISE THE GOAL TO $30,000!

"If you will it, it is no dream."
 
2012-10-24 03:04:24 AM  

Now That's What I Call a Taco!: RAISE THE GOAL TO $30,000!

"If you will it, it is no dream."


Unfortunately, I can't change the target after the campaign is launched.
 
2012-10-24 11:06:58 PM  

Katolu: Misch: And you should also consider donating to a food bank in your local community.

All of the recent donation threads have had this attitude crop up. Why is there an assumption that donationg to, say, Give Joe the Bird or this soup kitchen is preventing donations to a local charity?


What's going on with give joe the bird? I couldn't find a thread all day, and i noticed the donations have stalled out. I've had a few people "liking" my gjtb stuff on facebook and one person private messaged me to ask what this give joe the bird crap was. (i think he's a republican)
 
2012-10-25 01:13:07 AM  

dopekitty74: Katolu: Misch: And you should also consider donating to a food bank in your local community.

All of the recent donation threads have had this attitude crop up. Why is there an assumption that donationg to, say, Give Joe the Bird or this soup kitchen is preventing donations to a local charity?

What's going on with give joe the bird? I couldn't find a thread all day, and i noticed the donations have stalled out. I've had a few people "liking" my gjtb stuff on facebook and one person private messaged me to ask what this give joe the bird crap was. (i think he's a republican)


GJTB thread

We're gearing up for a big media push.
 
2012-10-25 11:15:57 AM  

Cyclometh: douchebag/hater: As I've said:

'What kind of azzholes stop donating to a soup kitchen because a conservative VP candidate visits it?

"PROGRESSIVE" azzholes, that's who.'

That is exactly the opposite of what happened. Conservatives withheld donations because Ryan was embarrased by the fallout and they blamed the soup kithcen for it.


Nonsense.
 
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