Here’s the text of a Facebook post I made on January 1, 2017.
I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions, but I do make plans. This year, one of my plans needs your help!
I’m giving away $500 in each month of 2017. I saved up money for years to temporarily leave my job in early 2016 and travel and I’ll continue to travel in 2017, but I need and want to share some of the money I saved because I think 2017 really needs to be about sharing and looking out for each other.
HELP ME! I’ll do a post similar to this on the 1st of each month (and maybe some reminders) and from the 1st to the 10th I’ll take your suggestions for where the money should go. Maybe a charity you are personally involved in (think your local food bank where you volunteer as opposed to a giant national charity)? Maybe there’s a gofundme for someone you know directly? Maybe you want me to give it to a waitress or waiter I meet this month? Maybe you know a dedicated teacher who could use the money for his/her classroom? Or perhaps you have a personal request for yourself or someone close to you who needs a little help? Be creative. You can comment on this post directly or send me a private message with your request or idea from now until January 10th.
Each month, I’ll pick one of the suggestions and give away the money (probably around the 15th). I’ll then share with all of you where the money went that month. Of course, with regard to any personal requests for help, names and identifying information will not be shared.
Update – as of May (and the rest of the year), a generous friend of mine named Ryan will be matching my $500 each month!!!