1. We have requested to join the Drake FB page so that we can post things that are directly for the residents. We will not be monitoring the page for requests, however, any resident who has an ask should message our FB page, call 612-588-7821, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If we can do it or know someone who does, we will make it happen.
2. Our donation update is that we have had $1435.46 in new donations. Total amount of donations received to date is $4250.76 These donations are what comes into our organization and individuals who donated selected these funds to be used to support the residents. We will continue to have this selection on our donation site until the end of February.
While it is not a large amount of money that is donated to our small non-profit, we have been able to help with things like phones, phone bills, storage costs, moving fees, court costs, electronics, amazon wish list items, and the cost of fees associated with obtaining new vital records.
Costs since last update: $5003.73 (we made up the rest with an organizational donation)
Storage facility fees: $220
Cell phones: $90
Court fees: $800
Moving fees and associated costs: $900.00
Laptops: $500 paid in advance
Amazon wish list: $1562.73
Previous total spent (see 01/13/2020 update) $931
3. We continue to offer notary services for those is need.
4. We have partnered with Starkey Hearing Technologies to replace hearing devices for the residents identified in need. No cost to this org or those in need. Thank you Andrea Morisette Grazzini for helping to coordinate.
5. LAPTOPS and DESKTOPS. ABEP is paying the cost so that every family/individuals can get these replaced. FREE GEEK Twin Cities, thank you for partnering. This offer does not expire. They are located at 2537 25th Ave S, with the entrance off the alley/parking lot side. Their store is open 12-5, Wednesday through Sunday. Thank you Michelle Warneke for making the connection.
6. We are working on getting cars donated that can be given to those who have identified this as a need. I will post updates as this develops.
7. If you believe in our mission and want to give, you can donate at www.paypal.me/abepmn You can select Drake Fire Support as an option.
8. Purchase an item from the Amazon list. Families are starting to find housing and this is a big way to help. ABEP has a business amazon account specifically for this effort and for many items we get business pricing. So if you would rather donate so that we can purchase more items, you are welcome to do that as well. https://www.amazon.com/
9. THANK YOU. Thank you to every single volunteer and donor. These are trying times and it takes a village. Organizing this effort was all volunteer and we are honored to be a part of such a giving community and ecosystem of organizations and individuals who not just believe but operationalize selfless service.
We have several projects this year and we want to make sure that we can make donating more clear and efficient. When you donate to our organization via Paypal, you will now see a drop down to choose where you want your dollars to go. You can donate to our general operations, Village Credit Union Project, Village Housing Project or have your donation go to the residents of the Drake Hotel.
We believe that fundraising using the survivors of this fire and their pain is unethical. While we support the all forms of giving and appreciate those who have stepped up to do what they can, when it comes to fundraising, it is our belief that the equitable thing to do is to give what we can direct.
We encourage anyone who donates to organizations to make sure that you ask questions before you give. Make sure that the non-profit is clear about what the money is being used for to ensure that it matches your values. Check that they are in good standing with the MN Secretary of State and MN Attorney General. Ask your friends about their knowledge and experience with the organization. Look up their public 990. This is the tax form that shows you the financial state of affairs. We also have to be accountable for where we choose to donate our money and taking some of these steps can help you to make an informed decision.
These residents know how to take care of their needs. The issue is that they lost everything and now the Drake that they once called home is no longer habitable. They are having to start all over. As an issue of equity, we think that everyone’s dignity and humanity should be respected by providing them with funding to meet their own needs.
$3290.81 of our donations since Dec 29th, have been selected for direct donation to the Drake residents. Our hope is that our supporters give $50,000. From now until March 1st, donors will see the Drake support option and can choose for it to be recurring if they would like. This option will be removed after this date, and funds will be distributed to those who are verified to have been residents. We have been able to help a few families already that were ready to start moving forward and are happy to play a small part in their recovery. We are also
This effort embodies all seven principles of Kwanzaa: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).