Richland Gives: A call to action

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As you can tell from my profile page, I work for the nonprofit organization the North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC). Every year the Richland County Foundation runs a campaign called “Richland Gives”, which is a campaign “designed to encourage everyone to support local nonprofits they care about through a single giving platform/website.

As a result, I want to encourage you, dear reader, to donate to NECIC, the nonprofit that I work for. If you like the content that I write and want to support me, this would be the best way to do so. Please click the button below to go to the page where you can read about our work and support us with a donation. We’re aiming to raise $5,000 this year. If every person that visits my website donates $5 (or the equivalent thereof in your currency), we’ll achieve this goal by the time you finish reading this sentence. So please help us do this!

That said, at the end of the day I’m just some stranger from across the vastness of the Internet that is asking you to donate your hard-earned money. Honestly, I have very little leverage in this request. So what can I write to persuade you to donate? I don’t really know, but I’m going to try anyway.

Look, I know I won’t change the world, but I believe in the work that we do to make the community a better place. I watch all the things going on in the news; all the hate, all the anger, all the disgruntlement with government, and I realize that a lot of people are very unhappy with the state of the world. As a result, I’ve chosen to dedicate my career to the nonprofit sector.

While I know that changing the course of an entire nation is very, very difficult, I know that changing the community is a lot more attainable for the average person like me. And at the end of my life, I hope to be able to tell the people I love that even though I didn’t change the world during my lifetime, I gave everything I had to bettering my community.

Hence, I’m asking you to help me do this. Not to change the fate of hundreds of millions of people across the world, but to help the men and women down the street that need help.

People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors.
— George Eliot/Mary Anne Evans

See you, Space Cowboy.