Rehabbers! Happy Labor Day!
*Check* it out. A couple of incheresting notes to share.
Spaulding Court has received your funds and they thank you profusely, saying the check couldn't have come at a better time.
Speaking of checks, we encountered a fun and funny situation on the road to getting the money into their hands.
Apparently checks don't have to be written out on regular bank issued checks. As long as a piece of paper has all the appropriate bank account and routing numbers, it should work.
We thought it would be nice and thematic to give Spaulding Court a one square inch check for $2,000. They agreed, and we designed the tiny little micro check you see attached below (blown up here for easy reading).
The bank tellers thought it was hilarious (we all made their day) but weren't sure that they could cash it so we had to use a big boy check to expedite the process. DANG! But YAY because the important thing is they have the money to work with.
Now, something super exciting that's come out of all this that you're all invited to: Spaulding Court has really taken the initiative on new forms of fundraising and is hosting weekly events.
Check out the Soup at Spaulding page on Facebook and become a fan: http://bit.ly/caNqxd . Every Thursday at 7 you can come by for a $5 meal and vote for one of 3 presenting projects to take 1/2 the pool, with Spaulding Court getting the other 1/2. The winning project is then given a chance to double their money on Kickstarter.
So far they've raised some more money for themselves *and* seed funding for things ranging from giant domes for urban agriculture to public art works to food pickling to soil testing. It's amazing.
More people are starting to take notice of their efforts. Check out this brand new Detroit News article and video: http://bit.ly/9VCffW .
We'll keep you periodically updated on their developments and hope you stay engaged. They have a long way to go, but your contributions have been huge not only in the immediate moment, but also in kickstarting more popular attention and expanding their approach to grass roots and internet fundraising. That's remarkable.
Stay inspired, visit Spaulding Court, and thank you again from everyone at LOVELAND and all the friends in the network.