A $5,000 donation that we made together
As you may have gathered from previous "omg!!!!!" emails, this year's Unsolicited Advice campaign raised much more money than expected. Of course costs went up and fees were deducted, but the payment came through this week and it still felt like more than I deserve.
Your support of this project made it happen. With gratitude to all of you, I've donated $5,000 of the funds raised (about $5 per backer) to New York based charities that focus on helping people in the community.
Half of the money went to Housing Works, who help the homeless and those living with HIV/AIDS through several programs, from job placement to mental and behavioral health services. The other half went to City Harvest, who collect extra food from grocery stores, bakeries and restaurants, then redistribute it around the city to feed ~1.4 million people (while reducing food waste).
Combined, these two organizations' missions touch on many universal human needs that I thought we could all take this small part in helping with. I've never been in a position to donate this much at once before, and again I am so grateful to all of you for trusting me.