Non-profit firm that helps others is in need themselves
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
The Hawaii Appleseed Center is a non-profit firm that advocates on behalf of low income individuals and families. In the past, it's battled for homeless children to have better access to schools. It has pushed for free breakfasts for students from low-income families. Currently, it's fighting the state in court to increase the monthly stipend for foster parents in Hawaii, who are currently paid one of the lowest amounts in the nation.
Their efforts have helped out countless people in the community. Now, they're turning to the community for help.
"A lot of the work that we do requires change, which can be really difficult at times. A lot of times, people don't want to fund the discomfort that's required to make positive change" explained Deputy Director Gavin Thornton. "People don't want to necessarily spend on folks that aren't really making big complaints about issues" he continued. Thus, the firm has difficulty in approaching deep pocketed donors who are worried about supporting causes that may be considered risqué or polarizing.
Hence, the crowd-funding campaign on indiegogo.com. It seeks to raise $15,000 for operations covering the next four months. Thornton says the lights won't go dark on the firm if it can't reach that number, but Appleseed's ability to help, and its reach will be affected. As with the mission of the Appleseed Center, he knows the smallest amount of help can make a big difference.
"It doesn't have to be that much, 5-10 dollars. Whatever you can contribute--and then share it with your friends".