Our Thanks, This Thanksgiving

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In this time of gratitude, we give thanks for you. We are grateful for the pleasure of serving you and meeting the collaborative giving needs of your family and friends. We truly value and appreciate your confidence in us. Counting you among our members is something for which we are especially grateful. On behalf of all of us at Common Change, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.

Who is helping Whom This Week?

Every once in a while we like to randomly select a few requests to share publicly that groups are considering.  Common Change organizes them by the type of request – Transportation, Healthcare, Education, etc..

Transportation & Auto Expense   Health Care ExpensesEducation

  • Rent assistance for woman who lost her job
  • Help family get into Habitat for Humanity home before Christmas
  • Surgery cost for friend
  • Helping pay for a funeral
  • Helping Nigerian Family With Tuition
  • Takeaway meal for family moving house
  • Help friend recover from brain surgery
  • 5 tentsfor 5 Iraqi refugee families
  • Self Care for Friend working at an Orphanage in Jamaica
  • Meal for Community Development
  • Help single mom and daughter to remain in home
  • Medical bills for woman with HIV
  • Neighbor’s electricity bill
  • 6 Chiropractor sessions for friend in chronic pain
  • Mom needs gas bill paid
  • Medical bills for birth of daughter
  • Replace stolen items for elderly neighbor
  • Birthday party for mom and 4 kids living in a shelter
  • Preventative health and emergency food for Liberian family helping community fight Ebola
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A Better Yes And No

Over the course of time, we have understood that groups are often wrestling with how to best help – as it is not a matter of whether they will help, simply how to help.  Often times, individuals would simply stay silent on given requests since saying “no” felt as though they were wanting to block the request instead of trying to explore alternative ideas.  In the same way, a simple “yes” didn’t capture the sentiment that a member could go either way.

Helping Friends

Now you have four options: Concur – I agree with this and want it to go ahead, Open – I am impartial and okay with this, Wonder – I believe we can probably do better, and Disfavor – I have objections and am not okay with it going ahead.

The first two options will move the request forward as presented and the last two will encourage further conversation on alternative ideas how to help.  Our hope is that these additional weigh in options create deeper and more meaningful conversations within our groups.

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