I started a youth organization and no one will support me. Feeling VERY BITTER

Nikkisinfatuated - posted on 11/20/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Greetings everyone!

I'm coming here as a mother, because what I did and what im going through, stems from me being a mother. I am BITTER and angry at the world. What I need is...encouragement, advice...I don't know. My story in a nutshell. I grew up in the inner city. Even though I was intelligent and excelled in school, I still ended up becoming a stripper. From there I ended up prostituting. I had my daughter at 18 years old and in New York with the cost of living, with no education, I ended up doing what MANY girls in my position did. And I gotta tell ya...prostituting has its days...I have a million stories. But I DO NOT WANT THAT for my children and I looked at all the kids growing up around me and saw that they were heading down a spiraling path. So I came up with CoYOUnity...an organization that incentivizes learning. I stripped while my husband went to school, and helped him open up his own automotive business. For the last 2 years I have been a stay at home mom, homeschooling my daughter, and my husband has been the breadwinner. I have spent a LOT of money on coyounity, and I have donated about 5k this year, randomly. For example I donated an IPAD to a child with autism to a girl on my facebook page who I never met. I really truly feel the greatest satisfaction giving. Now...my husband hurt his back. And we are falling behind on bills VERY quickly, especially since I just got custody of my 3 year old god daughter. I never asked for one red cent for my organization. I had plans (which im still working on) to get the community to fund the program, with initiative's like restaurants donating their recyclable cans to us. This way no one ever really has to donate money. But due to recent circumstances, I started soliciting donations, and NOBODY will hear me out. I feel...entitled. Like Karma should be on my side. I did everything from the bottom of my heart, and now im near destitute and no one will donate to my cause. As a mother...I feel as if maybe I should just worry about my children. I am in such an emotional and angry state...what do I do? Do I just ditch the idea and worry about me and mine? Do I just donate to charities? Coyounity is a site to help incentivize learning. Kids learn and earn points which they redeem for points. I have 20 kids in our local group, and I cannot keep this thing going. I ran out of toys, I cant even afford to maintain the site. I just feel...like I have no support from the PARENTS out there...my community sucks.

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Nikkisinfatuated - posted on 11/21/2014

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Hi Sarah,

I am working with a few non profits right now including Safe Streets Arts. I have chosen not to contact local government officials because honestly, I feel they are a large part why the system is the way it is. I envisioned it being a program ran and funded by the community. After Hurricane Sandy I lost everything and watched millions of dollars flood into "tax exempt NON PROFITS", yet I received absolutely NOTHING, except a couple of red cross blankets. I still don't know where the funds went from the big concert they had to benefit Red Cross Victims. There was a lot of red tape. Actually, im wrong, Habitat For Humanity helped us with a coupe of hundred dollars. All of the other organizations said they we aren't the property owners, so we don't qualify for assistance. It was the people in my community who helped. They gave us beds, clothes, food, etc. With the way the system is designed, more funding goes into our prison system then into our school system. I also find it interesting that any number of fundraisers get funding for things like art projects and business ideas, but I cannot get one red cent. Thankyou Sarah. I will not give up. I just had a restaurant agree to give me their recyclables and if I have to lug a million cans to the scrap yard every month, I will. I'm just not interested in the government having any part of this. Their budget will not find us important enough. I was really hoping that people would find it in their hearts to donate a dollar...and maybe...I don't know. I don't know what im missing but people are not finding our organization worthy.

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