This week I received some fantastic news. A local non-profit organization, Sara Spins, saw my posts online and contacted me. Could they help me raise money for a service dog?
I couldn’t believe it. This is the sort of thing that happens in movies, or maybe the evening news on a slow day. But it happened to me, a sweaty graduate student surrounded by books from the nineteenth century and bruised knees from collisions with who-knows-what. I still can’t quite believe it. With the assistance of Sara Spins, I can now fundraise through their site, and 100% of donations would go directly towards the cost of my service dog. Unlike GoFundMe, all costs of overhead and fund distribution have been waived. This puts me closer to reaching my goal! Within a few weeks, Sara Spins has managed the complicated legal preliminaries and even put a page about me up on their website: http://www.saraspins.org/michelle.html.
Sara Spins is an incredible organization. It was started in 2012 by a student at the University of Cincinnati. Since then, the foundation has raised over $25,000 for University of Cincinnati students in need of medical gear. I’ll be their first service dog recipient. I feel very honored to be working with the incredible students behind this organization. They are capable and kind-hearted, and they’re not afraid to step up and face challenges in the best way possible. I look forward to working with them on this, and hopefully on other projects to benefit other students in the future.
In the next few weeks, there will probably be some more flyers coming out that point towards the Sara Spins website instead of the old campaign at GoFundMe. Stay tuned!