The Hope Slinger Fund
The Hope Slinger’s Fund is a way for us to use donations that people often give us, to deepen conversations about ACCESS, POVERTY, INCLUSIVITY, and EQUITY.
It is intended to be an extension of what we have built at Hope Tank, and something that will allow us to respond to unique community needs that are outside of those identified by our Core Nonprofit Partners.
There are different projects that we will use this fund to support, and if you are moved to give, please designate which project you would like your donation to go towards in the PayPal comment.
We host community events around difficult topics such as pay equity, cultural bias, employing people with disabilities, as well as empowering workshops and meditations.
Period Kits for the Homeless
We purchase tampons, pads, panty liners, OTC pain relievers, and underwear to give to this organization to distribute.
** UPDATE on Charice
We have been overwhelmed by all of the donations, emails, and calls from people in the community who wanted to support this family.
As we said, this was a temporary way for us to raise awareness about something that thousands of families are going through, and support this family.
We are no longer accepting donations for Charice, as we need to focus our work back to our nonprofit partner organizations.
If you are inspired to give back, please consider supporting one of the Hope Tank projects, or the ones we have from our nonprofit friends.
These are organizations that we work with every day, where ONE PERSON can make a difference, and we hope you will find something that moves you to give and get involved!
You make us proud Denver!!
You may have seen the Denver 7 Story about Charice and her 6 children living out of their car. This is a special circumstance that we felt perfectly demonstrates the need to talk about how easy it is for people to find themselves in a difficult situation and how hard it is for people to get themselves out.
We want to talk about how our social service systems are often set up for people to fail. This story gave you a window into how hard people in our community work, just to get the help they desperately need. Getting help can be a full time job, so how can people navigate getting help AND keep a job?
Charice, like many people in poverty, have few people they can trust. We will be acting as a “trusted friend” for Charice, and will provide a safe place for any funds raised to help her and until she is able to set up her bank account.
We will host a community gathering to talk about how we support individual people like Charice, who have immediate needs, and how we can address the bigger issues that lead to these situations. If you’d like to support that event, please be sure to put that in the notes of your donation!
In regards to the Denver 7 Story, from Hope Tank founder
Because of the beautiful outpouring of positive response we have received following the Denver 7 story about Charice and her family, I wanted to be crystal clear with our role in helping this family.
We do not ordinarily support individuals at Hope Tank, because we are committed to making BIG changes in our community, through collective action, and we do that alongside our nonprofit partners. In this particular circumstance, because of my background as a caseworker and because of what we do at Hope Tank to raise awareness of issues in the community, I was asked to speak to how this story represents the bigger issues we are working on Denver, and of course, this story is quite reflective of what so many people are facing these days.
We all knew there would be an immediate response by some, who would want to donate money directly to Charice. That can be a blessing and a curse. Because of her situation, she doesn’t have a bank account set up (a common issue when you don’t have a physical address), a nonprofit cannot accept donations on behalf of an individual, and the news station obviously can’t either. So I made the tough decision to let them use our platform for a temporary option, until early next week, when we can help Charice get things sorted out and take Hope Tank out of the equation.
Hope Tank will keep NONE of this money. PayPal charges a fee for every transaction, and that is the only thing that will come out of the donations (which happens automatically) that people have made. We are in direct contact with Charice and the anchors at Denver 7, to make sure that everything is completely transparent.
Sometimes when you’ve been in a difficult situation like this mom has found herself in, you feel you can’t really trust the people around you, and so we offered our business as a “trusted friend” to accept the help and resources people have reached out with, and pass those along to Charice and her kids. We have no expectations about what Charice chooses to do with these donations, and that was part of what I wanted to talk about. If we choose to give directly to individuals, we have to give those people the opportunity to make the best decisions that are right for them, and that might be different from what we think they should do. If you want to tell people how you think they can help themselves out of a terrible situation, this is probably not the best vehicle to do so.
We are glad that this story has opened up a dialogue in the community about housing, underemployment, addiction, systemic barriers, and bias. We will continue to encourage our community members to have these difficult conversations, and we will continue to give a platform to all kinds of voices that are not always given a chance to be heard. Thank you to the Denver community for your love and your thoughtfulness about a very challenging situation!
-Erika Righter, Founder of Hope Tank
Hope Tank is a for-profit business, so your donation to the Hope Slinger’s Fund is not tax-deductible.
The Hope Slinger Inclusive Business Directory
We created a free, open-source directory for the community, to show how easy it can be to spend your hard-earned dollars intentionally with small businesses that need our support.
We want you to think about ALL of the businesses you spend money with, whether it’s your accountant, your coffee shop, your videographer, or your acupuncturist- how many of them are women-owned, owned by a person of color, or give back?
We saw how difficult it can be to find businesses that are Woman/Person of Color/LGBTQ-Owned or businesses that give back, so we wanted to make it easy to find them! Please use this resource and join the #HopeSlinger movement!