Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise start-up capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. Each week, Xpress highlights notable Western North Carolina crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd.
Gary Sizer’s next book
Author Gary Sizer barely gets past the first sentence in his crowdfunding video when a branch gently slaps him in the face. It’s a fitting interruption for the travel writer, whose book Where’s the Next Shelter? used a comedic spin to detail his time on the Appalachian Trail. Sizer’s follow-up book, which has the working title Home is Forward, covers adventures (and misadventures) from before the thru-hike, including trips through Newfoundland, Iceland, Germany, India and Peru. “We’re going to go all around the world in this book,” he says, including “waking up on a train in Eastern Europe with an empty wallet, one shoe and no idea how we got there.” Sizer, or Green Giant as he’s known on the trail, aims to raise $2,000 by Wednesday, Dec. 21, to cover costs like editing, illustrating, formatting, proofing and printing the work.
Winterizing Standing Rock camps
Operating out of The Regeneration Station, a team of volunteers has been preparing and transporting supplies to protestors at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. “Prior to setting up this GoFundMe, we raised over $10,000 locally and used that to take our first load up in our 45-foot trailer,” Nikki Allen writes online. “From our time there, it seemed 80 percent of the valiant protectors’ camps could be much better prepared for the harsh Dakota winters.” Various gear for heat and shelter are being purchased from Candler-based company Mountain Gear Surplus and transported to Standing Rock in batches in order to address pressing needs. Allen aims to raise $42,000 to fund the purchase and delivery of goods. Note: Following contradictory communications from North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Morton County Sheriff’s Department regarding potential fines to those bringing supplies to Standing Rock, as reported by NPR, Xpress was unable to confirm that Allen’s funds would still be used for the same purpose.
Additional campaigns relating to Standing Rock can be found here.
Backpack care kits for the homeless
Hats, high protein foods, soap, wet wipes, toothpaste and other items will be purchased, packaged inside backpacks and distributed among individuals experiencing homelessness in Buncome and Henderson counties if John Watters reaches his crowdfunding goal. The kits, which he estimates will cost as little as $20 each, are intended to bring recipients “some measure of comfort, hygiene, nutrition and human dignity.” Watters aims to raise $1,000 toward the project, and he’s also committed to volunteer at Homeward Bound for one hour per $25 in donations.
Send your crowdsourcing campaign news to firstname.lastname@example.org. A limited number of campaigns will be highlighted each week, at Xpress’ discretion. Campaigns must be locally based and should represent a current project with an achievable goal. Conditions are subject to change. Read about more Western North Carolina projects here.