Give One Dollar A Day was started in July of 2016 by Amy, Brie, and Shauna. Amy and Brie are currently pediatric oncology nurses at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and have been for the past 12 years. After witnessing too many families at the hospital suffer, not just from the pain of watching their child endure serious illness, but also struggling with everyday life stressors and financial burdens, we started Give One Dollar A Day. Our goal is to help bring support, respite, and joy to families in need.
In our almost two years, Give One Dollar A Day has raised over $100,000 and we have helped many families with rent support, car payments, utility bills, cell phone bills, and transportation needs. We receive applications from social workers on a weekly basis and so far we have been able to grant almost all of the requests (an advantage of being a relatively small but mighty non-profit). We do a lot work to fill the needs where current systems cannot help.
Most recently we helped a father and son from Hawaii. The boy was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 16 and his father took time off work to be with his son during his treatment. They have been in San Francisco since July 2017. We helped the family with rent bills back at home as well as rental cars while in San Francisco. His son cannot take public transportation due to his low immune system. We also helped him purchase a flight for his familyl to visit from Hawaii. Although they have made many friends in SF, they really miss their family back in Hawaii so being able to see family was a huge blessing.
In the father's words, “Thank you so much Give a Dollar a Day for all you do for families like mine, your kindness and generosity is such a blessing to us. Your name brought tears to my eyes because of what I’ve been through. You have helped me keep going strong as a dad. You are such a blessing to me and my family.”
Give One Dollar A Day is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping ease the financial burden of families affected by illness and poverty. In almost two years, Give One Dollar A Day has been able to help hundreds of families with rent support, car payments, utility bills, cell phone bills, groceries, and transportation needs.