BENEFITING: PROMO FUND & SAGE Metro St. Louis
ORGANIZER: PROMO FUND & SAGE Metro St. Louis
EVENT: 2013 GO! For A Cause
EVENT DATE: Apr 06, 2013
I want your money.
Please click the green DONATE button.
Hey, at least I'm honest.
I am running a 5K for Team Go! For Equality. This means that for every dollar you donate will ensure that
a) my chicken legs get their first workout after a measly attempt at running in the St. Louis rain and some wobbling on an ice rink
b) people continue to work towards ensuring that everyone can get equal opportunities to get housing, health services and employment.
The money goes straight to PROMO and SAGE Metro St. Louis in a 60-40 split, with PROMO working toward LGBT rights in Missouri and SAGE providing services and advocacy for LGBT older adults. As a SAGE intern, I know that SAGE runs lean and does great work. No penny given is wasted, and each dollar stretches far beyond what it should (my co-workers are incredibly passionate and work unreasonably long hours).
One example that motivates me to support SAGE is when a person walked into our office, homeless and living out of a van. The person said that they had tried to apply for housing on their own, only to be denied by every housing provider to whom they reached out. My supervisor and I went into emergency mode, and stopped our meeting in order to cold call housing providers and email people within our network to find affordable and inclusive housing. Finally, we were able send this person on their way to speak with a housing provider in our network.
If you want to know more about why I support PROMO and SAGE Metro St. Louis or if you want to join me on this run, please contact me at karen.lynn.yang[at]gmail[dot]com.
1. I am a practicum student at SAGE Metro St. Louis, and was recently dubbed "The Intern" at a recent trivia night benefiting SAGE.
2. I am a dual-degree MSW/MAPS student at Washington University in St. Louis and Eden Theological Seminary.
3. I read the Bible a lot, which led me to believe that I needed to care for people whom society pushes to the margins. The field of social work showed me that this meant older adults. Then I attended a seminar by Sherrill Wayland, who is the rock star of social workers, and saw that within older adults, LGBT older adults endure even more discrimination and marginalization. And I have been working with Sherrill ever since.
4. I'm a Californian, so the humid summer and the cold snow have been my excuses for not running.
5. I never thought that the combination of Oreos and frosting was possible, until the SAGE board of directors showed me the light.
In the spirit of crowdfunding, I'm taking a leaf from Kickstarter and offering some rewards for donating to Team Equality.
This is because I know that we give not because we're wonderful people, but because it feels so dang good! Altruism is selfish, and that's okay... because I plan to take full advantage of that.
My feel-dang-good rewards are as follows:
$10: A handwritten thank you card. Anyone who has received one of these from me knows that they are one of a kind, filled with drawings and flattering compliments and poems and sunshine.
$20: A handwritten thank you card and a video of me extolling your virtues. If you need this addressed to your mom, your partner, your supervisor, or anyone else who never thinks you are good enough, this can be arranged. If you are local or lucky, I can also throw some baked goods or a fair trade gift that supports the artisan that made it into the deal. I know. We're getting fancy. Is anyone else starting to think of the 12 days of Christmas song?
$50: A handwritten thank you card, a video of me extolling your virtues and a baked good. Possibly cookies. If you are gluten-free, I will procure this from the nearest local hippie grocery store.
$75: A handwritten thank you card, a video of me extolling your virtues and a gift from a comic book shop. Maybe you want a comic book. Or you're a Doctor Who fanatic. Or you think Totoro is your Spirit Animal. I will do my best to satisfy your geeky tendencies.
$100: A handwritten thank you card, a video of me extolling your virtues and picks from the Historical Soulard Farmer's Market. They are my all-time fave. I would live there, if they had showers.
SUPPORT above that: I will seriously consider an offer of marriage, a civil union, or a very intense 3 minute unblinking gaze. This could get weird. In all honesty, if you are donating above $100, I would love to have a 30 minute conversation about life, love, your hopes and dreams, the weather and how to become the Queen of England without marrying into the family (Corgis are so cute).
Please email me at karen.lynn.yang[at]gmail[dot]com with your address and the amount you donated to receive these gifts. If your gift requires shipping, I ask that you donate $10 above the amount-- I do not receive any of this money, but this just ensures that I don't go broke through shipping requirements. If you cannot donate $10 above the amount, but still want gifts from your category and also require shipping, please give me three good sentences begging for the gifts and I will consider your request. If you want a different gift, please let me know and I will consider it. I have never made a rainbow cake or rainbow jello before and it seems fun.
Thanks for reading, loves!