project leader
Kim C
location
Matching COVID-19 Workers to RVs
(San Francisco Bay Area)
latest update rss
Dear Visitor,

the project

UPDATE: 

We are almost halfway to our current funding goal, with less than two weeks to go until we can collect the funds to pay our current bills.  We only need $1,000 to cross this finish line and if we had a patron that can offer $500, we can set up a matching fund with our non-profit partner to raise the rest.

You can see pictures of our thank gifts and budget at https://RVMatchMaker.ORG/budget  Our patrons will receive some updates privately.  

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RVMatchMaker.ORG is a matching platform that connects frontline workers with unused RV’s to self-isolate and protect their families from medical and financial consequences of infection.  This project can save lives in response to a need that is underfunded.

Our self-serve platform empowers people to find solutions to their self isolation needs which optimizes resources for all –– from taxpayers to RV owners to frontline workers –– while improving the overall health of the communities served.

There are many people and businesses to thank for donating their time, tools and expertise to make this project happen.  It would have been impossible without them.  Their contagious optimism and persistence through the development obstacles are deeply appreciated.

We were delayed by the firestorms for many months due to forced evacuation for medical reasons, which then resulted in a permanent relocation, but we are now offering our service in the San Francisco Bay Area!

There is significant work behind this platform and we think RV Owners will be delighted by the attention detail, and depth of information and expertise.  Content is extensive which includes advice on utilities, zoning, insurance, care of RVs, being good neighbors, as well as detailed suggestions on screening applications and creating agreements.

We invite you to help by:

  1. Offering an RV
  2. Hosting an RV
  3. Offering a donation of $25 or more

the steps

We are now offering our service in the San Francisco Bay Area!  We began communications with hospitals in April and they have expressed a strong interest for this service for future potential pandemics and potentially now.  While demand is much lower than December, none of us knows when this pandemic will end or if a new biological threat will happen.  ~ But with your support and participation, we can have one more option for community resiliency as we move into the future.

We have years of RV experience in the firestorm context and 9 dedicated volunteers with abundant enthusiasm.   This platform works like a dating application, with the benefits of privacy and educational material to facilitate a successful match.  We are giving you the tools needed to empower someone in need to find solutions to their self-isolation needs at no charge.

If you work in a facility that treats COVID-19 infections and need an RV to self-isolate or wish to offer or host an RV
PLEASE VISIT RVMatchMaker.ORG/RV

why we're doing it

The news focuses on number of deaths and hospitalizations, but rarely speaks about the economic impact of hospitalization, which can financially be financially devastating.

By facilitating the free exchange of information, we can help frontline workers find affordable secondary housing, so they can protect the people they love from COVID-19.

  • Improve economic outlook. According to The Brookings Institution, many medical workers finances are being stretched to the breaking point. Most workers already spend over 30% of their income on housing, and are also saddled with greater than $100k in student and consumer debt. Providing an RV to self-isolate means that frontline workers are able to pay their bills on time and build long-term savings for their families.
  • Improve mental health and well-being. Having a safe place to self-isolate can have a significant impact on a frontline worker’s mental health. A survey by the New York Times, found that needing isolation housing compounds the stress of their grueling work environment which results in poor sleep and reduced mental health.
  • Improve worker retention/recruitment. According to The Atlantic, 22% of US hospitals do not have adequate staff to support the surge in demand they currently face. By offering frontline workers an affordable secondary housing option, we can reduce potential barriers to accepting employment.
  • Reduce disproportionate impact on economically disadvantaged communities. A study conducted by The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis shows that Black and Latino medical workers often face over-crowded living conditions, causing further viral spread.

More About Our Budget and Thank You Gifts

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This bumper sticker is a thank you gift for donations of $25 or more.
We hope this brings you and the people around you smiles across the miles!
Details at:
https://rvmatchmaker.org/budget

 

The tax deductibility of your contribution may be reduced by the cost of goods received (perks). If you have questions, please contact your financial advisor.

budget

Budget 3.22.21

We would like to recover half the expenses already incurred to develop this project. We are also raising money for a re-furbished computer. 

Expenses incurred so far:

$355 cost of dues and subscriptions

$191 cost of perk supplies

$423 cost of platform software

$864 computer and miscellaneous expenses. 

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We are fundraising this month for:

$916              50% Subtotal of expenses already incurred

$650              Computer




  Waived Fees Normal Fees
PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $1,566 $1,566
ioby Platform Fee waived $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) waived $87
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$48 $52
TOTAL TO RAISE = $1,614 $1,740

Please note: ioby fees are estimated and will be calculated based on totals at the end of the campaign.

To date we have had significant in kind donations and offers for donations.  We have utilized $5,000 in in-kind donations and have another $10,000 in donated services available to utilize, which include state ID verification, if needed.

 

updates

Dear Visitor,

Thank you for your interest in RVMatchMaker.ORG.

We are so deeply grateful to the patrons, partners and volunteers that support this project.

They are sunshine to our hearts and fuel for our gas tank to keep going.

Without the kindness of all these wonderful people, this journey would be much harder to achieve.

All updates we provide are given privately, so if you wish to join our lovely support network, please opt-in for email communication.

You will always be the first to receive news about our status.

Together we will learn how to do this important work for this pandemic and  other future environmental challenges.

From Kimberly and the RVMatchMaker.ORG team ~ We wish you well,

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • Danny Larson All Flow Muffler & Auto Repair
  • ioby's Grass Roots COVID Fund
  • ioby's COVID FUND
  • ioby's COVID FUND
  • Sara H.
  • Bill Williams
  • Anonymous
  • William D.
  • Tracy & Robert Blum
  • Calvin
  • Runn V.
  • Anonymous