Give, in Alameda
Nicole Wintermyer says she is always looking to help people. And the facts back her up. This stay-at-home mom organized a silent art auction to raise funds for Kiva, which provides microloans for small businesses in developing countries. She pulled together a haircutting event to make wigs for the American Cancer Society’s Oakland office. And now, she’s setting her sights right here in town, connecting those in need with people who want to help them.
This time out, Nicole’s got a website called Give in Alameda. I think she can explain this brand-new venture best:
My goal with the site is pretty much to just strengthen the community by connecting people and providing them a central location to look for and provide help. If someone out there is feeling generous, well my site’s the place for them! And if someone is looking for help … my site can put their request out there.
Here’s how it works: If you need something, send Nicole an e-mail. She’ll post the information. Anyone interested in helping that person or organization can e-mail Nicole, who will connect them up. She’s got space for schools, people and organizations in need, as well as events and a place to donate money. She’s just waiting to hear from folks who need help.
Nicole says she’s doing this out of a sense of responsibility for her community, to set an example for her children, because she thinks it’s important. She says she was inspired by Oprah’s “Big Give” TV show to put this together. But I don’t know. I think she’s the inspiration.
Once more, her site is http://www.giveinalameda.com/.