Sandy Needs New Furnace Desperately

Update posted by Sandy Greer On May 24, 2016

My campaign to pay the bills for a new wood/electric furnace and updated cellar duct work is ending a week from now, or less, depending on your time zone.

Please know how much I appreciate the donations given, and try to focus on the fact that, as of Monday, May 23rd in mid-western Ontario, Canada, donations total to date - online and offline - meet 70 percent of all my expenses.

Yesterday, at a Sunday meeting of worship, among a small, local group of Quakers who have welcomed me into their fold, we discussed the power of love, and what can be accomplished when people come together to help each other in personal moments of need as well as on the larger world stage, to work collectively towards peace and justice for all.

I had prayed the night before for a shift in my consciousness, to let go the constant anxiety about not being able to pay all of these extra new furnace bills, and what will I do. Indeed, through recent weeks I have experienced noticeable bouts of depression, and no longer can give power to that emotional darkness to the degree that it takes me over.

Thank heavens, something shifted in me yesterday, which became the first day in several weeks when I felt a light fill me up, and once again it felt good to be alive. The whole day was filled with a series of delightful serendipitous events.

This crowdfunding campaign began on March 18th, and I extended it twice. I truly have applause and profound gratitude for the support of the team at GoGetFunding, and their compassionate philosophy to give presence to the causes of campaigners.

Moreover, I am eternally grateful to each and every donor, including some kind and generous strangers, and I wish all of you everything good and beautiful.

Of course, I hope and pray for more donations through the coming week. Putting aside the silence from so many to whom I reached out, I now need to focus on keeping connected with those individuals who were not able to offer money yet who, instead, communicated words of loving support on which no price can be put.

So, quoting historic Quaker, William Penn: "Let us see what love can do," to light the path ahead.

Add a Comment

Update posted by Sandy Greer On May 03, 2016

The new photo shows my new green wood/electric furnace, plus some of the new duct work which has improved the flow of heat, and also meets code for house insurance. The brown electrical box from the original furnace is reused here, to save the expense of a new electric box.

Constant anxiety about money has felt like a psychic predator, totally taking over my mind through many weeks, through worry about how to pay the bills, of necessity, to replace an unsafe furnace.

This crowdfunding campaign is to raise funds totally targeted on paying for the new furnace and upgraded duct work. The previous campaign update identified my chimney sweep's bill at $6,260.20.

My electrician, more recently, installed four required new electrical elements in the original box that you see in the new photo, to complete the electrical wiring begun while working with the chimney sweep. For example, the forced air draft fan on the front of the wood furnace requires electricity to burn the wood hot enough (and avoid build up of creosote which caused the previous creosote fires).

The electrician's bill has not yet arrived, but it definitely will meet, or surpass, my campaign goal of $7,500.

In the spirit of my continuing social and environmental advocacy, I hope soon to refocus my mental and emotional energies to renew a fight against a deep geologic repository (DGR) proposed next to Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada. Thus far, I researched and submitted to the federal government seven or more written and oral interventions.

I now want to write a book to raise wider public awareness about the inevitable environmental dangers of a DGR that could harm the well-being of our children and also future generations - forever.

Regardless how a person might feel about nuclear energy, what we do about existing nuclear waste needs a different solution than deep geological repositories. Previous DGRs have leaked radionuclides in other countries. This proposed project will leak eventually too, contaminating the Great Lakes Basin of North America.

Contact me if you have any inquiries at [email protected], and please know I am profoundly grateful for the financial and moral support that I am receiving to secure a safe home.

Add a Comment

Update posted by Sandy Greer On Apr 05, 2016

The living conditions of my farmhouse, not heated properly since mid-February, caused illness that put me in bed for several days. I had to take action to avoid pneumonia. A new wood electric furnace now is installed, coloured green, very symbolic of this season of renewal.

When I have been able to get out of bed to stoke the new furnace, the flow of warm air through my farmhouse is tremendously improved from the previous ten years of using the old furnace. My chimney sweep also upgraded the cellar air duct system, another key reason for this healthier environment. His total costs are $6,260.20; but upcoming costs from my electrician are yet unknown.

The electrical part of my dual system furnace is essential for house insurance, because it is a back up when needed. My electrician, to save me considerable cost, is recycling the old electrical furnace unit, but will install four new electrical elements inside it, when I ask him to return to finish the electrical connections. But he recognizes that, first of all, I must raise funds to pay the chimney sweep.

Winter has returned to mid-western Ontario, with below zero temperature and a lot of snow. Icicles hang off the juniper bush branches outside my home office window. I feel blessed to have trustworthy, conscientious tradespeople who are making my farmhouse safe, and warm, again.

I also feel blessed by donors' kindness and generosity, not only from people who know me yet, as well, from total strangers, to whom I send my prayers of gratitude. To discuss how I might reciprocate, email [email protected] I have communicated with everyone whom I could reach via email.

Meanwhile, I must continue to reach out for further donation support, because my pension cannot pay the expenses now or in the future. I want to honour the trust of my conscientious tradespeople who always have provided good service, and be able to treat them well by paying them soon, as promised.

Add a Comment

photo

Anonymous

Backed with $200.00 On May 25, 2016

photo

Sandy, this is a great cause and we're happy to help. Therese & Edwin

Therese & Edwin Gailits-Stukel

Backed with $200.00 On May 23, 2016

photo

Anonymous

Backed with $25.00 On May 16, 2016

photo

Anonymous

Backed with $40.00 On May 16, 2016

photo

Good luck Sandy and keep up the great work!

Katie McKenna

Backed with $60.00 On May 08, 2016

photo

Sandy, Appreciate greatly your writing and education on environmental matters, and especially your intervention/education on the proposed deep underground nuclear dump site(s). The health of the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence and ALL waters - and the health of all life that depend on these waters - need protection on our planet. Very grateful for all you are doing. I wish full success to this campaign to get these financial worries behind you, so you can keep on doing this important work!

Kathryn Cumbow

Backed with $25.00 On May 01, 2016

photo

Anonymous

Backed with $200.00 On Apr 28, 2016

photo

Anonymous

Backed with $50.00 On Apr 27, 2016

photo

Anonymous

Backed with $100.00 On Apr 25, 2016

photo

Anonymous

Backed with $50.00 On Apr 13, 2016

SHOW MORE COMMENTS
Add a Comment

photo

Sandy Greer

Campaign Owner

flag Walkerton, ca

send a message

See snow outside my cellar door.

photo

Katie McKenna

Following Since May 08, 2016

photo

Kathryn Cumbow

Following Since Apr 13, 2016

photo

Tony & Fran Mcquail

Following Since Apr 02, 2016

photo

Rebekah Washington

Following Since Apr 01, 2016

photo

donalee Moulton

Following Since Apr 01, 2016

photo

Alice Robbins

Following Since Apr 01, 2016

photo

HEATHER WRIGHT

Following Since Apr 01, 2016

photo

Sandra Phinney

Following Since Mar 31, 2016

photo

sheila burr

Following Since Mar 23, 2016

photo

Sheelagh Matthews

Following Since Mar 19, 2016

SHOW MORE FOLLOWERS