Hi, my name is Kim and I’m here to ask for help. I never ask for financial help because I was raised to not depend on others, but I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I am sick and tired of constantly struggling. Here’s a little back story on myself.
I have been a single mother nearly half of my life. In 1999, at 17 I had my son, Dustin. He was and still is the best thing that has EVER happened to me. For the last 15 years I have raised him entirely on my own. I have had to work for low pay, crappy hours and sometimes two jobs just to make ends meet. It wasn’t until I was nearly 28 and had been working in a dead end job for 5 years that I realized it was time to go back to school. For the first year of school, I had to continue working while going to school full time. It became increasingly more and more difficult to keep up so I had to leave my job. After all, I had decided to make my whole focus on school (outside of Dustin of course). I was able to work for my dad on a part time basis to keep up with bills though.
Skip ahead in just three years after much hard work and dedication, I graduated with honors, a 4.0 GPA and received a Bachelor of Science degree. I was so relieved to be done with school and so hopeful that I would find the job of my dreams working in Non-Profit helping others who have struggled. I thought that my years of financial struggle would soon be behind me. I looked forward to financial freedom and being able to provide the kind of life my son deserves. I looked forward to starting in my career! Unfortunately, that’s not how life always works out.
In early 2014 I moved to Colorado with all the hopes and aspirations of any new graduate. I moved her for the opportunities it could provide. Unfortunately, I soon realized that a degree doesn’t always help you. So, I ended up having to settle for a administrative job that I have no passion in and I am barely able to make it week to week between checks. I work overtime every week to have a little extra cash, but it still barely cuts it. I usually end up having to donate plasma just to have money to pay for groceries, or if worse comes to worse, I have to go to the food bank. In my spare time, I am also a volunteer victim advocate. I help people who have been criminally victimized by others. I recently had to help a mother who lost her 20 year old daughter to homicide. THAT is my passion. Being able to be there for people in need.
So why am I doing this fundraiser? Well like I said, I’m sick and tired of struggling! I have busted my butt for 15 years to just barely scrape by and I am done with that life. I want more! I want to live financially free and I’ve realized the only way I can do that at this time is to ask for help.
So I decided to set a goal for myself and that is to raise $1,000,000 by January 1, 2016. At first, my goal was $200K, then $500K, then after hearing about a man who simply asked for a million dollars for no reason, AND he got it, I said, “Aim for the stars Kim, go big or go home!”
The difference between that man and me is that I know how I will use that money. First and foremost, I will pay off my student loan debt that is $30K. Next, I want to buy my son and myself a nice home, one that when he is grown and has a family of his own, he has a place to come home to. I’m tired of putting my hard earned money into someone else’s pocket by paying rent. I know at my current wage and lack of being able to save, buying a home is something that is just not possible. I would also like to take my son on a real vacation. Not just a day trip, but somewhere nice so he can have at least some memories of his childhood that do not revolve around mom always being broke. The rest of the money will go directly into investments and a college fund for Dustin. Finally, I want to start my own Non-Profit charity helping other single mothers. My dream is to have a place that single mothers that are in my same situation can get the help they need to make the steps toward home ownership. I want to give back and pay it forward.
My hardest struggle though is knowing that I haven’t been able to provide everything I want for my son. Sure he has clothes, food and a roof over his head, but he doesn’t have those amazing memories of freedom. I don’t want him to have to worry ever again about money.
Believe me when I say simply asking for money from hardworking people such as yourself is a very difficult thing for me. Why would anyone just give me money? This is what I’ve been asking myself and the answer is because God knows in my heart that what I’m saying to you is the absolute truth. I’m not here to scam or trick you into giving me something for nothing. I’m asking for help getting myself out of debt and onto a path that can lead me and Dustin to do amazing things!
You can literally change the course of my life and my child’s life.
Thank you and God bless!