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Published On: Thu, Nov 21st, 2013

Michael Grabham discusses Survive the Streets, helping people through crowdfunding

Nearly every street corner has someone asking for money, loose change or just help. Most Americans say they feel hesitant to give cash because the money may be used for other purposes – possibly even to buy drugs or alcohol.

The end result is that people don’t give and aren’t as charitable as they would like.

Now, a new organization in Seattle is change all of that.

Dispatch Radio Logo squareSurvivetheStreets.org was founded by Patti Dunn and Michael Grabham to combine crowdfunding on the Internet and people’s needs.

While discussing the homeless problem in the area, Grabham revealed to Dispatch Radio the origins of the organization.

“About year ago we started looking at this in a different angle: How can we help individuals everyday, all day, any day of the week?”

What they came up with is a crowdfunding mechanism to post specific needs on their website which folks can donate or fund. For example: tuition for school, a refurbished laptop for a student to take classes online or a single mom who needs her car repaired.

“So the YMCA can provide certain services and many actually great things for them but there’s certain things, sometimes many things, they just can’t do,” Grabham explained.

That single mom has the brakes go out on her car, she can’t work and can’t get the money to fix her car, “But with Survive the Streets what we’ve done is allowed the individual to post the need…an individual’s specific need for that person” and “we basically crowdfund it.”

Check out the full interview below

Check out the website to see examples for yourself: survivethestreets.org 

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