What do you think of people who use GoFundme instead of getting a job?
That's a terrible slam on people who have those pages. Many are terminally ill and many pages are set up by their friends and family without them even knowing. If you are undergoing radiation or chemotherapy, getting another job might not be an option. Or if you've been paralyzed in an auto accident, maybe people just want to help you. There's nothing wrong with asking for help. They are not being "lazy." I've seen these campaigns really bring people together.
We're all just one bad accident or diagnosis away from being broke.
I'm thinking back on all the Go Fund Me campaigns I've supported, and not one of them was asking for funds in lieu of working.
I've supported people who have been hit with a devastating illness, to help with ongoing medical bills.
I've supported the family of a friend when they learned their new baby was going to have a birth defect that could be helped by in utero surgery.
I've supported a friend of a friend, whose child is transgender, to help send the kid to a more liberal school that was a better fit for him.
I've supported a Syrian refugee whose request to immigrate was stalled.
I've supported a school in a poor neighborhood.
None of these campaigns were started by people who were unemployed. They were just hit with bills that were out of their reach, and asked for help. I've been in that situation, and I got help through private donations from my readers---and, in my case, I wasn't unemployed, but I was also unable to pay a tidal wave of medical bills that came with having cancer. Those donations helped me stay afloat until I could get better.
But, even if there are people using Go Fund Me to avoid working: if they can raise the money, more power to them. It means they have a compelling story, or a supportive tribe. How people choose to give their money is none of my business, so if someone wants to support a friend, or a person with a good story to tell, why shouldn't they?
GoFundMe should be utilized for important things, like paying medical bills or fundraising, or helping others out. It is pretty stupid and selfish to not work and have the nerve to ask others for money. When Kanye West did that, I lost the little respect for him that I had.
I know people who use GoFundMe when they are in a financial bind. As for me, I have not seen any campaign that is set up just so they do not have to work.-with the exception of ones who are unable to due to illness or disability. But some of these campaigns may be disguised to resemble something else. For example, a person who does not want to work claims that he is disabled.
by Peeples 2 years ago
Are Go Fund Me campaigns ever successful for normal people without hundreds of friends?Or is it really just for churches, people wanting to make potato salad, and viral people?
by lilianacortez 6 years ago
Why is it that new generation people have a harder time getting a job, then the older generation?
by Brian 2 years ago
I recently joined the gofundme website, in hopes to get donations to save my house. But, I have been on there for almost 3 months, and have not received a dime. I also looked at some of the other things people are asking for. Like one family got over $5,000 to find their dog, and another girl got...
by sandra rinck 8 years ago
Just curious because I used to get a job just by walking in but these days I don't even get a return call.
by Annabelle74 8 years ago
I started my blog for the sake of my sanity, as I blogged about bad customer service and impolite social behavior that was literally driving me mad !!!I feel rather good now that I've let it all out, but worry that if a prospective employer Googles me and finds the blog, it might stand against me.I...
by Christin Sander 2 years ago
Have you used a site like GoFundMe successfully?My husband desperately wants out of his dead end job, but found out yesterday financial aid doesn't cover the EMT certification he wants to pursue. We are looking for ways to raise the money for his tuition and he signed up with GoFundMe. ...
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