Guest post by Shaun King, founder of HopeMob.
By now you have heard the news of the devastation caused by the tornado in Moore, OK. The stats are history in the making: a rating of EF5, winds 166 to 200 mph, an estimation of size to be at least two miles wide at one point as it moved through Moore. And while these stats are mind shattering, it’s the stories that are most heart breaking. 38,000 people without power. Vine videos from @GeminiTiger86 right in the midst of devastation. Highways completely shut down. An elementary school full of children demolished.
In the days and hours following natural disasters like this one, social and online platforms are critical tools not only for information sharing, but also for fundraising. Crowdfunding sites make it easier for people to donate to victims of tragedies, to help restore buildings and pay hospital bills, funeral costs, and more.
As soon as I heard of the tragedy in Oklahoma, I knew that I could mobilize a community on my crowdfunding website, HopeMob. We’re a mob of kind-hearted strangers who are banding together to raise money and awareness on HopeMob. HopeMob is the first site of its kind and it’s exactly what it sounds like – a mob of people bringing hope. The revolutionary part? It’s the first site in history to offer fee-free fundraising. While most sites charge between two and 15 percent service fees, HopeMob is not charging anything to users and, additionally, we are covering the transaction fees by going out and fundraising on our own from corporations and foundations.
Our initial plan to help was simple. We partnered with Convoy of Hope and aimed raise $15,000 in 7 days. Why 7 days? In these first 7 days the town of Moore, OK will be consumed with clearing out destruction and accessing their needs. Once those needs are known, Convoy of Hope will be able to give them the funds to help them rebuild.
Convoy of Hope has served more than 55 million people throughout the world through international children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing. Year after year, they are lauded for their effectiveness and efficiency in mobilizing tens of thousands of volunteers for community outreaches and during times of disaster response.
Leadership communicator Andy Stanley once said, “Do for one what you wish you could for everyone.” We know we can’t help everyone. But we can help SOMEONE. Fortunately, we’ve surpassed our goal, but naturally, we want to continue to raise as much money as we can over these next 7 days to help victims of this devastating tragedy. Join us in our effort to raise this money in the next 7 days. We believe in giving, we believe in you, and we believe in Oklahoma. Please visit the fundraising page for Moore tornado victims and donate $5, $10 or whatever you have. Share the link with your friends and family and join the mob of hope.