It’s Monday, y’all, and if you’re angry that thousands of our Portland neighbors won’t be getting stimulus checks this month, here’s something you can do about it.
The campaign is called #ShareMyCheck, and the goal is to build a social norm around donating whatever you can from your stimulus check, whether that’s $1 or $1,200.
Obviously the first step is picking the orgs you want to support, but as we learned from Bridgeliner member Love Jonson, it’s also helpful to share your pledge on social media to encourage others to join in.
So in the spirit of sharing, here’s our personal list of pledges so far:
- Donate to the Oregon Workers Relief Fund, which is putting money in the hands of immigrants who aren’t eligible for unemployment benefits.
- Donate to the Jade District COVID Relief Fund, which is supporting Asian-American businesses and workers who’ve taken an especially hard hit.
- Make a care box for Every Child Oregon to deliver to a local foster family.
- Support the Oregon Food Bank’s #EmergeStronger campaign, which is trying to raise $1 million to prevent food shortages at local pantries.
We also remember just enough from Econ 101 to know that spending money in the local economy can create a ripple effect that magnifies the impact of every dollar.
So when you get that stimulus check, save what you must but spend what you can — and spend it locally to help our community get through this crisis. 💪
— Ben and Devin at Bridgeliner