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Benjamin Mahnke


Needs supported

I have worked hard to raise 5 children. I need a taco cart for my own self-supporting business.

Member: Teresa (San Jose, CA)
Validator: Janet, Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence

Because of my health I cannot work regular hours. My own taco cart would allow me flexibility and to serve my food. More

$780of $780

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11 supporters
Funded on 3/5/2014

We are refugees and need furniture to make our new apartment feel like a home for our children

Member: Monica (Concord, CA)
Validator: Andrea, Michael Chavez Center & Monument Community Partnership

We had to flee Honduras leaving loved ones behind to save our family. Beds for our children and a dining room table will help us make this our home. More

$671of $670

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19 supporters
Funded on 3/1/2014

I am a new immigrant from Afghanistan, and I need a laptop for school & to keep in touch with family

Member: Mahammad (Oakland, CA)
Validator: Doug, International Rescue Committee (Northern California Region)

I am in school and just started working. A laptop will allow me to study at home, and let my family Skype with family in Afghanistan. More

$450of $450

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18 supporters
Funded on 3/1/2014

I am a refugee taking care of my brothers & sisters. We need a laptop & phone for studies & work

Member: Parastu (Oakland, CA)
Validator: Samantha, International Rescue Committee (Northern California Region)

We have just arrived from Afghanistan and need a phone to find work and a computer to continue our studies and communicate with family. More

$520of $520

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13 supporters
Funded on 2/28/2014

I am a motivated single mother seeking to take the CNA state exam to improve life for my family.

Member: Shavon (Charlotte, NC)
Validator: Leah, Grace-Mar Services Inc.

I'm a single mother with a job waiting for me but need help in paying for the state exam, uniforms and gas until my first check. More

$295of $225

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7 supporters
Funded on 8/12/2013

I'm off to UC Berkeley on a full scholarship but I need supplies & a train ticket to get there

Member: Louis (San Diego, CA)
Validator: Tammy, Survivors of Torture, International

I'm an asylee. I studied hard in community college & got into the school of my dreams! Now I need to get there and buy my dorm and school supplies. More

$505of $505

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19 supporters
Funded on 7/17/2013

Getting required surgery in another state; need my daughters to travel with me to care for me

Member: Clifford (Rapid City, SD)
Validator: Ron, Life Initiatives

I need transportation and lodging for my family to accompany me to Omaha for surgery. The closest hospital for my surgery is a 1200 mile round trip. More

$570of $525

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13 supporters
Funded on 1/17/2013

Warm winter boots and supplies for my children and steel-toed work boots for me

Member: Shawnta (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Emily, Jane Addams Resource Corporation

I need just a little help to make it through the next 2 months of job training before I'll have a better paying career as a machinist. More

$465of $465

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10 supporters
Funded on 12/24/2012

Seeking asylum in the US; need laptop to further my university education

Member: Eva (San Diego, CA)
Validator: Patricia, Survivors of Torture, International

I had to flee to the US due to persecution. I hope to continue my schooling this upcoming year. Having a laptop will help make my studies much easier. More

$695of $680

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11 supporters
Funded on 12/3/2012

Getting a job. Need security deposit to move into my own home and bring my daughters home

Member: Stefanie (Los Angeles, CA)
Validator: Sally, PATH

A security deposit will help me take the first step in getting a new apartment and starting a new life with my daughters, who will be able to join me. More

$880of $775

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21 supporters
Funded on 12/24/2012

Taking care of my sisters while mom is in jail; need help w/ clothes and school supplies

Member: Melissa (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Alexis, Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers

I am taking care of my two little sisters who are growing fast. I need clothes and shoes for both girls and school supplies for the 7th grader. More

$365of $360

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13 supporters
Funded on 9/12/2012

Deposit for college housing at Southern Illinois University

Member: Jean (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Arlether, Sinai Community Institute

I need $500 for deposit for family housing/apartment at Southern Illinois University for the fall of 2012. More

$555of $555

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12 supporters
Funded on 8/7/2012

Security deposit for college housing

Member: Amayah (Evanston, IL)
Validator: Chantay, Childcare Network of Evanston

I am in need of my security deposit for university housing for me and my daughter so I can attend college. More

$830of $830

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25 supporters
Funded on 7/17/2012

Supplies for my daughter to go to school

Member: Chrissy (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Bridget, New Global Destiny Int'l Ministries

My daughter will be starting school next year and I need to get her her uniforms, her shots, and pay the school fees. More

$335of $335

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8 supporters
Funded on 6/14/2012

Contact lenses so I can become a nurse

Member: Jean (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Tasha, Claretian

I do have glasses but because I have astigmatism everything's blurry. If I had contacts I would be able to see for school and work and for driving. More

$425of $425

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7 supporters
Funded on 6/14/2012

Car for work and my family

Member: Christen (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Pastor Bryant, Allen Metro CME Church

The car has been offered to me from a fellow member at my church at a deeply discounted price. More

$555of $555

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7 supporters
Funded on 6/14/2012

Security deposit so I can move my family to safety

Member: Emily (Evanston, IL)
Validator: Jennifer, Childcare Network of Evanston

I need money for a security deposit to move my family as quickly as possible so we can be safe from our abuser. More

$910of $900

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17 supporters
Funded on 4/27/2012

Eye exam and glasses so I can read

Member: Lauren (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Tasha, Claretian

My glasses got stolen three years ago. My vision is bad close and far, and I would like an eye exam and glasses so I can read to my kids and drive. More

$335of $335

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8 supporters
Funded on 2/21/2012

Certifications to work as a registered nurse

Member: Christina (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Annie, Erie Elementary Charter School

I need two nursing certifications that will help me find a job at a hospital that hires new RN graduates. More

$250of $250

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6 supporters
Funded on 2/7/2012

Truck repairs so I can work in 48 community gardens

Member: Lee (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Jackie, Claretian

I need to repair my truck. With my health issues and my truck not working, I can’t get to my garden sites and my income is based on that. More

$745of $720

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18 supporters
Funded on 2/13/2012

Uniform to use my 28 years of experience as a waiter to get a job

Member: Al (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Eva, Inspiration Corporation

I have been looking for work and have been in touch with a staffing place that does banquets. I can be employed there but I would need my own uniform. More

$460of $460

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14 supporters
Funded on 1/26/2012

School clothes and supplies for my children

Member: Monique (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Tasha, Claretian

I need basic school supplies and uniforms. My son has already grown out of his uniform. I want my children to get the best education they can get. More

$225of $225

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5 supporters
Funded on 2/2/2012

Set of knives to work as a chef

Member: Mike (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Graciela, Claretian

I am the single father of four children. I completed chef school but need my own set of culinary knives to find work. More

$225of $225

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5 supporters
Funded on 1/7/2012

Winter clothing for my commute to school

Member: Bridgett (Chicago, IL)
Validator: Katja, Claretian

I am a single mother and cancer survivor finishing my BA degree. I make just enough to cover most of the bills. I would like a winter coat and boots. More

$390of $390

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9 supporters
Funded on 1/14/2012



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