The Acorn Arson Appeal

This Acorn’s first crowd source fund raising exercise.  We started not long after the fire, but it has been hard to prioritize working on it with everything else going on.  i enjoyed working with Belladonna Took, Irena and Ira on pulling this together.  It is the first appeal i have worked on with premiums (presents you get or donating money to your cause).  And while i did almost nothing with these premiums, it is perhaps the most interesting part of the application (especially if you read this blog already and know about the fire).

you could find yourself owning so strange and exotic art.

you could find yourself owning some strange and exotic art.

Our current guests Tamer and Armand shot and edited the video which is included in the crowd source appeal.  So here it is:

Acorn’s Post Arson Appeal

So here is what would be good.  Think for a few moments about someone who really likes the idea of community, but is perhaps not very well connected to them.  Especially if this person is financially successful, you should send them this link and encourage them to check it out.

the fire haunts several members

the fire haunts several members

We did extended check in’s this evening at the community meeting.  It was clear that while the fire is long out (6 weeks now) the disturbing psychological effects are still strong.  Several members reported regular furnace and fire checks on buildings.  Some are still unable to return to their rooms and sleep comfortably.  One members trust in strangers was shattered.

 a multithreaded response

a multi-threaded response

At the same time i am surprised by the communities resilience.    We have painted over a dozen rooms and are on the last two.  We have pulled up the burned or damaged floor boards and blown insulation for the new walls and floors.  Fixed the plumbing and re-sealed the building for heat.  Did i mention that we were simultaneously building a major straw bale demonstration wall on the new seed building.  We have multiple crews everyday, which are increasingly volunteers.

So plz re-post the appeal on your facebook wall, or blog about us.  Help use yourself if you can.  This is what you can do for the sustainability movement, right now.

Only $35 donation gets you  a signed copy of Ira's new book - a steal.

Only $35 donation gets you a signed copy of Ira’s new book – a steal.