Why you need to become part of The Momma Project


I’m going to ask you to do two things. The first one is to read this whole post until the end. I’ve made it as succinct as I possibly can (c’mon guys, this is tough, I’m verbose!!).

Caryn Haluska is a friend of mine from Twitter where she’s known as @ihave7monsters. You can read about the Momma Project in the link above – basically, she’s got a ticket for BlogHer but she’s trying to raise some funds so she can actually get there.

I’m going to be upfront with you – I know you get asked for money every day. Kids with cancer, finding a cure for AIDS, disaster relief, environmental protection, underfunded schools, the list goes on. There’s no way you can support all the causes you want to and frankly, you probably don’t have any money to spare. I get that! I’m a single mother who is the sole financial support for two special needs kids and I can only work part-time – yeah, as Simply Red once said, money’s too tight to mention. So why on earth am I asking you to consider helping someone you don’t know get to a conference? How could I possibly have the gall to ask you to think about contributing even one hard-earned and sorely-stretched dollar?

I’m not going to explain why Caryn deserves this (although she does and then some). I’m not going to point out that the money she’s raising will be shared with two worthy charities (you can read about that on her blog). I’m going to outline in black and white why it makes economic sense for us to provide financial support for her.

Caryn is a mother of 7 children and her youngest has special needs. She lives in a very small and isolated rural community. She’s trying to do whatever she can to generate income to support her family and at BlogHer she’s hoping to discover ways that she can leverage her online presence into an income stream. She’s also committed to sharing with others whatever she learns at the conference.

What countries like Morocco are realizing, in line with world agencies like the UN and the World Bank and businesses like Deloitte, ExxonMobil and Coca Cola is that women are an underutilized resource worth investing in. Why? Because women invest 90% of everything they earn in their families and communities. When we enable women to achieve economic independence we help their children, their local schools and businesses. The ripple effect from helping women is enormous.*

Without further ado let’s get to the second request I have for you. I want you to invest $5 in Caryn Haluska Inc. (CHI). Your return on investment will be both immediate (Caryn will acquire both new skills and a bigger network) and long-term. CHI will pay you a dividend every time Caryn is better able to provide for her family and support her community. For just $5 you get a lifetime membership in CHI – she’ll make you laugh and give you hugs at no extra cost! It’s a bargain – and until midnight tonight, an anonymous donor is matching all gifts.

If you absolutely do not have $1 – find someone who does and get them to click on the link below. Right now we just need to find about 80 more people who each agree to invest $5.

Thanks for reading!


* 90% figure comes from here: http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/oped_womens_work_more_earn_less_plan_hurts


Tags: , ,

4 Comments on “Why you need to become part of The Momma Project”

  1. Gina @ Special Happens July 9, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    Love the way you presented this! She certainly does deserve it…and made it!!!! WHOOT!

    • OMum22 July 10, 2011 at 1:30 am #

      Thanks Gina! I’m so excited she’s raised sufficient funds to go 🙂

  2. Jenny July 12, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    Are you an economics professor at night school? So smart. 😉

    • OMum22 July 13, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

      Hehe. Thanks Jenny but not a prof, “just” a mum 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: