Hi. My name is Jay and I’ll be upfront with you: I need money to help me with getting repairs for my car.
Last year, I started an non-profit organization and I drive throughout the city to help provide services like educational and occupational training to adults who otherwise wouldn’t have those chances because unfortunately, they closed the adult education center here. My car is literally my life line to the city, and having been down without it for the past couple of months has been creating a strain not just on me, but also on my family, and the people in the community at large. It’s hard to be a service provider when you have to keep trying to arrange a pickup or a drop off via a family member, friends, or paying for an Uber or a Lyft ride.
I had a friend of mine call the guy that she takes her car to, he gave my car a once over and said that it needs major engine work, and also a new exhaust system because the one on there now is old and starting to rust out. All in all, he said that the repairs would estimate to around $5,000 at a shop or more, because it’s all parts that would include actually repairing the engine intake and exhaust systems, and my knowledge of cars runs out at performing the basic tune-up, so I wouldn’t even begin to know how to break down an engine! I can’t even afford to have the car towed to a shop since I work off of donations from whatever folks can afford to pay, which normally isn’t a whole lot.
BUT…I need my car desperately, because without my car, I can’t do my job. If I can’t do my job, I fail myself and those folks who believe not just in me, but believe in the idea that people like us can change lives through compassion, and caring. I just need my car back, and I really need someone to help me get it repaired. I’d ask my mom, but she’s 73 and her SSI isn’t much. I can’t ask my siblings because all of them are going through their own situations-same as my friends. I don’t have the strongest credit, and I’m trying to rebuild it- so having a car that is out of commission has thrown a pretty big monkey wrench in the works. With my car running, we had two running cars at the house. Now we just have the one and I desperately am trying to get my car back working so that my mom isn’t doing a lot of driving- especially at night.
I believe in the work that I do, and I also believe in paying it forward, so if you can find it in your heart to help me get my car the repairs it needs, then not only will I be able to help provide services again, but I also won’t have to worry my mom about where I am or if I’ll make it home at night, or bug my family & friends about trying to get a ride.
If you’d like to help, please feel free to donate at: paypal.me/nurturememphis