My name is Charles Fisher. I am 32 years old and I live in North Carolina. Today is 29JAN2019. I have been unemployed for the past 9 months. I am an American Board of Opticianry Certified Optician. I am also a US Navy veteran having served from 2004 to 2006 before being medically discharged. I was working as a contractor for the Department of Veteran Affairs as an optician until April of 2018. At that time I had several unexpected family and personal issues arise that forced me to resign my position. Shortly afterward, my car started having trouble but I was too distracted to do much about it. I have been doing everything I can to earn money these past several months. I have mowed lawns, chopped and split wood, gathered pine straw, cleaned horse stalls, built chicken coops; anything someone was willing to pay me for, which is legal, I have done it.
As winter has progressed these types of jobs have dried up. I have a 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo with 241,500 miles that runs well enough but cannot pass emissions inspection due to several repairs that must be made. Among these repairs is included such things as replacing both oxygen sensors, the Mass Air Flow sensor, coolant level sensor, engine gas regulator valve, and a few other sensors. These repairs will help to get the car to pass inspection and therefore able to be registered again. To make the car truly roadworthy will require a bit more; tie rods, control arm bushings, rotors, brake calipers, brake pads, wheel bearings, ball joints, and motor mounts all need to be replaced. On top of these issues the old Monte Carlo desperately needs a good tune up. The cost of all of these repairs comes to around $500 if I do them all myself, which I am capable of doing, or more than $1400 if I take it to a mechanic.
I am only now reaching out for help because I am unable to find any more work close enough to home to not need the car. My parents are both in poor health and very much struggling financially themselves. I wish to get my car back on the road so that I may seek employment farther from home. Please help. I am seeking $1000. Please donate as much as you are willing to give and not a penny more. I thank you all in advance and pray that some day I will be in a position to help someone else in my current situation.