This post is a shout out to the Gofundme platform and its community of generous supporters. Additionally, my aim through this post is to cause the Solidsmack community to fan into flame a spirit of philanthropy this holiday season. From its inception in 2010, Gofundme has played a vital role in bringing joy and restoring hope into many peoples lives. I invite you to join in on this movement of generosity!

Regarding Gofundme campaigns, I speak from experience. In 2014 my family was the beneficiaries of a successful Gofundme campaign. As a result, we were able to emotionally and financially weather the storm of my wife’s double cancer diagnosis. We were amazed and overwhelmed at seeing how a community of caring people could come together for the good of each other. To our delight, my wife is in her fifth year of remission!

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While there are many worthy Gofundme campaigns running, I’ve directed my support toward one, in particular, the plight of the Pechawer family. Like me, Allison Pechawer is a skillcoach endeavoring to equip students with skills for life. Her focus is educational therapy and she excels at NILD teaching techniques. When I learned of her families campaign to restore their home which has been decimated by mold spores a.k.a black-mold, I was moved to action. The designer in me wanted to learn all about black mold and ways to remediate a home of it. In short, I learned its an extensive, expensive, and a daunting task! While mold spores may look neat at a microscopic level like in the banner for this post or the image below, to the naked eye black mold looks nasty!

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More than looks, black mold is toxic and extremely hazardous to one’s health. Owing to high levels of toxicity found throughout their home, the Pechawer’s, a family of four were forced to vacate the premises. But what is worse, they have little hope of being able to return, baring a successful Gofundme campaign. Unfortunately, in the midst of this holiday season, they find themselves in dire need of financial and physical support from a community of caring friends. I trust their Gofundme campaign will prove as successful as my families 2014 campaign. I’m encouraged to see their campaign taking hold!

The support of the Solidsmack community will go a long way in helping the Pechawer campaign or another of your choosing reach their much-needed goal. While financial support is the most direct, as creative and technical people I encourage you to think outside the box as to how you might lend a helping hand. For the Pechawer’s, their home renovation project will be extensive and they could also benefit from a heavy dose of skilled labor and other forms of goods and services.

So go ahead and jump over to Gofundme and get involved! We’d love to have a sense of our communities donor participation. With this in mind, perhaps instead of designating your contribution as anonymous, try tagging it as “Solidsmack Donor”.

Happy holidays to each of you and as always, keep learning!
SkillCoach

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Vince is Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Virginia Tech University. Vince has worked as Studio Engineer for consumer and medical product brands such as Whirlpool, Newell and ResMed Ltd. Australia. He's garnered 39+ patents and has designed everything from totes to toasters, and fiddles to furniture. He enjoys all things 3D and has carved out a niche as a Class-A Surfacing Guru. Active in both industry and academia, Vince serves as a Creative and Technical Skill Development Coach providing hands-on training and workshops pertaining to CAID/CAD. Vince relishes opportunities to keep learning and sharing what he's learned!