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Dollar For Portland 102917

Oct 26, 2017|

AN INTERVIEW WITH JARED WALKER, CEO AND FOUNDER OF DOLLAR FOR PORTLAND, A LOCAL NON-PROFIT HELPING LOCAL FAMILIES PAY MEDICAL EXPENSES.

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This is microscope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program and your blocks and can you spare one dollar per month to have a huge impact on somebody's life well let me introduce you to dollar from Portland. Climate Cisco today I would like to welcome Jerry walker Jared is the CEO and founder of dollar for Portland. There Gerri this. When I was doing a little bit research to be prepared for this interview dollar for Portland it sounds completely unique tell me about dollar for Portland what does this. Yes it is unique and here we're we're. Small nonprofit. And to what we do is we help local families pay overwhelming medical expenses. How we do that. Is we we literally. And build a community of thousands of people that just gives one dollar a month every single month. You get a video tells us very weird I was going and then at the end of the month to unify all of you that says impact our communities so. We're really just trying to build this amazing giving community important and where and sign up you give a recurring monthly dollar. And it it helps pay outs medical expenses for a local fan. A bit more of the first questions you get is really one dollar hit a really yeah it is funny Aaron yes people people are kind. You know hesitant my whole what does that gonna do. And I was communal sort of go let's say it sees you can dig into a lot I am berets and thousands and thousands of dollars her. For Canada in our our hash tag is dollars add up so it really is like. This actually makes a difference. And especially when you know you you bring the masses. It's also where did you get this idea for this come from the dollar for Portland that. In 2012. Mya. Morris Harris in your home and she got a phone Carl and Adam we found under her and just passed away from cancer so. Does that just like a long drawn out staying in. Really really tough for the Stanley. NMR Clemens later I get a phone call. And Mara mom called to tell me that my cousin Edwin in the labor seven weeks premature and the baby needed a heart surgery to live so. You know 22. Phone calls are up about goes and tells our yes bad bad way to say today guests and it was like. You know were sitting there and realizing we're not the only people in the world that got a phone call right this time we just wanted to. Figure out how we can help people get put in these situations time. So. And we knew finances where where big part of it and down. From the area who is like oh where can we volunteer what what can we do. I sort trying to you know go lean you know I'll think how to how to help out families with with medical expenses and pay pay the bills and all that and it just wasn't. There wasn't anything out there are confined to single organization that their mission was to help pay medical expense footer for families. And so that point as it was this even a big deal like whoa whoa is medical expenses. A big need right now. And that it is it it's a huge need it's you know number one cause of bankruptcy in America Aaron. You know lots of people are still going to have to pay medical expenses and am. Different there was a segue you know right. Let let's just go for it in like we don't have. 101000 dollars to give to a Stanley but maybe we can get 101000 people today particular putt so we just can't have well it. In your research and finding out why there was no new nonprofit organizations that we're helping people with their medical expenses know what was your discover. Honestly. That's a great question I I couldn't answer the why. My best guess. Is that so so. Medical expenses and no one has a bankruptcy in America take 65%. Of all bankruptcies in America are because of medical expenses and about 75% of these people. How medical insurance. And the one they're really it. Dot mile as it's like 85% of the people that'd claim bankruptcy. It's on its. 101000 dollars. Now just kind of blew my mind because I'm thinking you know all of their decline vaccine because medical services they must have been you know it's a million dollars or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Tom. But it's just not the case and and we see it every single month you know. Single mom. Has a kid did is diagnosed with leukemia. And she's taken you know hurt her little kid to the hospital for five times a week she's not able to work and 23000 bucks is the difference so it's it's a really. Interest in thing. To see so like oh why are people doing this I mean. It's I guess it's a little political. It you know health care is a huge deal right now on. I mean I was there I don't really know who and why I think that there are a lot of organizations that help. With the resources there are you know the children's cancer association candlelight essentially with cancer hospitals aren't everyone is helping out but just as far as. Directly pain medical bills I'm kind of hunting because the perception perhaps is. Insurance is taking care of the you have insurance so yeah your medical bills that should be taking care of by your insurance it is a diet. Absolutely. I mean it's really. It's kind of funny. To see like how how many people are just sight alone like this shouldn't be it. The edition V deal because. Medical insurance will take care rep but anybody that has. In Houston eight in his situation knows like well not everything is covered right Aaron. Nick can still you know. Can still be really expensive even with insurance especially something catastrophic comes along lake of serious. Illness or diagnosis or course for just about anything you know consensual over the heads yes and in really it's not. Sometimes it's not even. Just there at the medical expenses it's like the scenario I just gave is I'm. When you're going throughout this you're not able to work like if you're if you're having that. A major surgery or area Aaron. You're going through chemo or any of these candidates you know. Big medical needs and you're going to work annexed it so people you know to taken more time off work in. If yes is this is sexy people get Clinton he's really tough situations we always say it like. One and one of our big our big things we say is you know it when you're going through. And medical crisis you shouldn't have to go through financial crisis and that is just how it works and it's devastating to see it but. You know. People here when you're fearing for like you're signing your daughter's life for your own life he shouldn't have to. Stressed out about how you're gonna pay you know yeah until so it's the F. So how are coming home dollar for Portland works. How if I were you involved. Arizona if you want Megan Robert dollar Portland. You go to dollar Ford dot org. There's you know Johnny Benz brand turning your fishing stand. But the toll on the yeah it's. You sign up you put in a dollar I'm it is an automatic career occurring. Donations so you put in you know had about two bucks three bucks whatever you wanna give no we ask is a dollar. And that every single month that dollar will be taken out. And that a 100% of it will go to a family so on the first of the month he'll get in an email the show. It'll show you exactly where the dollars going so hey you know meet meet the Jones Stanley this is what the Jones Sam is going through a and this these are the needs it they have. And that's where your dollars going. So every single month you get to see exactly where that dollar's going who is helping and then at the end of the Monte the CIA what was the impact we made how much money were we able to raise what we're. What were we able to do for this am. How many people do you have billion dollar per month now. Right now we have a little over 2000 people that are giving. Plan but we're giving away at a significantly more than 2000 dollars out of him because a lot of times people. Well say you know I can get three bucks I can give five bucks or or whatever so you know where are on average were given away. Anywhere from like 68000 dollars a month to to the Stanley Eisen and sometimes. I like this month or having him record breaking month Aaron. We've partnered up with Centennial high school and add the community there is is really large and they won it you know their help and I'm a student it was and it's severe car accident so it sacked. You know we're already in that 20000 dollar range which is pretty well pretty impressive. So how much of this group when somebody doing the dollar how much of that is going. Going to leave the family great question. You won't believe it but it's a 100%. Leo how are pennies every single dollar to the Stanley is. So really the next question will be how how how do you feel that's is an expert now on if he did it. So yeah well when I went and ideas I just did not. I I felt like people should feel good about where their dollars going. And the number one question is that how much how much of my money's going to the cars and it I wanted it to be just super transparent. Aaron. And say a 100% so if I mean it took me two years and those calling every single merchant processing company. And I can get a number four. Aaron. In trying to see you know will you donate merchant services because you know if you swipe a card and it's a dollar. There's going to be some sort of feed you right there and so right off the bat you know it's it's pretty much impossible is what they would they would say and I would have people laugh and elect isn't it working I was gonna do this. And crazy. Circumstances. What we got connected with a company that. Is incredible rivers and payments is is allowing us to do this and and giving a 100% so. How we how we keep the Marleau. Is we have private donors. And it. Companies and grants and we. Do you like. Totally separate funding to to get the overhead costs covered so every month we have to make a video we have to. You know or whipped me to videos and the website and all that stuff. We go and seek out individual donors are companies and asked if they will be a part of what we're doing in so that we can continue to offer a 100% so. I'm that is how we do it. It doesn't sound like it's that hard that's pretty logical great but it other and other nonprofits don't operate like that. Heck. Yemen Libya it because it's our job is really Aaron I mean I am. I would say. Once a week somebody tells me you know have you ever reconsider your 100% model. Because it's hard it's hard to get out of percent yet to sign. People that will give. To support the 100% model so when you go to accompanying you saying. Hey you know we need a thousand bucks. They want a thousand bucks go to Stanley because everybody's in everybody wants emanating that a family CF to find specific people that are really really catch the vision of what we're doing. Saying hey. In your many had thought of the Stanley. But it is making this whole thing work. You know your money's going to pave the video ardor for her and to pay those the web designer and and I'll that. So yeah I mean I. A lot of nonprofits who operate. Width. You know summer golf tournament in the south you know summer in summer afternoon in winter charity auction that's just how every nonprofit kind of does it. And we just. I can't shake it up wanted to be a little different you're doing cool stuff let's user thank you for third with your walker CEO and founder of dollar for Portland. Though. There are a lot of families out there there indeed how do you choose the Stanley is eternal and help. Yeah yes that's actually the number one question Adam you know Heidi how do you think these families so. Well whoever started out I was you know that question was the big one you know and it's it's. It's if you ask you know why did these families and I just a way I just pick up from tech. It doesn't. Rebecca rose shady so where Jesus was we wanted to Aaron. Bring in the credibility of other organizations and that's what we do is we partner with local organizations in Portland. They nominate. Families too so we partnered with candle lighters for children's cancer Centennial high school it's kit northwest kidney kids. And a whole bunch other organizations in every month you know was sent out an email and say hey you know we're looking for family and will you know getting those facts at all right we gotta we got a great family. And at the beginning you would think. Thank you said you know there are thousands and thousands of people in need help but that was actually one of the biggest challenges at the beginning I was just trying to find families. Because nobody believed that we were doing what we were actually he's doing and feeling people and then you know it there is there's some. Some hard stuff around that is because. People. So why are going to want him you know how how does an organization only say well you know we're gonna nominate the Stanley over this sham land. Our goal is that we continue to grow and not just helping one or two families month we're helping. Dozens of amazement and hundreds of families month and in multiple cities. So. I get there. Organization being hesitant to just have to be a part of what we're doing but you know if we can help one might. Let's do it and a hmmm how hard was it in the beginning and probably still to convince people. That this is Google really legit like a dollar trillion dollars gonna help out and how do you give away 100%. And this is too good to be true. How do you. Put that to rest. I'm. Yet that that's steps at 'cause it is something net. You know we're still fighting it is and you can't these organizations and hey you know we think you wanna give you money you know essentially loaning that will give these people money. And I think they're really well I mean what what kind of let's address is just the videos I mean if you go on our website and you watch a video. Year you're looking at the Stanley it I am you hear their story and then at the end of the Monty get to see. Like well this is what we did this is what actually happened we also do something and really cool at the end of the month. We did is like impact parties where we show. The Stanley actually shows up in people from the community can come in and you know we did it Bridgeport brewing in one month and he would just came in. And it should you know shook hands with the people live their money went to an end got to meet the family and I think that's really. Really powerful is trying to create some sort of personal connection with the donor and the cause and as you can do that Aaron. People don't requests can see how but it is it is very. Very hard at the beginning is just trying to convince people that you know yeah we give a 100%. It's just a dollars and actually won't make you different pieces you know I'm youth but you know this I mean if you can show on. It kind of puts it on and these can you tell me about some of the families that you don't know what kind of impacts have you seen it have on their lives. So the impact that we've been able to have won a Stanley is is. I mean is huge rule we've had. Stanley is that. You know did the scenario I said earlier single mom kid with cancer I am not able to work and you know there Darren a small apartment. And they got to pay rents and they have to pay for food and it you know. I'm so it's it it's an emergency without without question Aaron. And it just being able to you. Pay the bills farm you know it is. Is life changing for Sony's feminist as it's it's really like. You get in this situation. And it. In a thousand dollars isn't a ton of money but. It is if you don't have it free you know hope tonight it might as well be a million dollars so. He's been able to you to see. Stanley is. Be able to get through that hard time because it's not just a medical expenses I mean they're they're going through. A really really hard time emotionally and and you know was with somebody today today Kerry about routes so we've had you know anything frown. Obviously you would pay pay in medical expenses one of the coolest things that we do. Is there were able to actually negotiate some of the medical costs. So let's say we raised you know. 6000 dollars for a family. And they have ability 8000 dollars we can usually. Reach out and Helm our story and what we've been able to do. I'd say you know we got thousands of people just give a little bit of money we raise 6000 we ran off the rest and we've actually had success doing well. Which is really funny because it's it's it's just me bothering people asking them what they they'll if they'll help us out but sat. It works bounds of being able to stretch their dollars is really really cool to see is well. And when you started this and the Jewish have a nonprofit background of any kind or did you think this is what you've been doing with your life for who how is this changed you personally. A man not even close. I was. I was and I went to school for her business administration and I am and I thought I would just be doing you know managing some. Some company that's what I was doing I was I was does managing. A company and ended in everything is great in just stat I never. Ever thought that I would I mean I had no idea. How do you mean getting into it nonprofit I mean in a lot of people. When you hear nonprofit it's like wall EE Jimmy any money doing this because it's nonprofit you know as so it is site. I just had no idea what I was getting into. Yeah I mean I wouldn't have ever thought that I begins like this it just kind of happened you're a young guys are so how is this. New model of those charity work impacted other young people like you like yourself. I'm I think fit. Well you know that was kind of one of the big things we wanted to set out to kind of shake up the charity model there's like I said. Aaron golf tournaments charity auctions. It. That's that's kind of how they work they meet and speak to some people under thirty yet exactly as I'm you know I'm not insisted and in going to a golf tournament. Metal plate and yet and I you know playoff I'm not sad. And I am going to pay 200 bucks to get in our our you know it's it's it seems like there's a pretty high barrier to entry for her for stuff like that. Aaron. So I decide you know what what would be something that I would wanna get involved with and I'd won a seed you know. I wanna see the impact on one. I wanna watch the Stanley is that then I'm helping then potentially meet the Stanley is in and helping so it really was like. Well anybody can give up bock and it's more of a it's more of a social. Thing Mikey you're giving every month and every month to get to see where that does go on its ear more like you're active in your giving it's not just. I had set it and forget it can I think we we want people. To watch the videos and in meet the Stanley is and see like where where they're where they're giving so Aaron. That was kind of liked of the big hope is that we could inspire. People who would. You know not think of bitterness stage in life where they could give Marino out. It's kind of one of those things he think I goalie inaudible when I get all my other things in her off all start to like give back. Aaron. And we really just wanted to see you know could we get people that I'm. There aren't normally donate intent to cause this to donate to this one. Eddie's been declining Wu if you come to our events. Instead of a young people which is pretty weak and pretty cool. Yes that's that's great too to get people activated earlier in life because like you say you know think oh you know I'll start doing that when I'm. Establishing my career. And I have some extra money he'll start giving at that point but now you're getting people to start doing it from the very beginning. Yeah and I think. I think it is huge not just for the families are helping and let you know I was saying like one dollar four or two. You know obviously. As huge impact on the families we help but I want to really. Inspired the people that are giving I want them to do. To be able to see Ike. Wow I think they will we use when you really see the impact he made und. Any even though you're just giving that dollar is like what everybody's just give me a dollar but look at what we were able to accomplish sites collectively which are dissing his super powerful message. So just trying to. Trying to get people in and say hey I checked this out Aaron Lee duo were able to do. You know it's not just an official there. For the the Stanley is it's really beneficial for the denizens. What do you see for the future the dollar for. My dad my hope is that. We. Can do. Dollar for Seattle dollar for San Francisco dollar for Boston you know you name it we won Aaron. The idea was never to just help one Stanley a month. In one city where are now helping to families a month and Portland. And we have a test city dollar from Medford. Trying to test out you know a smaller. A smaller town to see you know what what we can you bear we're looking at Ben. And you know just kind of see what we can do and Oregon and then branch out. You know. Brit raise it from 2000 known as a month at 101000 dollars a month in and help. Dozens of families or mountain in each city so it's really just site. We're just trying to community. The goal is that. Dollar for a zen you know every major city in America and we can just. Crush medical expenses for awesome goal pull an OK if there you unless it. Oh the big one but it what that's very admirable things that's that's what you wanna do that's that's great. Analysts will be here tell us again how we can get a multi. You winning in 200 dollars from Portland go to dollar for dollar and sign up to says it's a dollar a month he can sign up for more than a dollar we have people you know they always ask until we get more of course he can give more. We can you one time donation yes he can give a one time donation as he'd like to get involved. If you're listening in the in you like to support our 100% Marleau and give towards the backhand and operating costs. You can do that as well you just go to contact page on our on our site. And that's not us warrant. React to our territories where you can see see everything salve for buck. And you know what you want even you won't even notice it I get more emails every month of people. Asking if there's still Guinean. And anything else you know people. Hey you know my demise are still coming out easily yeah you just you just don't notice it because it's just have one dollar a month so lets it all year. Via sign up. Dollar for dot org that's super great than a dollar and it's simply one dollar makes a huge difference. Yes it says dollars at a cool congratulations thank you so much appreciated dirt walker CEO and founder of dollar for Portland thanks for being an interest. Thank you. Mitchell's bill is an Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks of if you're involved with the nonprofit or public affairs organization or do you have an idea for an upcoming show I'd like to hear from you. Visit microscope PDX dot com and submit your ideas you can also go to the station's website Hanson richer information there. Thanks for listening to metals go and enjoy the rest of your weekend.