Has anyone ever started a go fund me page? I'm thinking about starting one. I'm out of pre-reqs for college so being on financial aid is getting old, I'm having issues with getting into a nursing program, and I'd like to work as a CNA and I'm not going to pay full rent a month at where I live once I start working full time. It costs like $1,000 a month in my city to live in a all-in-one. That's $12,000 in one year. There are some vans on Ebay for like a fraction of that ($4,500). I'd like to use the remainder of my time between now and August where I don't have any classes (I'm in one for Culinary) to work as a CNA and get some experience.
If I could start a go-fund me for donations between $4,000-50,000 dollars, maybe I could get a van and move out of my section 8 and work as a CNA, not "OWE" HUD a damn thing, and earn some experience where I can work part time and hopefully get into nursing school
As a CNA, if I work full time, I'll pay almost my whole income to live where I live at now where I don't have to pay electricity or water. If I own a van, I can get a lot for what I'm paying not owing anything on the van itself. A van is a place I can rest my body without being disturbed by anyone.
I'll register it with veteran plates to further increase my inability of being bothered. I won't park in a handicapped, but if I'm parked at a public park or something, I could get some sleep without having to pay parking fees.
If I apply for a job right now as a CNA and get hired for a full time position which is what I think places usually look for in Vegas, HUD will want 4 pay stubs which would give me two months from not having to pay full price yet. But at the rate CNA's are paid, two months wouldn't be enough to afford even the cheapest white cargo van in decent condition from what I"ve seen on Ebay.
No, family and friends will not provide me a place to stay. A white cargo van is the only proven reliable method.
*EDIT* I still have my Post 9/11 GI Bill. It expires in 2025 (roughly). Yes, I have plenty of time to use it but some program have special rules such as "you can't take a TEAS entrance exam more than 2 times in 2 years" which means if you fail to get in both times you have to wait 2 years before being able to take the TEAS again. I've been trying to use my GI bill since being out of the military back in 2010. The van is the only reliable method. Nothing else will work. I can work whenever and make whatever I want while living in a van. I can also go to school and study at campus where I sleep.
Thoughts? Any experiences with a funding page or donation page? I don't want to prolong my reach from nursing school anymore.
I guess it kind of depends on if you think your friends and family would be willing to donate. The whole process is generally pretty easy to set up. You just want to research the best sites and which have the lowest fees.
Personally, I don't really donate to gofundme's for things that aren't emergencies or aren't from someone in need of housing in general, medical appointments/treatments, etc. If someone has their basic needs met and could continue to have those met, then I'd rather donate my time and money to those who don't. So that's something you may run into with others as well.
Last edit by idkmybffjill on Feb 26
Quote from Sour Lemon
I'd love to not be responsible for paying rent, too ...but I'd never have the nerve to ask other people to pay it for me. I know they have their own expenses and financial goals.
Then bigod, if you don't have the nerve, I'm going to start a fund for you, Sour Lemon!
Oh gawd! I misspelled financial!
Last edit by Davey Do on Feb 26