My name is Marshelle Woodland from St. Louis, Missouri. I am also known as Motivational Comedian Ms. Woody. I'm the mother of 9 children and I have been advocating for the homeless for 10 years. I also raise awareness for depression and mental illness. I'm very passionate about these community issues because I've been homeless many times myself off and on. And, because of my battle with depression in the pass.
Please check out MY STORY link for the documentary I share of why I became homeless the first time. Many people can relate to my story, especially if they became homeless due to their fight for justice. It's very hard to bounce back from any setback. Now, so many of us are trying to hold on and/or bounce back because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of homeless people is growing even faster because of the pandemic.
I am the Founder/CEO of Midwest Show Me Funny Entertainment. It is one of a few small businesses I started to help me and my family live a better life. I'm working hard to grow it and my Say It On A Button business. I plan to make these businesses the main funding source for the End Homeless Mission.
For now, the END HOMELESS MISSION is a MOVEMENT. I'm calling it a movement until I can raise the funds and build a strong team to help run it as a non-profit organization. I can use your support to do that in any way you feel will be the best way to support. Please visit the website links for the many way you can support this movement. See how you can get involved as a committee member or Partner For Change. You can make a small donate of $3 to receive one of the buttons given for your support via this Go Fund Me Campaign. Or you can visit the website for details for the $5 donation to get a key-chain and how you can partner with for the Key-chains For Keys Campaign. You can donate
through anyone of the platforms available to get one of the products given. After your donation is made just tell me what you want on your button, key-chain or magnet. ( Soon I'll be updating the Say It On A Button website to add many of my designs and you can choose one of those soon. You can check out the Facebook or IG page for some of the design choices. )
I HAD TO TAKE ACTION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Being an advocate for the homeless is challenging and I don't mind taking on this challenge. I had to take action to make a difference for the homeless problem because it's getting worse! Often I am asked, how can I help the homeless? And I've been told that there will never be a solution for the homeless problem. Well, it can be done for many through partnerships and collaborations. Especially for those who need more of a hand up and not so much of a hand out.
I started the End Homeless Mission because I didn't see enough people working together to end homelessness for many people at one time. Or a group of organizations working together to help more people avoid it. It became even more clearer to me after my family and I became homeless that there must be a better way. There are so many organizations feeding the homeless and struggling communities but not enough people working together to get people out of it. It's now the normal thing to do as far as helping the homeless. Why not bring people together to fix this problem? Who out there have a solution that don't help people stay stuck in homelessness for years!! I started looking at my own situation and how I could use what I had around me to help people get out of it.
HELPING AND HEALING THROUGH LAUGHTER IS ANOTHER ONE OF MY SOLUTIONS. AND, BEING A COMEDIAN WITH WELL-KNOWN CONNECTIONS IN THE INDUSTRY IS VERY BENEFICIAL!
Millions are needed to really get this END HOMELESS MISSION moving. It have to be something unique and something that would stand out for years to come. Being a comedian made me think about doing something comedy related.
My research ignited this passion in me to organize a Comedy Festival & Guinness World Record attempt. Through collaborations and partnerships we can make a huge impact in many communities.
So it's going to take a lot of advertisement to get the word out to many people to support this movement. This Go Fund Me Campaign will help raise some funds for that and help with funds to pull of the Comedy Festival and Guinness World Record attempt.
If you are a business willing to be a sponsor, have an interest in being a vendor or a non-profit organization interested in partnering contact me ASAP. People who are homeless or almost homeless need help with many things to get them out of their situations. Over the years I met people who are homeless due to losing a job, loved ones, health issues, legal issues, identity theft or just not making enough money to survive. A combination of things from that list caused my homeless situation. I needed help with all of it at the same time to get me out of it and so do many others.
MY PLAN COULD RAISE MILLIONS EVERY YEAR TO COMBAT THE HOMELESS PROBLEM IN MANY COMMUNITIES.
I'm doing my best to help and heal through laughter. I love comedy and truly believe that we need it in our life to live longer. I started out doing comedy in the mid 80's but I knew comedy was for me at a much earlier age. Especial, when I started using it to get the bullies off my back in grade school. It was comedy that saved my life when I was suffering from depression. I wanted to some day do comedy related events full time and use them to make a difference. Watching well-known comedians make people laugh made me want to do it even more. Our world is so sad and more people need to have laughter in their lives. In most cases when people are hurting they will hurt other people directly or indirectly. Especially, if they are hurting financially. There have been so many national disasters over the years and this pandemic has also hit so many of us hard. Because of them we now have even more homeless people in the world. Many people have lost their jobs and loved ones due to these disasters. For these reasons alone I feel that more people should work together to support each other's causes. It's my wish to give some of the funds raised from these events to each non-profit organization willing to work with me to help end homelessness for many people. I would like to have the Comedy Festival events next year if the pandemic is under control.
The money raised from this Go Fund Me will help pay for anything needed to pull off these events. It will help cover the cost of renting all of the venues or virtual events if the pandemic is still an issue next year. The rental of the Dome is well over $250,000, paying for booking a well-known host could cost a lot too. And paying the $12,000 fee for the Guinness World Record judge to be officially involved is well worth it. That's because well over $10,000,000 can be raised from Guinness events. Now that will be a great start to getting many people at one time out of homeless situations!!
#ENDHOMELESSMISSION #STANDUPFORCHANGE #WEAREPOWERFULTOGETHER
* IF YOU CAN'T DONATE AT THIS TIME, YOU CAN STILL SUPPORT BY SHARING THIS CAMPAIGN OR LEAVING A COMMENT OF WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT MY MISSION. YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT ME TO VOLUNTEER SERVICES. HELP WITH THIS FUNDRAISING GOAL OR ANY OF THE OTHER MISSION GOALS. VISIT THE WEBSITE LINK TO BECOME A PARTNER FOR CHANGE. TOGETHER WE CAN FUND RAISE FOR YOUR MISSION AND MINE.
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