"If it's free, it's for me!"
Hi, I'm Taryn. I designed & launched the Portland Cheat Sheet in July 2021 to encourage people to interact in their communities. I also wanted to create a website that catered to people, like myself, who couldn't afford basic entertainment like restaurants or shows. The website was my way to funnel that frustration into something productive that could create a vibrant world for all of us, not just some of us.
This is my full-time job and my only pay is from ad sales, grants & donations. See every dollar raised so far
. Most of the money I raise up to $2000 will go to website maintenance and upgrading my equipment: for two years I created the Cheat Sheet without pay, designing the website on an old laptop using slow budget wifi. Funds over $2000 will go to purchasing a new website so the back end is *way more* efficient (right now everything is done manually- around 60% could be automated to save time).
If I can hit those two targets, the final goal is to include more towns in Southern Maine and launch into other regions.
If you have the ability to donate to my cause,
a sincere thank you for keeping a roof over my head
while I help people find their community one free event at a time.
*** AVOID STICKER SHOCK IF YOU DONATE ***
If you're like me (a cheapskate) you hate it when GoFundMe, a company valued at 600 million, tries to charge more money than what you expect.
So here are 3 key points to avoid sticker shock:
1) The minimum you can donate is $5.
2) They'll ask if you'd like to kick in a tip to support the GoFundMe platform (which gives 100% of funds to organizers), if you don't, choose "other" and write "0".
3) They accept credit, debit & Google Pay.
The Portland Cheat Sheet, published every Thursday, lists free events, free outdoor spaces, and helpful low-cost resources in Southern Maine.
Power down and interact with the beautiful world around you.