I've been working as a flight instructor near Portland, OR for almost a year and living well below the poverty line. I've recently gotten a new job in Alaska, but after taxes (though I had $0 taxable income, I had to spend my whole meager savings in employment taxes because I'm a contractor) I don't have enough money to actually make the move.
This campaign is an attempt to raise the funds to get me up to Alaska and sustain me through training at the new job (during which time I won't be paid). I'll need $1200 by the 4th of March in order to move into the studio apartment, and an extra $500 by the end of March to last until the end of April, after which time hopefully I'll be able to sustain myself on paychecks once again.
Here's what the money will be going to:
$150 for travel supplies, including chains, ice scraper, and preventative maintenance on my car
$350 for fuel
$250 for motels (this is rounded up; I will probably be able to get by with $180, and if this campaign falls through I have the option to sleep in my car)
$90 for food for 1 month
$350 for the rest of the move-in costs at the apartment, including March rent.
The last $500 is to pay off the April rent and food for April.
This fundraiser is about the last thing standing between me and homelessness right now. This new job is a beacon of hope in my life, to get me out of poverty and open up even more opportunities for my future. Any contribution you can make would mean the world to me.
Thank you so very much for your time.
- Cips Shilova
- Rainier Beringer