Tightshift Laboring Coop Truck

$31,117 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 275 people in 4 months
***2x Matching Grant!*** We have a commitment from a foundation to provide us $75,000 toward our training, healing, and operational expenses IF we are able to raise $30,000 for a truck and moving insurance by May 1.

Tightshift Laboring Cooperative’s mission is to model a just, equitable economy, where workers profit from their labor through cooperative ownership. We are a worker-owned laboring service specializing in moving, hauling, cleaning and landscaping services. Through this model, we can use our power to build a world where all communities are free, and nobody needs to spend time behind bars. Our members are primarily formerly incarcerated people and others at risk of entering the criminal justice system. 

As one of DC’s only worker cooperatives, and one built by formerly incarcerated people, this is truly a community effort. In order to grow the number of workers we can hire, we need to purchase a truck and moving insurance. We also need to create opportunities for healing time and space for our members, who have experienced significant amounts of trauma. Can you make a financial contribution, and/or invite us to speak to your house or organization? We're so thankful!

What we're raising funds for:
We're raising $30,000 to purchase a 15' box truck, a decal, a parking spot, and moving insurance. Can you imagine a colorful Tightshift Laboring Cooperative truck driving around the city, meeting your moving and hauling needs?! In 2017 we spent over $10,000 at Uhaul, and were locked out of corporate moving jobs because we couldn't yet afford the $9,000 per year insurance. Your donations will help to open many new business opportunities, and get more money in the hands of our worker-members, people who have been in jail or are at risk of that path without a viable alternative. 

2x matching grant if raised by May 1:
We have a commitment from a foundation to provide us $75,000 toward our training, healing, and operational expenses IF we are able to raise $30,000 for a truck and moving insurance by May 1. Every $1 you donate unlocks $3 from the foundation! This will be huge for Tightshift's development toward meeting the healing, training, and worker-ownership needs of our community.

In 2017, Tightshift worked with 15 member apprentices, completed over 180 jobs, got all 5 star reviews on our Yelp page, and learned a lot from our experiences. We are so, so appreciative of everyone who has donated, used our services, left us a review, spread the word, and given us feedback. We could not do this without you! 

Want to learn more?
- Yes Magazine: The New Co-op Helping Ex-Inmates Find Work and Recover
- DCist: This Worker-Owned Cooperative is 'Bigger Than a Business'
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YESSSSSS!! I knew we could it!!! $1,210 in just 6 days.
OK, so now lets set the bar a little higher. We're going to double that this week. 2420 by next Tues. Great Job Fam!!!!
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Hey Family, were almost at our 1st stack. Lets turn up the heat a little help us spread the word. It might just reach the right ears. Enjoy the video.
I love you all.
Have a wonderful day,
Thanks to All our supporters
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