To Ab, and to those in the FF community that find wildlandfire.com to be unique and valuable:
Iâ€™d like this site to be around for a long time, and want to send money to support it, now. I expect that others feel the same, but even if we wanted to, thereâ€™s no mailing address on the site that Iâ€™ve found to send a check.
In fact, 2 years ago in â€œAb speaksâ€, it was clear that Ab has an aversion to accepting contributions or donations. I want to change that, because even if itâ€™s all volunteer labor, the enthusiasm and â€œcallingâ€ can wither when thereâ€™s a shortage of cash for the essentials.
If there are others out there that feel the same, respond with an e-mail offering to send money if Ab will just give us an address to send it to. Iâ€™m thinking maybe a couple of hours of overtime pay, more if you can handle it, less if you canâ€™t. And, if Wildlandfireâ€™s privacy is an issue, Ab can use some East Coast bank to receive the money and transfer it back out West to
So, there you have it, Ab. If you can accept sponsorships and commissions from your alliance businesses (July 4 in
Family Said), surely you can accept heartfelt thanks ($$$) from your individual supporters. How â€˜bout it?
FFer’s Dad wrote in yesterday with a question, which we answered here. Having just had a much-needed day off, this Ab really enjoyed answering the question… Trying to characterize what I do made me realize how much I love this work.
Now, to answer this question… Thanks for the offer. In the past, others of our community have offered to help out – for which we have been grateful. However, then, as now, we have declined, although we know you all make such offers with an open heart. Partly the reason we are so averse to accepting donations is that we feel a need to maintain absolute independence in a world where influence can be a subtle thing and money can be a powerful influence. (On the other hand, maybe we just have a big Ab ego …)
We still have plans to sell mugs and hats when fire season is over and we have more time. You could support us then by purchasing some. In the meantime, if you know of any worthy fire-related businesses, organizations, associations, consulting individuals who might like to advertise with us, let us know and we’ll contact them. And if you purchase products from vendors on our classifieds page or from those having a banner, please let them know that you heard about their products via wildlandfire.com.
Again, the Abs say thanks for your offer. It’s such offers that make it so rewarding to be a part of this community.