Here we go!!!
Okay everyone! We've finally got our designation from the IRS!!! We should hear back from the State of Washington this week about our application to be a State recognized Charity. We've reached out to Facebook, GoFundMe, PayPal, and a couple other places to be added to the list of recognized 501c3's. So that being said things are really starting to take shape and we're just about to finally be able to accept our first monetary donation!!! We're working with our web hosting service to get permissions to allow donations directly on our website. This feature will be pretty cool because it will allow people to make monthly recurring donations of either $5, $10, $25, or $50 dollars!
We've also reached out to other major non profits about doing a joint venture or partnership to help our first official cause. Our first organization we will be helping is Klickitat County Fire District #15. We've been in contact with Fire Chief Brad Knowland and one thing we discovered when we helped out with the house fire in his district this winter, is that his department and the surrounding departments don't have access to an SCBA. On top of that Brad is the only member of his organization that's "Entry Certified". That being said, we will be fundraising to acquire the gear necessary to save lives in his district! An SCBA runs around $5-7,000 and is a little more then their tiny department in a rural part of Klickitat County can afford to purchase. So once we can fundraise we will be actively pursuing the purchase of an SCBA as well as sending another volunteer off to get "Entry Certified".
That's about it for now! I'm so glad everyone has been so patient with our process of getting our IRS Designation and State Designation as it's quite a lengthy process...
Bye for now!