I am a stay at home mother of two from Floyd County, Eastern Kentucky. When we had our babies, we were the happiest parents in the world. I had just graduated from college and had gotten an Associate Degree in the Arts (I had planned on finishing the RN program but never got to return to school). My husband Chris was working for North Star Mines. He had finished the Coal Careers program via Big Sandy Community and Technical College and we had a pretty decent savings. Our trailer is paid for and we felt that the logical next step was having babies. Little did we know everything would change for us.

Do you love helping others? Do you have a heart for giving? Do you "live" for technology and social media? Do you have experience marketing (yourself, your blog, or a business)? Are you a motivated self-starter who works well virtually? Or, are you looking to get more experience and exposure in non-profits, social media, branding, marketing or more? Then The Monkey Do Project needs you.

Hiring a Social Media Coordinator

Why Participate?
  • Twitter Parties are super fun (Seriously!)
  • Great way to connect and network with people who have huge giving hearts
  • Learn things you might not have known about the needs in U.S. Appalachia and how to help
  • Help us raise awareness about Appalachia and
  • Get a chance to win great prizes

Last year--the first year of Monkey Do Project--we provided 56 backpacks to West Virginia Appalachian children in need. And, Nozin stepped up to help us provide Nasal Sanitizer to help keep these kids healthy. It may not seem like a big deal to you, but you have to understand: many of these Appalachian children in need have no access to health care at all--their parents can't afford it or they live too far out to even make it to a doctor. So, every thing that we can provide to help keep these precious children healthy is a blessing.

No Food. No Clean Water. No Indoor Plumbing. No Housing. It's not just in third world countries, it's right here in the United States. The Appalachia region is the poorest region of the country, with poverty rates 150% over the average rate in some areas, and childhood poverty rates is as high as 56%. Almost 17% of homes are classified as "substandard"--having more people than rooms and no indoor plumbing.

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Food. Water. Clothing. Shelter.

[/blockquote] Meeting basic needs--that's how we can begin giving people in Appalachia hope so that they can move forward and change their lives. And, guess what? It's not as difficult as you think! Just $26 can provide:

Have you ever helped someone or donated something and prefaced it with, "I really wish I could give/help more, but..."? I have. I know most of us probably have because the truth is we really would like to give (or help) more. However, most of us in life have constraints--time, money ... whatever.