This fundraiser is to support Sen Mendez aka Sweet Pea’s relocation costs, medical procedure costs, 1st month rent and studio rent for the rest of the year.
Thank you so much! We are on day 2 and we have raised about 800$ with Venmo and fundly combined! Lets keep promoting and donating so I can reach my goal.
This fundraiser is to support Sen aka Sweet Pea’s relocation costs, medical procedure costs, 1st month rent and studio rent for the rest of the year. Sen is a fat disabled artist born and raised in Oakland, CA. Currently Sen is looking for a fresh start, they have been fortunate enough to live in an apartment with amazing people who have become their chosen family. This has helped Sen build stability in their mental health, housing and career. In the last year, Sen has survived the loss of their emotional support animal, loss of a partner and loss of work during a global pandemic. Now Sen is ready to start fresh in a new home that will offer a fresh and expanded mobility so they can continue to thrive. Just like plants, Sen’s relocation is similar to repotting a plant into a larger pot to promote growth!
Unfortunately due to the pandemic, their mobility in the current living space has become limited as a commitment to protect their immunocompromised roommates health. Part of the commitment to protect their roommates' health caused their rent to increase and lose access to the living room and full kitchen space within the apartment. This has caused additional stress and trouble with mobility that Sen did not anticipate. Sen’s income has decreased drastically in August of 2020 from 3K$ a month to 1k$. Now Sen cannot afford to continue paying for rent and keep their art studio that estimates a budget of $1,700 a month. This budget covered both art studio rent, apartment rent and additional bills.
Sen is forced to face another loss of their art studio that they worked really hard to maintain AND where they work. Due to loss of income, Sen will be downsizing from having two separate spaces and combining both into one space. As of August 17, 2020, Sen has been dealing with health complications due to stress while navigating their current situation. Sen is advised to make changes to their current lifestyle, therefore the decision to relocate will ease some of the stress that Sen has been dealing with. With their health complications, Sen has an upcoming procedure on October 9th that will not be covered by their insurance. We hope to also fundraise for the costs of the procedure as well. Let's support Sen to receive more peace and space for mobility as this will support their efforts in dealing with their current health scare.
Sen’s artwork centers fat, Black, Indigenous, disabled bodies and donates their artwork to fundraise for Black and Brown LGBTQIA individuals. Pre and during COVID, Sen loves helping people and being able to organize community effort to support their needs.
You can find Sen post-covid at your local art shows, lgbt events and fundraising dance parties. The kinds of activities you will see Sen doing at these events are food prep, clean up, eating food or taking initiative to make the space more accessible. You can count on Sen to make sure you have a safe ride home. Make a donation to help Sen bloom and grow strong roots to their full potential!
Sweet Pea’s Pandemic Accomplishments:
Consistently supported Black and Brown communities during the pandemic.
Sweet Pea’s Repot Fund breakdown:
Fundraiser Goal: $5000
1st Month rent: $1,200
Art Studio end of the year rent: $900
Moving costs (movers, truck, gas): $400
Medical Procedure (colonoscopy, anesthesia, consultation fee, additional fees) : $2,500
To make donations outside of fundly:
2.5k goal met by October 9th
3k goal met by October 15th
5k goal met by October 30th
WOW I am blown away from the amount of support I have received so far with the jumpstart of this fundraiser. As of one day, Fundly and Venmo combined I have raised $563 USD of my 5k goal! What a great jumpstart to this fundraiser. I'm so grateful for the support. Will be contacting folx soon to offer artwork as appreciation for your support to my fundraiser! Love n light - Sweet Pea
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