Help Somalia

A Charity Fan Auction


Charities
friends/heroes/team
radoka
I know that you have been waiting for a post concerning which charities to donate to and I am so sorry that it has not been posted yet. juliet42 is without access to the internet for the next couple of days and unable to post the list. While I get a one together myself I would appreciate any recommendations regarding which charities to donate to.

All of you are so awesome and I truly appreciate your patience with us. Thank you.

Here is a short list of non-profit organizations that are currently working in Somalia/Horn of Africa. The links go to the pages on the website detailing what the organizations are doing in the affected areas.

You can also go to the Charity Navigator page here. It has a list of highly-rated charities responding to the crisis.


ETA: The International Committee of the Red Cross is another excellent charity.
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Donation Confirmations
friends/heroes/team
radoka
Thank you so much everyone for all the support you've shown and for your generosity. The auctions are now officially closed and we will start going through the posts and notifying the highest bidders. Please be patient with us as we do this. Also, juliet42 will soon be posting a list of vetted organizations to donate to.

Once the winning bidder has confirmed the donation with the offerer, let us know here using the template provided below. If the winners have sent confirmations to the mods we will let you know and you will not need to do anything.

For the subject of the post please state the category (e.g. "Words").




If you have any questions, do not post them here. Direct them to our questions entry here. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thanks again!
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Deadline Extension
friends/heroes/team
radoka
It has been suggested that the deadline be extended and I absolutely agree.

The auctions will now close on Saturday, October 8th at approximately 5pm GMT.

Also, hopefully the problem with comments being screened has been fixed. Please let me know if the issue persists. Thank you everyone for your input!
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Reminder
fly don't fall
radoka
Please do not submit donation confirmations unless your offer has been designated as "buy-it-now". Even if you are offering more than one item please allow time for more people to bid. We want to raise as much money as possible to help out.

Thank you for participating and please help spread the word about helpsomalia.
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Requests
river cold and broken
juliet42
Requests

We are doing one post for all types of requests, but please try to keep it to smaller fandoms when it comes to fic/art/vids/graphics, as most of the big fandoms are covered in the various Offering posts. If you want to request something from a large fandom check the other posts first, you just might find what you're looking for.

If you have any questions, please do not ask them on this post - ask them at the faq post instead
Saturday, October 8, 2011 at approximately 9pm GMT.

Rules

How To Request

Please list the type of item you are requesting and fandom (if relevant) in the Subject to your post.

Paste the following into the Comment window and fill in the non-optional spaces.

One request, one comment. If you are requesting mutiple items separately, submit one comment for each item.

In the "Payment (in USD)" section, please include the following information [choose all that apply]:
-monetary range (in USD) you’re willing to donate in (e.g. $5 to $30). (Actual donations, however, can be made in any currency, -as long as the current conversion rates are used accordingly.)
-Whether or not you would be willing to pay separately for shipping expenses (for tangible items)

If you have reached your designated maximum amount of offers prior to the end of auction, please make a comment to your own request thread, stating: "This request is now closed."




Graphics
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radoka
If you have any questions, please post them here.
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Please comment here with your offer if you’d like to participate in the auction by offering graphics – icon sets, mood themes, journal or site layouts, etc.

Attention Offerers:

Please post separate comments for items of different mediums (e.g. photography and fanart). For offers of more than one item within the same medium, please specify the quantity being offered and how the winners will be determined.

The additional information section should contain:
  • If you are offering items to multiple winners (e.g. the two highest bids)
  • If you would like to indicate a "reserve" of up to $50
  • If you have a preferred charity
  • If there is a "buy it now" price
  • If any shipping expenses will be covered by you
For any "buy it now" auctions with designated maximum bids, please comment to your own offer thread when the limit has been reached, stating: "This offer is now closed."

How to Offer

Please list the type of item and fandom (if relevant) in the subject line of your comment.

Next, copy and paste the following into the comment window and fill in the non-optional spaces.



Bidding Rules

Bid by commenting to the Offering post.

Bids must be raised by at least a dollar per bid.

Please do not delete a comment containing a bid - if you have an issue, please comment on your bid explaining what happened, or contact a mod.

This auction will close on Saturday, September 24th 2011 at approximately 9pm GMT.

ETA: The auctions will now close on Saturday, October 8th at approximately 5pm GMT.

Audio
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radoka
If you have any questions, please post them here.
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Please comment here with your offer if you’d like to participate in the auction by offering audio - podfics, audio editing services, original music, fanmixes, etc.

Attention Offerers:

Please post separate comments for items of different mediums (e.g. photography and fanart). For offers of more than one item within the same medium, please specify the quantity being offered and how the winners will be determined.

The additional information section should contain:
  • If you are offering items to multiple winners (e.g. the two highest bids)
  • If you would like to indicate a "reserve" of up to $50
  • If you have a preferred charity
  • If there is a "buy it now" price
  • If any shipping expenses will be covered by you
For any "buy it now" auctions with designated maximum bids, please comment to your own offer thread when the limit has been reached, stating: "This offer is now closed."

How to Offer

Please list the type of item and fandom (if relevant) in the subject line of your comment.

Next, copy and paste the following into the comment window and fill in the non-optional spaces.



Bidding Rules

Bid by commenting to the Offering post.

Bids must be raised by at least a dollar per bid.

Please do not delete a comment containing a bid - if you have an issue, please comment on your bid explaining what happened, or contact a mod.

This auction will close on Saturday, September 24th 2011 at approximately 9pm GMT.

ETA: The auctions will now close on Saturday, October 8th at approximately 5pm GMT.

Words
!help somalia
radoka
If you have any questions, please post them here.
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Please comment here with your offer if you’d like to participate in the auction by offering words - fanfic, original fic, beta services, non-fanfic editing services, etc.

Attention Offerers:

Please post separate comments for items of different mediums (e.g. photography and fanart). For offers of more than one item within the same medium, please specify the quantity being offered and how the winners will be determined.

The additional information section should contain:
  • If you are offering items to multiple winners (e.g. the two highest bids)
  • If you would like to indicate a "reserve" of up to $50
  • If you have a preferred charity
  • If there is a "buy it now" price
  • If any shipping expenses will be covered by you
For any "buy it now" auctions with designated maximum bids, please comment to your own offer thread when the limit has been reached, stating: "This offer is now closed."

How to Offer

Please list the type of item and fandom (if relevant) in the subject line of your comment.

Next, copy and paste the following into the comment window and fill in the non-optional spaces.



Bidding Rules

Bid by commenting to the Offering post.

Bids must be raised by at least a dollar per bid.

Please do not delete a comment containing a bid - if you have an issue, please comment on your bid explaining what happened, or contact a mod.

This auction will close on Saturday, September 24th 2011 at approximately 9pm GMT.

ETA: The auctions will now close on Saturday, October 8th at approximately 5pm GMT.

Miscellaneous
!help somalia
radoka
If you have any questions, please post them here.
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Please comment here with your offer if you’d like to participate in the auction by offering something that isn't covered under the other auctions – memorabilia, trading card sets, comics, gift cards, etc.

Attention Offerers:

Please post separate comments for items of different mediums (e.g. photography and fanart). For offers of more than one item within the same medium, please specify the quantity being offered and how the winners will be determined.

The additional information section should contain:
  • If you are offering items to multiple winners (e.g. the two highest bids)
  • If you would like to indicate a "reserve" of up to $50
  • If you have a preferred charity
  • If there is a "buy it now" price
  • If any shipping expenses will be covered by you
For any "buy it now" auctions with designated maximum bids, please comment to your own offer thread when the limit has been reached, stating: "This offer is now closed."

How to Offer

Please list the type of item and fandom (if relevant) in the subject line of your comment.

Next, copy and paste the following into the comment window and fill in the non-optional spaces.



Bidding Rules

Bid by commenting to the Offering post.

Bids must be raised by at least a dollar per bid.

Please do not delete a comment containing a bid - if you have an issue, please comment on your bid explaining what happened, or contact a mod.

This auction will close on Saturday, September 24th 2011 at approximately 9pm GMT.

ETA: The auctions will now close on Saturday, October 8th at approximately 5pm GMT.

Arts & Crafts
!help somalia
radoka
If you have any questions, please post them here.
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Please comment here with your offer if you’d like to participate in the auction by offering art - fanvideos, fanart, original art, photography OR crafts - knitting, handmade jewelry, scrap-booking materials, woodworking, unused yarn, etc.

Any art not created by you should be posted to the Miscellaneous auction. Icons, wallpapers, layouts, etc. should be offered at the Graphics auction.

Attention Offerers:

Please post separate comments for items of different mediums (e.g. photography and fanart). For offers of more than one item within the same medium, please specify the quantity being offered and how the winners will be determined.

The additional information section should contain:
  • If you are offering items to multiple winners (e.g. the two highest bids)
  • If you would like to indicate a "reserve" of up to $50
  • If you have a preferred charity
  • If there is a "buy it now" price
  • If any shipping expenses will be covered by you
For any "buy it now" auctions with designated maximum bids, please comment to your own offer thread when the limit has been reached, stating: "This offer is now closed."

How to Offer

Please list the type of item and fandom (if relevant) in the subject line of your comment.

Next, copy and paste the following into the comment window and fill in the non-optional spaces.



Bidding Rules

Bid by commenting to the Offering post.

Bids must be raised by at least a dollar per bid.

Please do not delete a comment containing a bid - if you have an issue, please comment on your bid explaining what happened, or contact a mod.

This auction will close on Saturday, September 24th 2011 at approximately 9pm GMT.

ETA: The auctions will now close on Saturday, October 8th at approximately 5pm GMT.

Snail Mail
!help somalia
radoka
If you have any questions, please post them here.
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Please comment here with your offer if you’d like to participate in the auction by offering snail mail – postcards, penpals, care packages, etc.

Attention Offerers:

Please post separate comments for items of different mediums (e.g. photography and fanart). For offers of more than one item within the same medium, please specify the quantity being offered and how the winners will be determined.

The additional information section should contain:
  • If you are offering items to multiple winners (e.g. the two highest bids)
  • If you would like to indicate a "reserve" of up to $50
  • If you have a preferred charity
  • If there is a "buy it now" price
  • If any shipping expenses will be covered by you
For any "buy it now" auctions with designated maximum bids, please comment to your own offer thread when the limit has been reached, stating: "This offer is now closed."

How to Offer

Please list the type of item and fandom (if relevant) in the subject line of your comment.

Next, copy and paste the following into the comment window and fill in the non-optional spaces.



Bidding Rules

Bid by commenting to the Offering post.

Bids must be raised by at least a dollar per bid.

Please do not delete a comment containing a bid - if you have an issue, please comment on your bid explaining what happened, or contact a mod.

This auction will close on Saturday, September 24th 2011 at approximately 9pm GMT.

ETA: The auctions will now close on Saturday, October 8th at approximately 5pm GMT.

Frequently Asked Questions
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radoka
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Promotional Banners
!help somalia
radoka
Please help us get the word out! If you have made a banner that you would like to share, please comment below with a link to the picture or PM one of the mods and we will post it here.

To post a banner:
  1. Copy the text in the text box and paste it into an entry

  2. OR right-click and save the image to your own photo host which will help us save bandwidth

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Questions
!help somalia
radoka
Please post any questions here.
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Intoduction Post
!help somalia
radoka
You've probably heard by now, twelve million people are facing a hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, and they are in desperate need of help. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went on record saying is the most severe humanitarian emergency in the world today and the worst that East Africa has seen in several decades. The United Nations declared a famine in parts of southern Somalia, calling for a widespread international response to end the suffering.

Thousands of Somalis have been fleeing the country each week in search of food, water and shelter. The lucky may find their way to refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. However, even with these refugee camps nearly half a million children are at risk of dying from malnutrition and disease.

helpsomalia hopes to raise funds to help provide relief organizations with funds via a fandom charity auction, much like help_japan, helpthesouth, and other similar communities.

Please comment with any suggestions of vetted organizations for people to donate to, further news updates, and any comments/suggestions regarding this community.

Any banners/icons/etc. for pimping the community would be much appreciated.

Auctions Open
August 20th @ 9pm GMT
Bidding Ends
September 24th @ 9pm GMT

Go here to calculate when the auctions will begin in your timezone.

Your mods are radoka, juliet42 and night_owl_9.
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