The word “crowdsourcing” entered our vocabulary in 2005. It’s what happens when someone goes onto the Internet and asks a crowd of people to help a project by contributing ideas, services or donations.
In recent years, crowdsourcing has become a popular fundraising tool for charitable causes and start-up businesses. Now, Greater Charleroi CDC is using crowdsourcing to help finish a project.
With assistance from Laura Jean Kahl, MVI community outreach specialist, GCCDC is using the GoFundMe website to raise money to complete Meadow Park, a new neighborhood asset on Fifth Street between Meadow Avenue and McKean Way.
GCCDC and MVI are turning the site of the former Meadow Elementary School into a parklet with a walking track, gazebo and new landscaping. Donations have been received from EQT Foundation, Washington Financial Charitable Foundation, 84 Lumber and Washington County Community Foundation, and some work has already been done by Painters’ Union District Council 57.
The GoFundMe campaign’s goal is $3,000 toward completing construction, Kahl said.