All Gifts Given in 2015

From a furnace repair to sleeping bags to helping with utilities, Common Change members walked with friends through winter.



  • Car repair – $1000
  • Furnace repair during winter – $350
  • Care package for friend going through chemo therapy – $200
  • Web & email hosting costs for diversity educator and facilitator – $100
  • Cancer treatment for a 2 year old refugee in Lebanon – $500
  • Bunk beds for 2 boys in need and drawers for the mother – $227
  • Vehicle transmission replacement – $2500
  • Water damage repairs for an old missionary’s house – $1400
  • Funeral and daily expenses for a family who lost their baby – $500
  • Rent help for a family friend – $600
  • Service dog training for someone with PTSD – $300
  • Help for a friend who lost a job (17 years of working for the same company) – $800
  • Iraq/Syria Refugee relief assistance – $1000
  • Help with bills for a single mom – $152
  • Living expenses help while volunteering – $200
  • Meal for an evening of collaboration with community groups – $125
  • Urgent car repair – $500
  • Gift of kindness and support to 10 seminarians – $200
  • Rent help for a friend starting cab transportation business – $365
  • Series of eye exams for a young girl – $384.71
  • Habitat for Humanity mortgage help for a Congolese refugee single mom – $427
  • Medical bill for a dislocated shoulder for a friend who has a manual labor job – $300
  • Homework app for a good student to remain on track in school – $75
  • High school tuition for a pregnant teenager in foster care – $2385
  • Medical costs for ongoing serious health challenges – $400
  • Motel room for friend who got out of jail – $49
  • 7 sleeping bags for a refugee family that migrated from Romania – £220
  • Funeral expenses for a mother who lost her son – $500
  • School and transportation fees for a teenager in Egypt – $1665
  • Start up help for community development program – $1371

Spring bought new life as groups helped welcome babies into families, and met multiple healthcare needs.


  • Medicine for an infection due to a c-section delivery – $400
  • Income supplement to care for daughter with complicated pregnancy and a mother that is ill – $500
  • Financial support to help with legal coast in a custody battle – $1000
  • Financial help during time out of work and preparing for a new baby – $200
  • Help with outstanding tuition balance – $17914,3o
  • Camp ticket for a young boy in the neighborhood – £37
  • Two friends and one neighbor provided with meals during serious illness – $350
  • Medical costs not covered by insurance for evaluation after major back surgery – $500
  • Medical exam for severe back pain due to back injury – $500
  • Massages for peace and healing to a couple in dire need – $140
  • Help with costs in treatment for lacerations on face and body for a daughter – $141
  • Summer school course for a student needed to graduate – $550
  • Rent and several doctor’s co-pay for a friend after painful surgery – $585
  • Driving lessons to allow a father to get more stable work – R300
  • Providing nutritious meals for members of a community – £154
  • Phone bill for a job seeker to allow call backs for her job search – $220,16
  • Financial assistance for emergency brain surgery – $200
  • School fees for four children from a family in need – R1000
  • Chemotherapy treatment cost for a sister in El Salvador – $228
  • Rent assistance for a mother of three facing homelessness due to loss of job – $300
  • Visa fee paid for a kid that will be participating in an International game tournament – £58
  • Camp costs for a student in local community – $330
  • Continued coverage for driving lessons to master and pass the assessment – R1197
  • A wig for a friend undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer – $200
  • Computer for a professor providing English as a Second Language classes in Cuba – $466,96
  • Food and medicine for a worker that fell sick – £25
  • Eye exam focussing on processing of information – $47,50
  • Insurance costs for friend who spent 3 years in prison, to help with reentry – $840
  • Help for funeral cost for a friend’s sister – $200
  • Graduation gift for Sudanese refugee who is the first in his family to graduate – $150
  • Transportation fee for a determined student going to school – $435
  • Deductible coverage and some living expenses for a family who was burglarized – $3500
  • Replacement for a stolen bike and a lock to go with it – £110

With summer came new bikes, summer school costs, and tools for a formerly homeless man to begin growing his own vegetables.



  • Replacement for a stolen bike and a lock to go with it – £110
  • Truck driving lessons for an aspiring worker – $2050
  • Seving 60 elderly people through visitation and food in Havana – $9247
  • A gift to take time off and take care of a husband after heart surgery – $400
  • Help for a co-worker and friend who will be having a baby soon – $230
  • Reflexology for a terminally ill mother and a daughter taking care of her – £247
  • Moving costs for single mother – $500
  • Replacement of work vehicle after being hit by a driver who ran a red light – $1200
  • Retreat for a hard working woman – $100
  • Movings cost for a mother and daughter – $800
  • Dental needs for an 85-year-old retired fireman – $1050
  • Truck repairs for a pastor working two jobs- $1300
  • Financial help for a family after father/husband suffer from multiple strokes – $200
  • Repayment for school grant due to having eye (advanced stage glaucoma) surgery – $996
  • Transportation for a friend returning to Bolivia to bury his grandmother, who raised him – $500
  • Educational psychologist fee for a student – R1000
  • Root canal and a crown covered for a hard working barista – $1950
  • A new oven for a baker that finally has a chance for success in Havana – $284
  • Help with medical bills for a hard working dad and a mom who just had a baby – $1800
  • An allotment and tools for a homeless man to be able to support himself growing vegetables – £60
  • A bike and equipment for the ability to expand a yard work business – $500
  • Financial help for a mother and two sons from Egypt processing their immigration documents – $1000
  • A laptop for a hard working college student that has been homeless with her mom – $500
  • Car repair fees covered for a family in transition – $995
  • Four brand new shoes for workers that walk to provide care for the elderly in Cuba – $280
  • Interim child support help for a single mom – $950
  • College prep books to help students on the road to college – $200
  • Car repairs for family earning minimum wage – $510.13
  • Bail money for a friend – $500
  • Shoes for young man walking 15miles a day to an internship – R500
  • Help with chemo costs for a young Zimbabwean friend – $2000
  • Rental assistance for college student getting on her feet – $350
  • Counselling for young women returning from the Peace Corps – $420
  • Bike and lock replacement for a neighbor in Manchester, UK – £180
  • Medical treatment for a young refugee man in Gaza – $400

During Fall, groups helped with utility bills, educational fees and supplies and start-up costs for several new businesses.



  • Helping friend with living costs for 3 months – R2250
  • Care packages for refugees in Syria and Iraq – $1500
  • Extramural educational support lessons for young girl – R800
  • Assisting micro-entrepreneur with start-up stock for his business – R1000
  • Purchasing a biosand water filter for a village in Uganda – £50
  • New prescription and glasses for an elderly friend – $250.62
  • Helping with medical insurance for a student in transition – $200
  • Transportation of a hydroponics tunnel allowing a family to grow and sell their own food – R2000
  • Immigration and custody legal fees for a family – $1000
  • Helping with funeral costs after a father lost his son – £300
  • Assistance with gas utilities for a single mom – $800
  • School fees, food and rent for an Indian family looking after 10 children with sickle cell anemia – $1200
  • Contributions to monthly family meals for a community home serving homeless friends – $2000
  • Medical bills and funeral assistance after a mother lost her daughter in a car accident – $500
  • Helping a single mom with a utilities bill – $100
  • Healthy meals for children in a preschool in a low-income neighborhood – $829
  • Assistance with tuition and housing fees for a PHD student – $14700
  • Startup costs including purchase of an oven for a baker in Cuba – $1087
  • Replacing a dishwasher and repairing a fence for a single mom – $375
  • Assisting family with medical costs for young son with Autism – $2769.75
  • Assistance with rent shortfall for grandmother looking after children – R1200
  • Living expenses for social worker help – $1200
  • Clothing for Congolese mother and her twins – R500
  • Debt relief for single dad with MS – $2000
  • School fees for four children – R1090
  • Matching funds for young woman to complete college – $500
  • Truck repairs for a single mother – $600
  • Helping a friend with car and phone repairs – $250
  • Installing a gas cooker for a single mother – £80
  • Supporting students in learning about theater – $100
  • Equipment for student finishing degree in Fisheries Management – $150
  • Phone replacement – $150
  • Supporting low-income students with supplemental nutrition for the weekends – $200
  • Caring for a young girl while her mother is in hospital with pregnancy complications – $1200
  • Educational enrichment classes – R640
  • Rental assistance for mother after car accident – $1120
  • Gift of kindness for supplies for camping trip after a difficult year – $400
  • Gratitude for community leader and teacher – R1500
  • Replacing lost tips for college student – $300
  • Medical expenses for father with chronic pancreatitis – $5000

Generosity Dinners are great ways to experience and experiment with collaborative giving together. Gather friends for a meal, contribute to a dinner fund, and present and discuss ways you can draw alongside the people, projects and passions in your life. Ask us how to get started!



  • Therapy for couple working through addiction – $582,4
  • Purchase of umbrellas for family without a car, for kids walking to school in the rain – $142
  • New mattress and bedding for family sleeping on concrete floor – $220
  • Repair of truck used for small business – $115
  • Helping single mom with basic living support – $487,20
  • Art lessons for girl in foster care – $610,83
  • Covering expenses while young man finds more stable work than pizza delivery – $775,30
  • Support money for a single mom in foreclosure – $677,90
  • Gift of kindness to a mom of four going through a difficult divorce – $86,79
  • Car repairs for friend facing unemployment – $653
  • Help with costs of medical fees and everyday expenses for friend with Crohn’s disease – $435,45
  • Rent for mother of 5 with health issues and part-time employment – $1031,71
  • Help a friend whose husband is from Mexico to settle in the US – $386,59
  • Assistance with unexpected repairs of significant kitchen problems – $554
  • Knee surgery for a cook at an orphanage – $375,24
  • Living expenses for Thai neighbor after death of her husband – $508,27
  • Medical help for friend after liver transplant – $357,77
  • Help for dad after his wife passed away, leaving him to care for 3 boys – $241,55
  • Rent assistance for single mom of four – $484
  • Help with bills for young woman who lost her husband – $900,93
  • Medical costs after liver transplant – $544,08
  • Covering bills for family who lost jobs and housing while dealing with breast cancer – $584,3
  • Surgery costs for friend in Honduras – $393,93
  • Surgery and commute costs for family of kindergartner in surgery – $619,34
  • Gifts of love including haircut and mystery book for a friend in an old age home – $554,7
  • Support for mother of two who recently ended chemotherapy – $775,9
  • Help with bills for friend going through difficult divorce as mother of 4 – $50
  • Accommodation assistance for father after losing his son – $505,36
  • Tuition and books for a student – $513,4
  • Support for friend with severe traumatic brain injury after car crash – $261
  • Summer education for student to maintain development – $430,65
  • Wedding gift for a friend whose husband is in jail – $50
  • Therapeutic shoes to aid with a friends diabetic foot care – $131
  • Childcare for mother while in surgery – $200
  • Moving expenses for a single mom – $412,87
  • Cost of medicine to help mom whose 7-year-old was diagnosed with diabetes – $338,05
  • Purchase of cellphone and supplements for friend with Lyme’s disease – $580,8
  • Computer for freshman in college – $338,35
  • Assistance for a friend who took months off to care for a 4-year-old with brain cancer – $629,65
  • Gift to a young woman whose car was taken in a civil forfeiture case – $659,72
  • General expenses for single mom – $362,92
  • Expenses for single mom taking time off work to care for 8-month-old daughter who is underweight and not eating – $629,95
  • Computers for classroom – $396,3
  • Healthy prepared meals, groceries, and a date night to sustain a marriage – $588,65
  • Assisting Sri Lankan woman to escape an abusive relationship – $338,95
  • Support for Middle East and European refugee crisis – $193,6
  • Bath stool for disabled neighbor – $42,39
  • New shoes for an elderly neighbor – $69,97
  • A new bed for a foster family – $437,5