Announcements & My Story
Hello. Thank you for subscribing to my website. I really hope this has been a useful resource for you.
I have two announcements:
1) How to follow what Congress is doing to see what they will or will not include in the potential stimulus package
Floor Proceedings: https://www.senate.gov/legislative/floor_activity_pail.htm
2) Backstory & Donation Page
This is definitely irrelevant to unemployment and I've never posted personal things -- but here is my backstory:
Mid-March I had a one-day job cancel on me because WHO announced that it was a pandemic. Additionally, my next job that was supposed to be four weeks long also got postponed. I work in the film industry -- so being fluid and flexible with my schedule is a norm. Jobs drop -- it happens. But it was happening at such a high rate and to not just me... a lot of my friends had jobs cancel as well. The film industry opportunities were dying (and continue to this day to be slim).
I knew it was time for me to reopen my claim and I knew a lot of friends were going to need assistance to navigate the confusing unemployment process. Soon enough, people asked me questions I didn't know the answer to. I felt really bad I couldn't help them out. So, I created the Facebook group on March 19, 2020.
My first post to the group said:
"Hey friends, not sure if this will pan out to be a good idea or not, but I saw a need for knowing the process of unemployment in CA and the EDD has a massive influx of calls so not a lot of people are getting any answers. Let’s help each other with our own experiences and collective knowledge so no one is left behind.
I really hope this can be a useful resource for lots of people. Share your knowledge if you have insights!"
Within two weeks, my jaw dropped when we hit 1,000 members.
Two weeks after that, it grew to 15,000 and by May 19, 2020 we had close to 37,000. And since charts are fun to look at, here is a growth chart from March 19, 2020 to July 30, 2020.
I bit off a lotttttttt more than I thought there was to chew.
The Facebook group eventually started becoming challenging because information kept getting lost. I got tired of repeating information to people when they could just search... except, even when I searched for my own post it was difficult to find!!! Some days I would get up to 50-60 private messages a day. All of it really overwhelmed me, so I created a website where I could easily send people without re-explaining everything. FAQcaui. I named it that because it entertains me when people try to say it out loud 😏 and I thought people would find enjoyment in it.
I've had a few people offer me money and Starbucks cards. I've never accepted a dime from any stranger. I've only accepted one offer and that was from a friend. Why? Because I felt really guilty about taking money from strangers who were struggling. Even with my friend who venmoed me... I kept contemplating with other people whether or not I should venmo it back. To be honest, it's still in my venmo account untouched, lol.
Recently, I've had a lot of friends push me to accept gifts when they are offered to me. They didn't mean I should offer information only when there was payment -- but to freely allow people to gift me if they want to offer it themselves. They told me that my time, knowledge, and service is of value and I shouldn't feel bad for that.
Therefore, I've overcome my guilt and stubbornness and have added a few donation buttons and a donation page. Venmo is @ericayychan.
There is ZERO obligation to donate. If I am able to net zero and pay for the domain and website costs I will be more than happy. But if you happen to want to donate I won't feel guilty and receive your gift with lots of love!!
Thank you for listening to my story. :) I will continue to do my best to have quality up to date information on here for you.