I think my patrons involved themselves in my work by setting up a grant so they could hand out $1-a-month subscriptions to other patrons who couldn’t afford to become patrons otherwise. They have since collected enough money for 16 of those and have handed out four so far. o_o
I tapped the grant managers as members of my Discord Chat administrative team. They have kicking privileges so they can help me keep the channel courteous and civilized.
We’ve been talking now about sponsoring people who can’t afford the Chat level into the chat–right now you have to pay $10 to get into the chat channel, but we’re discussing making “be able to give a guest pass” one of the perks of $25+ patrons. The community is very much invested in helping each other out.
Honestly they’re awesome people. Given the choice between rewards for themselves and figuring out a way to sponsor rewards for everyone, they inevitably go with the latter.