How are you funded?
About 80% of our income is from individual donors. People like knowing their donations are getting directly to people in need. The other twenty percent comes from local foundations or government grants.
How many people do you help?
Our two food pantries now serve over 1,100 families each month. Our Community Kitchen serves about 250 hungry people each night, 5 nights a week. We help, on average each month, 230 families with rent and utility bills, totaling over $18,000 each month. We help about 31 people find work each month. For the 2016 fiscal year, we had the following results:
- We provided household assistance to 2,777 families totaling over $215,000.
- We helped 368 people find employment in our Employment Services Program
- From our 2 pantries, we provided monthly grocery help to an average of 1,100 households each month.
- We served approximately 62,550 evening meals in our Community Kitchen.
How big is your staff?
We have 15 full-time and 2 part-time employees.
How do you qualify people for household assistance?
In order to insure that we are helping households with a true need, we ask the client to fill out an application. We review these applications and invite qualified clients to make an appointment with a counselor. After we have verified the information and had a counseling session with the client, we write a check directly to the utility or landlord.
Do you take donations of clothes, furniture or appliances?
Yes and no. Our building is small; consequently we do not have much storage space. It is best to call before bringing something to us.
Do you have volunteer opportunities?
We do have some volunteer opportunities but due to space constraints and the type of work we do, the opportunities are limited. Serving dinner at our community kitchen is one way to volunteer. All volunteers should be over the age of 13. Please contact Angela Fencl at 816.231.0984 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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