Wow! was it cold this morning, I knew winter was coming but 26 degrees. Burr. As I sat and drank my coffee I thought about how blessed I am. There’s oil in the tank, electric to brew my coffee and hot water so I could shower. Basics but needed. Then my thoughts moved to the calls we had at People for People this week from families needing oil, those needing help paying utilities bills, and one man needed help paying for a hot water heater repair. Emergency oil assistance is very hard to find. Funding for everything is very low. But through People for People’s “Hands Across the County” program we were able to locate 100 gallons of oil for a disabled couple with a 7 year old child. Amazing isn’t it. $254.00 for 100 gallons of oil. To some that sounds like such a small amount of money, to others it could be two weeks pay.
At People for People we carefully review each applicant’s request and do our best to match them with the right funding. That funding could be a government grant program such as NJ Shares or LiHeap. If the applicant matches the criteria for the People for People Direct Grant program we act accordingly. We receive well over 100 requests for help each month. These requests range from utility and rental assistance to a request to help make a bathroom handicap accessible for young girl with cerebral palsy and everything in between. There are two things each request has in common: 1. Need for services and 2. Need for Funding. There seems to be no shortage of need but there is a great shortage of funding. Government grants have been cut by over 10% and have not been released for distribution yet. Most of the grants are restrictive and would not apply to many of the requests we receive. Sponsorship monies from corporations have been cut and individual donations are down.
Many of the requests we receive come from people who have never asked for assistance before. People just like you and me.
As we enter the “Season of Giving”, I am asking you to consider donating to the People for People “Seasonal Giving” campaign.
You can make a difference:
Click here to make a donation: Seasonal Giving Campaign
People for People introduces new strategic growth initiative: "CAMP SALUTE" low to moderate income housing for Veterans. Click this link to read article in the Gloucester County Times http://www.nj.com/gloucester/index.ssf?/base/news-5/1277626211265630.xml&coll=8