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Spokane, Washington Low Income Christmas Help For 2011

The Christmas Bureau has been a part of Spokane's Christmas tradition since 1945. Each year from the day after Thanksgiving through December 31st, the Spokesman-Review solicits donations from businesses and individuals for the Christmas Bureau Fund. Donors make their contributions directly to the Spokesman-Review. Those funds purchase toys for children and provide food vouchers and books for needy families who come to the Christmas Bureau, which runs for ten days each December at the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds Agricultural Building (404 N. Havana).

Christmas Bureau recipients are self-selected. All are welcome, and there are no income specifications. Each address is served one time. All adults served must bring photo ID and proof of address (current utility bill, phone bill, or rent receipts are best). Proof of dependents (all children 17 and under) is required. A letter from their school, or a letter from a non profit agency confirming the number and ages of dependents work best. Documentation is needed to show that the children live with the adult(s) wishing to obtain vouchers and toys for the children.

Catholic Charities Spokane and Volunteers of America manage and operate the Christmas Bureau. Together, more than 300 community volunteers are scheduled, receive a background check, are trained, and welcome families to help make the Bureau run smoothly.

If you would like to volunteer at the 2011 Christmas Bureau
please call Brigid Krause at 358-4270 or email her at bkrause@ccspokane.org

 

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Information On Modest Needs - Grants For Working Low Income

Modest Needs exists

  • To prevent otherwise financially self-sufficient individuals and families from entering the cycle of poverty, when this might be avoided with a small amount of well-timed financial assistance;

  • To restore the financial self-sufficiency of individuals who are willing to work but are temporarily unable to do so because they do not have the means to remit payment for a work-related expense;

  • To empower permanently disadvantaged individuals who otherwise live within their limited means to continue to live independently, despite a temporary, unexpected financial set-back.

If you are having troubles with your utilities, this might be a way to get help.

Here is their website:

http://www.modestneeds.org/explore/

In keeping with our mission, Modest Needs offers the following four types of grants:

Grant Type 1. Self-Sufficiency Grants

Modest Needs makes Self-Sufficiency Grants by remitting payment to a creditor for an expense on behalf of an otherwise self-sufficient individual or family for a relatively small, emergency expense which the individual or family could not have anticipated or prepared for.

In making a Self-Sufficiency Grant, our goal is to prevent an otherwise self-sufficient individual or family from entering the cycle of poverty as a result of the financial burden posed by a relatively small emergency expense.

You should request a Self-Sufficiency Grant from Modest Needs if:

  • You have encountered a short-term emergency expense that must be paid if you are to remain self-sufficient, but that you do not have the means to afford without assistance.

    For example, a person who lives in an area that does not have access to public transportation and needs help to repair the car that keeps him or her working would be an excellent candidate for a 'Self-Sufficiency Grant'; or

  • You need help to afford a single, regularly-scheduled expense (your rent, for example) because of a short-term, emergency situation that has temporarily reduced your income.

    For example, a person who normally can afford to pay his or her rent but lost 10 days pay due to an injury would be an excellent candidate for a 'Self-Sufficiency' grant.

In order to qualify for a Self-Sufficiency Grant

  1. At least one member of your household must be currently employed on a full-time basis;
  2. Your household's single largest source of income must be income earned from work;
  3. Your household's total earned income must equal at least the cost of your monthly rental or mortgage plus $250, but not more than the cost of your monthly rental or mortgage plus $2500.00;
  4. The expense with which you need assistance can be paid on your behalf, directly to a vendor; and
  5. The expense with which you need assistance can be paid in full for no more than the maximum grant for which your household qualifies from Modest Needs.

Please Note:

Self-Sufficiency Grants cannot be used to remit payment for regular expenses that an applicant can no longer afford due to a long-term reduction in income.

For example, an applicant that has suffered a long-term reduction in income and, as a result, can no longer afford to remit payment for his or her monthly housing cost, car payment, or utilities would not be a good candidate for a Self-Sufficiency Grant from Modest Needs.

Grant Type 2: Back-to-Work Grants

Modest Needs makes Back-to-Work Grants by remitting payment for a small fee or expense that will allow a temporarily unemployed individual to return to productive, full-time employment.

In making a Back-to-Work Grant, our goal is to provide a willing but temporarily unemployed individual with the means to return to work.

You should apply for a Back-to-Work Grant if:

  • You are currently unemployed and need help to afford a small, work-related expense that will immediately return you to full-time employment.

    For example, an unemployed nurse who has a job offer in hand but cannot afford the cost of renewing his or her license would be an excellent candidate for a Back-to-Work grant.

In order to qualify for a Back-to-Work Grant:

  1. You must currently be unemployed;
  2. You must have, in hand, a bona-fide full-time job offer;
  3. The salary you stand to earn in connection with this job must increase your household income to at least your monthly rental or mortgage cost plus $250 (If your household income is already at this level due to income earned by another member of the household, you do not qualify for a Back to Work Grant. You should apply instead for a Self-Sufficiency Grant);
  4. The work-related expense with which you need assistance can be paid on your behalf, directly to a vendor; and
  5. The work-related expense with which you need assistance can be paid in full for no more than the maximum grant for which your household qualifies from Modest Needs.

Please Note:

Back-to-Work Grants cannot be used to remit payment for an expense that might or might not have the effect of returning an individual to work.

For example, an unemployed individual who is requesting assistance to afford a monthly car payment so that he or she can look for work would not be a good candidate for a Back-to-Work grant from Modest Needs.

Grant Type 3: Independent Living Grants

Modest Needs makes Independent Living Grants by remitting payment to a creditor for an expense on behalf of persons who are permanently unable to work but who nevertheless are living independently on the limited income to which they are entitled - their retirement income, or their permanent disability income, for example.

In making an Independent Living Grant, our goal is to empower financially responsible persons who cannot work to continue to live independently on their limited incomes, despite an unexpected expense that no conventional agency is prepared to address.

You should apply for an Independent Living Grant if:

  • You need assistance to afford a small, irregular expense which would substantially improve the quality of your life, but which you cannot afford without assistance due to your fixed income.

    For example, a permanently disabled person who is normally self-sufficient on his or her disability income but needs help to afford a piece of accessibility equipment not covered by Medicare would be an excellent candidate for an Independent Living Grant; or

  • You need help to afford a single, regularly-scheduled expense (your rent, for example) because of a short-term, emergency situation that has temporarily hindered your ability to live independently.

    For example, a retired person who is normally self-sufficient but needs help because an unusually large winter heating bill has made it temporarily impossible for that person to pay the rent would be an excellent candidate for an Independent Living Grant.

In order to qualify for an Independent Living Grant:

  1. You must be permanently unable to work due to disability or retirement;
  2. Your household's single largest source of income must be either the disability income or pension / retirement income to which your household is entitled;
  3. Your household's total earned income from all sources, including retirement and/or disability, must equal at least the cost of your monthly rental or mortgage plus $250, but not more than the cost of your monthly rental or mortgage plus $2500.00;
  4. The expense with which you need assistance can be paid on your behalf, directly to a vendor; and
  5. The expense with which you need assistance can be paid in full for no more than the maximum grant for which your household qualifies from Modest Needs.

Please Note:

Independent Living Grants cannot be used to remit payment for regular expenses that are no longer feasible due to a permanent reduction in income.

For example, a person who has become disabled and can no longer afford his or her monthly housing cost on the permanent but reduced income to which he or she is now entitled would not be a good candidate for an Independent Living Grant.

Grant Type 4: Non-Profit Grants

Modest Needs makes Non-Profit Grants by remitting payment to a creditor for an expense incurred by a small non-profit organization that will demonstrably strengthen that organization's ability to serve its clients and community.

In making Non-Profit Grants, our goal is to provide a forum whereby small non-profit organizations can apply directly to members of the general public for the assistance they need to complete the small projects that will allow these organizations to more effectively carry out their missions, but which most large grant makers would not generally consider a funding priority.

For example, we might make a Non_Profit Grant to cover the cost of a handful of new beds for a small but expanding women's shelter or to assist with the creation of a basic website for a small non-proft with no ability to communicate directly with its own constituents.

You should apply for a Non-Profit Grant on behalf of a non-profit organization if:

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  • You actually are an employee of the non-profit organization on behalf of which you would like to apply for a non-profit grant, or your name appears on that organization's Form 990 / 990 EZ or articles of incorporation; and
  • Your organization is seeking a grant to fund a relatively small, program-related project or expense that will demonstrably strengthen your organization's ability to carry out its mission but for which traditional types of grant funding might not be available, typically because the amount of funding necessary to complete that project is too small to be considered a priority by most conventional grant makers.

    For example, whereas a larger organization might turn to a grant maker for help to afford 25 new computers and related software for a larger office, a small non-profit might request a non-profit grant from Modest Needs to cover the cost of a single new office computer when that computer will demonstrably strengthen that organization's ability to carry out its mission.

In order to apply and qualify for a Non-Profit Grant:

  1. You must have an active non-profit registration with Modest Needs (to register your non-profit organization with Modest Needs, simply follow this link);
  2. The expense with which plan to request Modest Needs' assistance is a program-related expense that will clearly further your organization's ability to carry out its mission;
  3. The project you wish to complete or expense with which your organization requires assistance can be completed / paid in full for no more than $5,000.00; and
  4. The expense with which you are requesting assistance on behalf of your organization can be paid DIRECTLY to a vendor or creditor on your organization's behalf.

Please Note:

Modest Needs does NOT make Non-Profit Grants in response to a request for general operating support (e.g., we do not make unrestricted cash grants to non-profit organizations); and

Modest Needs cannot make a Non-Profit Grant to cover some of the expenses involved in completing a project costing more than $5,000.00 unless your organization already has IN HAND written letters of commitment from other grant makers sufficient to cover the entire cost of the project in question but for a maximum of $5,000.00.

If you have questions about our grant types or eligibility criteria, we encourage you to contact us before completing an application. We'll respond to your question as quickly as we can.

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Baltimore, Ohio Application For Christmas Baskets

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore/Thurston Area Food Pantry will again be giving Christmas assistance, in the form of food baskets and family adoptions for gifts.

Applications are available at the food pantry, Baltimore Fire Department, or by calling Ruth Crutcher-Beckwith at 740) 862-4082, and should be returned to any of the above places as soon as possible.

Christmas baskets will be delivered on Dec. 18, beginning at 9 a.m. Baskets are available for low income individuals or families.

If anyone wishes to donate to this community project, call Crutcher-Beckwith or send checks to her at 1760 W. Market St., Baltimore OH 43105.

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Cincinnati, Ohio Christmas Baskets and Toys For Low Income

Caring Place
6312 Kennedy Avenue Phone: 513-841-1499
Cincinnati, Ohio 45213 Fax: 513-841-1498

Services: Christmas Baskets (food) and Holiday gifts/toys

Eligibility: Must be resident of Kennedy Heights, Golf Manor, Silverton or Pleasant Ridge (45213)

Documentation Required: Phone ID, Proof of residency

Hours: Call for exact dates/times for distribution for toys (usually 2 weeks before Christmas)

 

Northeast Emergency Distribution Services
8341 Kenwood Road Phone: 513-891-0850
Cincinnati, Ohio 45242


Services: Holiday gifts/toys (Adopt a family) and Christmas baskets

Eligibility: current clients or new clients Documentation Required: Photo ID, call for an appointment

Hours: Call for appointment, October 19, Tuesday or Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for Adopt a Family. Will take names after December 2, 2010.

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Quad Cities, Illinois Toys for Tots Registration - Open Till December 11, 2010

QUAD CITIES TOYS FOR TOTS 2010 CAMPAIGN

Toys for Tots Coordinator GySgt Matthew A. Dorsey

Welcome to the Quad Cities Toys for Tots 2010 Home Page.   As your Coordinator this year, I want to provide you with all the possible information you would possibly need to know regarding Registration, Distribution, and any volunteer work you may want to do.   

A few important pieces of info for this year is Location for Registration and Distibution.  It will be at the same place as last year at the John Deere Warehouse, address is 320 16th St Moline, IL, once you hit the corner of 17th St and River Drive, you cant miss it.  ALL questions call the warehouse at 319-961-2273 from 9am-5pm

Registration will begin on November 11th-December 11th from 9am-5pm. NOTE:  it will only be on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through that time, and there will be no registration on Thanksgiving Day the 25th, or the 26th.  Please have a state issued I.D., a birth certificate for each child, a current bill that list your address, example (electric bill) and a phone number to reach you.

Distribution will be December 18th and 19th, from 8am-5pm ONLY You will be told which day to come after your registration is complete.  You will be expected to be there on that designated day, either the 18th or the 19th.  It will tell you on your registration form.

Any info regarding requests for events, volunteer work, or donations can be found on the website.   If nothing else call the warehouse at 319-961-2273 from 9am to 5pm
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Christmas Suggestions

You know, for the last 5 christmas's at our house, it has been slim pickens.  Sometimes we were able to have a tree, sometimes not.  But the last two, out of my life of Christmas's, (and I am 55) have been the best when we had a whole lot of nothing.

Last year, we found a huge basket at a garage sale, sort of falling of apart, but still big.  Brought it home and spray painted it with some left over paints that we forget we had.

Across the top, we put miseltoe from our tree, and a big red bow.  Not your traditional bow, it was made out of material from some old clothes we had.  Then we cut a branch off one of the pine trees, and added that to it.  It made a really pretty top for the basket.

Now, you are probably wondering what we put in the basket....... glad you asked...... everybody has things that they have forgotten about, things that have not been used on a regular basis.... just things...

Well we collected all those things, cleaned them all up and then got them ready to wrap.  What made it fun was the tags we put on the packaging.  For instance, my Dad got a package that said, here is something that will help keep your hair from falling out..... what he got was one of those combs with wide spaced bristles.  It was something I had from years way back that I never used.  You get the idea.

We wrapped all the gifts and put in the big basket, and arranged it with a few pine cones and it looked great.  No tree, just that.  You wouldn't believe how much fun we had with it.  But if you think about, how many things do you have around that the family members have forgotten about......

Christmas is about the love.  Kids from 0 to 100 will always remember the love that went into Christmas, not the store bought expensive gifts.  Just remember that.

Just suggestions.......

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Grass Valley, California Salvation Army Christmas Applications Being Accepted Now

Families needing help to provide the makings of a holiday celebration can apply next week at the Salvation Army center in Grass Valley.

Applications will be taken from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Nov. 1 through 4, at the center at 10725 Alta St. between West Main and Ridge Road.

Many groups and businesses in western Nevada County are working together to provide assistance:

• Angels Among Us Adopt-a-Family Program is a cooperative effort of several groups to make sure that toys, food and clothing are provided to needy families. Roamin Angels Car Club will adopt 100 families from the list of those who apply.

• U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program also will supply toys and bicycles to children in need.

• JC Penney has an online gift-giving program that will provide clothing.

• Volunteers with Interfaith Food Ministry and Nevada County Food Bank will be working to ensure everyone receives enough food.

• Salvation Army also works closely with Women of Worth, Ladies' Relief Society and several churches and local service clubs that adopt families and ensure that needs are being met.

Those interested in donating can call (530) 274-3500 to learn more.

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Porter County, Indiana Salvation Army 2010 Christmas Season Applications Are Now Being Accepted For Food And Toys

The Salvation Army of Porter County is accepting Christmas Applications from people who need help with food and toys for the 2010 Christmas Season. “We are signing up Porter County resident families and individuals for food assistance, Angel Tree and Adopt-a-Family." salvation-army

Porter County residents need to apply in person at The Salvation Army during office hours, Monday through Friday, October 25th through November 12th (closed 11/11 for Veterans Day), 9 am - 11:30 am and 1:00 - 3:30 pm, 799 Capitol Rd., South Haven, IN.

Applicants will need to bring a picture I. D. of the person applying, Social Security Cards or Medicaid Cards for all household members, birth certificate for each child in the household (birth to 18 years), proof of current address in Porter County with name on a bill or like item (Porter County residents need only apply), proof of income and assistance for last 30 days, clothing and shoe sizes for children and gift choices (3 reasonable gift ideas per child, 18 and younger attending school).

The application process is only for the adult applying; please do not bring children during this time. Our space is limited and there is no child care available.

Call The Salvation Army Corps at 762-9191 for more information.

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Brunswick County, North Carolina Christmas Baskets For Low Income

From mid-October to mid-November each year we take applications for our Christmas Program. Applicants must prove their income and expenses and have household income within 100% of the Federal Poverty level.

Trees of Hope are set up in locations throughout the County with tags bearing information about a child under age 18 or senior age 60 or over and three “wishes” for Christmas gifts. People take a tag, purchase a gift and return it to the tree, or can “adopt” an entire family and purchase gifts for everyone in the family.

Each family also receives a food basket with everything they need to prepare a traditional Christmas dinner.

This program is funded entirely by local donations.

Contact Information

Visit Us:
4600-8/9 Main Street
Shalotte, NC
 (Click here for map)

Mail To Us:
P.O. Box 333, Supply,
NC 28462

Call Us: (910)754-4766

Fax Us: (910)755-3313

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Christmas Charities Year Round Now Accepting Applications for Christmas Help For Low Income Assistance - Applications will be taken September 13 through November 1, 2010 - For Residents of Madison County, Alabama

Applications will be taken September 13 - November 1, Monday through Thursday from 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. You must bring proof of income, utility bill, rent receipt, Social Security card, or old Medicaid card for everyone in the household. All applicants must be legal residents of Madison County. If you have further questions, you can contact Christmas Charities Year Round at (256) 837-2373.

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Metro Denver Area Will Be Accepting Applications For Christmas Baskets 12/7/09 - 12/10/09

Volunteers of America, Adult Rehabilitation Program

Service: Christmas baskets. Applications for Christmas Baskets will be taken in person.

Distribution: December 21st, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: 2877 Lawrence St. Denver, CO 80205

Phone: (303) 297-0408 ext. 13164

Territory: Metro Denver

Intake Procedure: Walk-in registration. Photo ID, Proof of current address (rent receipt, phone or public service bill). Registration: December 7th - 10th, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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