Mountain Projects gets about ten emergency calls and service referrals each day, and many are heart wrenching: households that choose between medicine and food, parents who need fuel to get their children to school and themselves to work and mothers who need assistance with rent to keep their family housed and together. It’s become all too common, but we’ve found a way to get people through some of these rough spots and into other programs that provide longer term relief.
This is how and where our Emergency Fund comes in. Unlike grant-driven programming intended for specific community needs, the Emergency Fund is an unrestricted pool of money that helps us “turn on a dime” to answer unexpected crises. We ask for contributions to this fund twice a year, and our donors are assured of having a tremendous and immediate impact in Haywood and Jackson Counties. Once we are able to provide some immediate relief, our staff can help to work with those in need to shift them toward self sufficiency.
Over our five decade history we’ve earned a reputation as a trustworthy local agency, able to put our donors’ money to efficient, effective work in the community. There are few better ways to help your mountain neighbors than to provide support when difficult situations come about.
A traditional saying in some cultures is “may no new thing arise.” In other words: no surprises! We’re hoping for fewer new things during the rest of 2023, but we’ve decided not to hold our breath. We plan to be prepared for whatever comes our way.
Our Emergency Fund is the tool we use to meet these needs, and it is funded through your donations. Your investment makes a world of difference in our community. Now’s a great time to give!