Time and again at Modest Needs, immediately after natural disasters of this nature, Modest Needs sees a dramatic increase in requests for assistance from persons living in areas affected by the storm. The requests that we receive generally fall into one of two categories. First, there are those persons who, on a shoestring budget, had no choice but to go out and buy supplies that they would not normally have needed to purchase - everything from extra food to generators - and, as a result, will have difficulty paying a regular bill next month. Secondly, we have applications from people whose homes and cars were damaged by the storm and who now much pay insurance deductibles in order to complete necessary repairs.
We expect to begin seeing these types of requests for assistance within the week, as soon as power and the Internet is restored to affected areas. And we want to be ready to respond quickly to those requests when they come, as for many applicants, time will be of the essence.
In response to your many requests following Friday's newsletter, today, Modest Needs is launching a 'modest' relief fund to assist people affected by this storm with the two specific types of expenses described above. Our goal is simply to get people affected by this storm back on track so that they can continue taking care of themselves, despite the short-term financial impact of the storm on their lives, and we'd like to raise a 'modest' $25,000.00 so that we can quickly help those persons who apply for assistance to overcome the undue burden posed by these types of expenses.
If you'd like to help people affected by Hurricane Irene with the two types of expenses I've described above, I'm writing today to ask if you'd please consider making a special contribution to Modest Needs specifically for that purpose. To make a secure, tax-deductible contribution to aid those affected by the storm, please just visit https://www.modestneeds.org/donation/online and make the contribution of your choice. In the box labeled "Please use my contribution,' select either 'Operations' or 'Hurricane Relief' (we'll be adding the 'Hurricane Relief' tag shortly.) We'll add your contribution to the 'hurricane relief fund,' and we'll be working to fund applications tied the hurricane as quickly as possible as they come in, and once they've been appropriately vetted to avoid 'waste.'
At Modest Needs, we have very few 'special appeals.' This is because we know that if you contribute to an organization, the last thing you want is to be bombarded with requests to give. I wouldn't ask now if I didn't know that the need for this specific type of assistance was going to be substantial, but certainly, we'd all hate to have to say 'no' to persons affected by the storm who really need this assistance, simply for lack of funding. I'm certain most of you out there feel exactly the same way, and I'd like to thank you in advance for your support of this special initiative.
Thank you so very much for taking the time to read this brief update. I'll look forward to hearing from some of you soon - particularly if you have questions about our hurricane relief efforts - but in the meantime, take care, be well, and please know how much I personally appreciate your willingness to reach out to those who were affected by this very significant storm.
[Photo by Timothy Krause]