Grants to Individuals and Families: Questions You Might Have
What is the goal?
To provide immediate, one-time financial assistance to individuals and families living in Yamhill County who are facing a crisis or experiencing severe adversity.
By providing modest funds at critical times, we aim to help prevent at-risk recipients from spiraling downward into poverty.
We can often provide last-resort assistance for those who have no other options.
Who are the recipients of assistance?
Most recipients are low-income adults who cannot afford:
a car repair
a heating bill
a medical payment
a monthly bus pass
a deposit on an apartment
a rental payment in the face of eviction
some other expense of critical importance
Should a person seeking help contact Give a Little directly?
We work behind the scenes as a second-tier, or back-up, foundation. Given our back-up role, we cannot take applications directly from clients.
We collaborate with a wide range of 20+ local frontline groups (including social service, religious, and government organizations as well as other nonprofits) that identify for us clients with genuine pressing needs.
Please see Help someone in troubleon our website for further information on how individuals can find an appropriate frontline organization to begin the process of applying for for assistance.
How can Give a Little be sure the money is used as intended?
We always pay the service providers, such as landlords, pharmacies, and car repair shops, rather than the individuals themselves.
How quickly can Give a Little respond?
Our turn-around time is very fast, usually within 48 hours. If the situation is urgent, we try to respond immediately.
Can one-time funding really help with serious problems?
In many cases, yes. The money buys time for recipients to find new employment, recover from an illness, apply for housing or food vouchers, or find other solutions.
We find that people are often creative in helping themselves if given the chance.
From a recipient: You have helped alleviate the hopelessness I have felt for so long. I realize that I am not alone in the world."
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