To The Daily Sun,
Neighbors in Need is 30 years old this year! It was started in 1986 by Bob DeCamp and a small group of individuals to support local agencies and churches who didn't have the funds to provide financial assistance to families and individuals in need. The founders persuaded local households and organizations to contribute to this fund. Over 240 heard the message and agreed to support our mission. Many still do.
Now in my 10th year with NIN, I am proud to be able to continue the founders' message and mission. There's been a few changes in our focus. Yes, we still provide funds for basic necessities such rent, utilities, heat, and mortgages payments. But we now help folks with car repairs, dental work, medical equipment and even the purchase of automobiles.
And our modus of operation remains the same. Our efforts are still directed through other non-profits and religious communities that allow them to interact with their local congregations and community. We supplement and complement the primary help agencies such local welfare and state assistance networks. We still pay no salaries or wages; 99 percent of the donations and other revenues are used for direct assistance. We are a 501c3 non-profit with an all-volunteer board of directors.
Bill Johnson, President
Neighbors in Need
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