COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION IN DISTRESS
Community Service organizations all around central California have been severely affected from the coronavirus pandemic. Hands in the Community is one of them. Lester Moon, Founder and Executive Director, met with Universal Digest in an exclusive interview to discuss their present hardships. They have not been helped in any way from the present stimulus programs available, to date.
As a proponent of elevating the human condition, we at Universal Digest are committed to doing what can be done to help those in need, where possible. Please read on, dear viewers. Any help that can be given in any way, from volunteer work to financial assistance is most appreciated. Hands in the Community may not be viable to help others within the next few weeks or months. Where and how to help is mentioned later in this article.
COMMUNITY SERVICE SEVERELY HAMPERED
The following is the video interview with Lester Moon. When this author visited the HNC offices in October of 2019, it was abuzz with activity. Every office and computer station was occupied and in use. This visit was shocking. When called for appointment confirmation and directions, Lester answered the phone, personally.
Since we last met, the coronavirus has taken its toll at this non-profit organization. There was only one other person present and it was for an unrelated matter for that which we are writing.
Imagine. From March to April of 2020, funding income dropped by 95%! Of course, this is unsustainable for an organization that helps so many in a tri-county area.
WHAT WILL THE FUTURE BRING?
Succinctly, if Hands in the Community (like so many others) does not increase its funding to continue helping in their Christian ministry to support and assist those in need, they must close the doors. This will add another vacuum of help in the community.
Who is helped? Of the programs to help seniors in need, so affected are the programs for parents and children in their situations. Please note; fully 75% of all funding received is returned to help those in need. That is almost unbelievable in present times. Most non-profits return so much less in funding to those who need help.
As with many other businesses and organizations in the United States have suffered from such a notorious ‘invisible’ attack from outside our shores, all have suffered, severely, financially. Hands in the Community who depends on area businesses, as well as, from private individuals for funding are now beyond struggling. Please. Help however, one may to keep this noble, Christian organization afloat.
REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE IN CLOSING
In fact, this author must state that in a previous contact with HNC, one of our friends received assistance from them. In the end, she received the help she needed.
And, as mentioned in the video, one project was to build a fence for someone who needed a new one. HNC priced a contractor who could build the fence for $4,500. Of course, this would cripple the budget. So, they went to work to find volunteers and those who could help with materials. In the end, the fence project was completed at a cost of $1,000.
So, in closing, almost no one and no organization in our are communities have not been affected by this heinous situation not of our doing. Let us all pray that we do not go to a ‘new’ normal, but to a ‘regular’ normal.
If anyone who is reading and viewing what is here can render any form of assistance; it will not just be Hands in the Community you are helping? You will be helping hundreds of people in area communities, now and in the future.
HOW MAY ANYONE HELP HNC?
Please call (559) 625-3822 from anywhere in the United States. If calling from outside the US to help, please remember to enter your country code first. Then, enter the US code 01. After that, please enter the telephone number given above.
If one wishes to reach Hands in the Community via their website; it is: https://hnconline.org/. Thank you all for taking the time to read this article. Render assistance where possible. It is understood that at this time, there are so many people and firms in need of help. Thank everyone for taking the time to read this article. Hopefully, there are some who will be able to reach out to this well-known organization.
To be clear and to the point, HNC will help anyone who lives near or below the poverty level. And, this is verified before they help those who request it.
Please, reach out to help Hands in the Community, wherever one may be able to do so. God Bless us all, in these time. We remember, we are not forsaken. For He knows our plight. And, He is returning. Count on it.
Universal Digest is a proponent for community activity. It is part of elevating the human condition where we live. Whether we may help where it is local, regional, or global; we provide it where we can do so.
There is certainly not enough of it to go around for so many.