We were able to help those in need because our community is very supportive of our services. Donations of food from individuals, businesses, churches, Scouts, schools, Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, Safeway and Weis Market† helped stock our pantry. Money donated from the community, work-place campaigns, and businesses help us to assist families in emergency situations. Our administrative cost is very low as we are all volunteers.† More volunteers are needed to work with us to help our neighbors in need.††††††††††
People Served in 2017
†††† Families served††††††††††††††††††††††† 16 ††††††††††††††
†††† People served†††††††††††††††††††††††† †2,338
†††† People helped ††††††††††††††††††††††††382
††† People helped†††††††††††††††††††††††† †††59
††† Rides given††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††95
††††††† ††††††††2017 Financial Summary
†††††††††††††† Income†††††††††††††††††††† †††Expenses
38% Utility Help
44% Food Help
†5% Housing Needs
† 4% CROP Walk
†6% Healthcare Help
5% Program Services
† 3% Organizations
†<1% Administration & Fundraising
†† †*Combined Federal Campaign, United Way,
†††† Community Support Campaign, PEPCO.††††††††††
†† **First Energy Matching Funds
***Includes non-cash donations of $15,924 worth of food from Kentucky Fried Chicken and $35 for apples from Butlerís Orchard.
Officers of the Day (ODís). We have 24 ODís answering our help-line in their homes through the call forward system. They assess the callersí needs then refer to the appropriate committees or to other agencies if callers are out of our area.
Special Projects.† The 47th CROP Walk on October 8th† had 62 walkers who raised $13,721 of which Damascus Help received 25 % ($2,957.75).† Coordinator was Kay Orr.
Committee.† We had approximately 90 volunteers
who dedicate their time and effort to serving the
Holiday Giving Project.† Most of the families
in the area were adopted by community groups.† Damascus Help gave food to 16 families for a total of 33 adults.† Each family got a turkey or ham with all the trimmings.† Kathy Thornett coordinated this project with the help of five volunteers.
Food was donated and purchased ($10,821) to stock the pantry.† Committee members were 7 who purchased and picked up donated food, 8 who sorted food and stocked shelves and 44
who made 616 deliveries to 146 families. Flo Sipes is coordinator of food delivery drivers.† Pantry sorting coordinator is Brian Lewis.
Financial assistance was given to 134 families with 95 for utilities, 28 for healthcare, 10 for housing, and 1 for funeral expenses with total expenditures of $29,653.† Potomac Edisonís
First Energy grant of $2,880 was used toward electric termination bills.
Furniture and household items were donated, collected and delivered.† We had a crew who picked up and delivered furniture to help 15 families in 28 deliveries this year.† Two families were also given clothing and coats.† There were 26 donors.
Transportation Committee.† Drivers use their own vehicles to take people to appointments.† Transportation drivers gave 17 people rides to
95 medical appointments.† There were five volunteer drivers during the year.
†††††††† Board of Directors
Our governing body is all-volunteer and includes the elected officers and appointed chairpersons of the standing committees.
Rita Noble, General Chairperson
Bettianne Quinn, Recording Secretary
Jan Buckley, Corresponding Secretary
Bernardine Beall, Treasurer
Douglas Noble, Chair of Food Committee
Jeanne Ruddock, Chair of Financial Assistance Committee
Rita Noble, Acting Chair of Furniture Committee
Susan Allison, Chair of Officers of the Day
Kay Orr, Chair of Special Projects
Kay Orr, Chair of Transportation Committee
Kathy Thornett, Chair of Volunteer Committee †††††††††††††
††††††††† Volunteer Positions
†† Food Delivery Drivers
†† Food Pantry Sorters
†† Food Pick-up Drivers
†† Food Purchasers
Financial Assistance Committee
†† Pick-up and Delivery Drivers
Officer of the Day Committee
††† People to answer Help-line from home
The purpose of this corporation is
exclusively charitable, as the term used in Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal
Revenue Code. We provide assistance to needy persons and families in the upper
Our thanks to all who gave through donations of their time, goods, money, vehicle use, and facility use this year to help fulfill the mission of helping our neighbors in need.
2017 Annual Report
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