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The local Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant gave very large amounts of their daily food as part of the Harvest Program that exists throughout the USA. Safeway, the Scouts, our local post office, individuals, churches and schools conducted food drives to help stock the pantry. The Girl Scouts donated cookies. †Most of our services saw a decrease in calls for help while the Holiday Giving Project increased. Our administrative cost is very low as we are all volunteers. We continue to need volunteers to work with us to help our neighbors in need.††††††† †††

†† ††††Families Served in 2013

Holiday Giving Project

†††† Thanksgiving Families †††††††††††††260

†††† Christmas† Families†††††† ††††††††††††297



†††† Families served††††††††††† †††††††††††††672

†††† Adults served†††††††††††† ††††††††††††1,362

†††† Children served†††††††† †††††††††††††1,330


Financial Assistance:

†††† Families served†††††††† †††††††††††††††161

†††† Adults served†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††251

†††† Children served†††††††† †††††††††††††††278



††† Families served†††††††††††† †††††††††††††65

††† Adults served††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††111

††† Children served††††††††††† ††††††††††††104



††† Rides given†††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††4

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††††††† ††††††††2013 Financial Summary

†††††††††††††† Income†††††††††††††††††††† Expenses

†††††††† $82,365

† ††††$45,548

24% Campaigns*

59% Utility Help

14% Individuals

21% Food Help

21% Churches

†6% Housing Needs

† 4% CROP Walk

†9% Healthcare Help

†3% Grant**

4% Program Services

†33% Businesses***

†1% Holiday Project

†1% Organizations

†0% Administration

† ††*Combined Federal Campaign, United Way,

†††† Americaís Charities, Wells Fargo ††

†††† Community Support Campaign, PEPCO,†††††††† Montgomery Alliance.†

†† **First Energy Matching Funds

***99% was non-cash donations worth $29,876 from the local KFC and Chipotle restaurants.


Special Projects. †Gail Haag, Sharon Thorn and Helen Mahylis coordinated the 43rd †CROP Walk held on October 13th .† Eighty-five walkers raised $11,821 of which Damascus Help will receive

25 %.†


Transportation is given to medical or social service appointments.† Only 4 rides were given as we need more volunteers to give rides to people without a means of transportation.


Volunteer Committee

We had approximately 82 volunteers who dedicate their time and effort to serving the Damascus community.† We are continually looking for new people to work on the various committees.

Our thanks to all who gave through their donations of goods, money, time, vehicle use and facility spaces.

†††††††††† ††††††††††Services


Holiday Giving Project.† Families are adopted and given food and gifts from churches, businesses and individuals.† Damascus Help was responsible for 24 families which consisted of 40 adults and 5 children. †Some turkeys were donated and given to the families.† Our cost was $584 for holiday food and gifts.


Food was donated and bought to stock the pantry.† Committee members picked up and sorted food, stocked shelves and made 672 deliveries, a 10% decrease from 2012.


Financial assistance was given to 161 families with 106 for utilities, 44 for healthcare, 9 for housing, 1 for funeral expenses, and 1 for gasoline with total expenditures of $33,376. †††Potomac Edisonís grant of $2,880 was used toward electric termination bills.


Furniture and household items were donated, collected and delivered.† Expenditures of $86 was spent for a familyís special need. We had a crew †of 13 who picked up and delivered furniture to help 65 families this year.


Officers of the Day (ODís). We have 19 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.





†††† †††††††Board of Directors

†††††††††††††† December 2013


Our governing body is all-volunteer and includes the elected officers and appointed chairpersons of the standing committees.


Rita Noble, General Chairperson

Jan Buckley, Recording Secretary

Jeanne Obenland, 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 Officer of the Day

Helen Mahylis, Chair of Special Projects

Kay Orr, Chair of Transportation Committee

Kathy Thornett, Chair of Volunteer Committee †††††††††


††††††††† Volunteer Positions


Food Committee

†† Food Delivery Drivers

†† Food Pantry Sorters

†† Food Pick-up Drivers

†† Food Purchasers

Financial Assistance Committee

†† Caseworkers

Furniture Committee

†† Chairman

†† Assistant

†† Pick-up and Delivery Drivers

Officer of the Day Committee

††† People to answer Help-line from home

Special Projects Committee

†††† Help coordinate projects

Transportation Committee

††† Drivers using their own vehicles

††† to take people to appointments.


Our Mission

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 portion of Montgomery County, MD and adjacent areas in the form of emergency food, holiday food baskets and gifts, transportation, furniture and emergency financial assistance. No one shall be denied service because of race, color, creed, age, sex or marital status.

Service Area

Since 1969, we have served the areas of upper Montgomery County covered by zip codes 20871, 20872, 20882 north of Brink Rd and 20876 from route 27 north of Brink Rd. On a case by case basis we provide help to people who live just over the Montgomery County line in Frederick County.

Our thanks to all who volunteered this year to help fulfill the mission of helping our neighbors in need.†


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††††††† ††††††DAMASCUS HELP, INC.†††††

††††††††††††† †††††P.O. BOX 126

†††††† ††††††DAMASCUS, MD 20872


††††††† ††††††Phone: 301-253-4100

††††††† †††E-mail: dh20872@aol.com

††††††††††††† †††††Visit us on the Web

††††††† †††††††www.DamascusHelp.org


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