Modest Needs seeks to stop poverty cycle

by PJ Mullen on July 26, 2010

in July 2010 Nominees, Spread Your Warmth

The fifth nominee for July’s Spread Your Warmth campaign is Modest Needs. Founded in 2002, Modest Needs is an award-winning public charity whose mission is to to stop the cycle of poverty before it starts for low-income workers whom conventional philanthropy has forgotten.

They do this by empowering compassionate members of the general public to safely and securely help hard-working, low-income households to afford the kinds of short-term emergency expenses that everyone has encountered before: the unexpected car repair, the unanticipated visit to the doctor, or the unusually large heating bill, for example.

Since 2002, by working together in this very ‘modest’ way, Modest Needs’ donors have stopped 8,871 low-income individuals and families from entering the vicious cycle of poverty and a lifetime of dependence on the public welfare system for their survival.

As part of their mission, Modest Needs offers four types of grants:

Self-Sufficiency Grants

Payments to a creditor for an expense on behalf of an otherwise self-sufficient individual or family for a relatively small, emergency expense which the individual or family could not have anticipated or prepared for.

Back-to-Work Grants

Payments for a small work-related fee or expense on behalf of a temporarily unemployed individual.

Independent Living Grants

Payments to a creditor for an expense on behalf of persons who are permanently unable to work but who nevertheless are living independently on the limited income to which they are entitled – their retirement income, or their permanent disability income, for example.

Non-Profit Grants

Payments to a creditor for an expense incurred by a small non-profit organization that will demonstrably strengthen that organization’s ability to serve its clients and community.

Thank you to Gale Langley who nominated Modest Needs for the July edition of the Spread Your Warmth campaign. If you would like to learn more about this organization visit their website.

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  • Brittney Gilbert

    Thanks for profiling Modest Needs!

    -Brittney Gilbert
    VP of Outreach

  • PJ Mullen

    Glad to do it. We enjoyed learning more about your mission. ^pj

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