Dave's aha moment
What if there was a way to ask for help where no one knows you were asking for help?
"We provide a nurturing, dignified way to connect individuals who have a specific need with those who wish to fulfill that need."
Here at www.myneighborinneed.org we believe that every single person at one time in their life has had a need. For some, that time is right now!
We also believe that each of us has the capacity, talent and ability to help their neighbors in need.
Finally, we believe that each of us can provide help because help comes in many different forms. The first step in helping your neighbor in need is to simply care.
Do you or someone you know have a need?
Sometimes asking for help is the hardest thing to do. Please do not let your pride stop you from asking for help.
The fact is you might be surprised how many of your neighbors want to help. However, if you do not ask for help then no one will know that you need help.
Here's how you get started... Simply fill out the Request a Need form and one of our Good Deed Doers will review your request. As soon as we receive your completed request, we will verify that your request is complete and accurate. We will then we post it to this site in hopes that members of our local community can personally help their neighbors in need.
Things to consider before completing the Need Request form
Here at www.myneighborinneed.org we understand how stressful it is when you are in need. We also understand that when you are facing a situation that seems daunting, a "want" may seem to be a "need". However, needs are different than wants. During our verification process our Good Deed Doers and other volunteers will ask you many questions about your situation. This is important because as stewards of the community’s willingness to help, we have to verify that your request is a "need" and not a "want" before considering posting your request on the website. Some of these questions will be about your financial situation, employment status, your ability to do it yourself, your history of receiving help from other organizations, etc.
Please know that no one is here to judge you or your situation, but we must verify the merit of your need. We also work closely with Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Teton County, and you can click on their link above to see resources that may be available to help you in Teton County. If you tell us that you have been to other organizations and they turned down your new request, we will ask you why you were turned down and then we will contact them to confirm the situation. Again, it is not that we do not believe you, but we must verify all of the facts before considering posting your need request.
Our motto is simple: "If we cannot prove it, we do not post it."
Approved Need Request Categories
We wish we had the capacity to try and help everyone. We also wish we could post every need request. However, that is just not possible. Therefore to better serve the community we have structured a list of Approved Need Request Categories. These include: Food, Emergency Shelter, Rent, Clothing, Medical Equipment, Furniture, House-Hold Items, Transportation (bus pass), Emergency Fuel, Plumbing, Electrical, Potentially Dangerous Items, One-Time City Required Yard Clean-Up, Damaged or Falling Fencing, One-Time Residence/House Cleaning, Appliance Repairs, Small Construction Repairs. We will also consider other need requests on a case by case basis.
However we are unable to post a need request for the following categories: Toys, Computers, Painting, General Construction, Roofing Repairs, General Repairs to Non-Crucial Items, Cable Bills, Cell Phone Bill or Large Electric/ Gas Bills, Collections, Previous Medical Issues, or any Prescription.
What is a Need?
A need can be as simple as a new pair of socks, a flat tire that needs to be changed or maybe you need your sidewalk cleared of snow. Perhaps you need a few extra groceries for the rest of the week or you have a broken window that needs to be fixed.
Not all needs are necessarily financial. For instance, you might need someone to walk your dog, or you simply need someone to talk to. The possibilities are endless to what constitutes a need.
This website is designed to discover what the needs of our neighbors are and to provide a simple, turn-key solution for people who want to help their neighbors but don't always know how to.
We keep an archive of every need we have fulfilled in our Fulfilled Needs Archive.
Who can request a need?
Currently we serve Cascade and Teton Counties. Any person in these areas can request a need for themselves or a Neighbor in Need
What if I have more than one need?
We understand that sometimes our neighbors are facing a crisis and may have multiple needs. You are welcome to submit multiple needs requests, however, you can only have one request fulfilled at a time. In order to have a second, third or fourth need posted on the website, we ask that you fulfill the need of someone else that appears on the Current Needs list. Once you have fulfilled a need from the list, we will then post another of your need requests.
Things to consider before asking for help...
Here at www.myneighborinneed.org we understand how stressful it is when you are in need. We also understand that when you are facing a situation that seems daunting, a "want" may seem to be a “need”. However, needs are different than wants. During our verification process our Good Deed Doers and other volunteers will ask you many questions about your situation. This is important because as stewards of the community’s willingness to help, we have to verify that your request is a "need" and not a "want" before considering posting your request on the website.
Please know that we are not here to judge you or your situation, but we must determine the merit of the need. Example: If your request is to ask the community for help to pay a $1,000 utility bill that has built up for months or $600 for your rent, we will make suggestions on who you should contact. However, we will be unable to post that need due to the amount of the request and/or other factors.
Please remember that some needs are viewed as immediate and/or crucial such as homelessness or food insecurity. Think about it. For the same past due $1,000 utility bill, a family of five could get off the streets and stay in a motel for two months.
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