Close out 2012 on a high note! Donate to the Peninsula Home Fund

By Peninsula Daily News staff

Give voice to your heart
A GIFT OF any size is welcome.

Peninsula Home Fund has never been a campaign of heavy hitters.

If you can contribute only a few dollars, please don't hesitate because you think it won't make a difference.

Every gift makes a difference, regardless of its size.

To donate, write a check to “Peninsula Home Fund” and print out the coupon above.

Mail both items to Peninsula Home Fund, Peninsula Daily News, P.O. Box 1330, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

You can also donate online by credit card.

Go back to the www.peninsuladailynews.com home page, then click on “Peninsula Home Fund — Click Here to Donate.”

All contributions are fully IRS tax-deductible.

The fund's IRS number, under the auspices of OlyCAP, is 91-0814319.

Whether you donate by coupon or online, you will receive a written thank-you and acknowledgment of your contribution.

To delay may mean to forget.
END THE YEAR on a high note.

Offer struggling families on our North Olympic Peninsula “a hand up, not a handout” through the Peninsula Daily News' Peninsula Home Fund.

For 24 years, the Home Fund has helped thousands of families in Clallam and Jefferson counties.

Gifts to the Home Fund make a daily difference in lives across the North Olympic Peninsula — thanks to our readers' generosity.

All contributions are fully IRS tax-deductible.

And this coming Monday, Dec. 31, is the last day to make a donation and get a tax deduction for 2012.

To donate online using a credit card, push the “Click Here to Donate” button at www.peninsuladailynews.com.

Or go directly to the donation page — https://secure.peninsuladailynews.com/homefund. You can make a difference.

Our thanks to all of you who have donated to this year's Home Fund campaign.

As we close in on the final days of the campaign, you have raised $198,624.78 for use in 2013.

PDN readers rallied to contribute $254,593.73 in 2011 for use this year.

Since Jan. 1, the carefully rationed fund has helped about 3,000 households and individuals.

As we move into winter, the toughest period of the year, the money donated in 2011 is expected to be exhausted by Monday.

All the money collected for the Home Fund stays in Jefferson and Clallam counties.

And 100 percent goes to nonprofit Olympic Community Action Programs — OlyCAP — the No. 1 emergency care agency in our two counties.

It oversees the Home Fund for the PDN, screening the applicants and distributing the funds.

The Home Fund is not a welfare program.

The average amount of help this year was about $57 per family, with a limit of one grant from the fund within 12 months.

But even though the dollar figure is small — some call it “shoestring philanthropy” — the impact can be big, in huge, life-changing ways:

Hot meals for seniors, meeting rent, energy and transportation needs, warm winter coats for kids, home repairs for the low-income, needed eyeglasses and prescription drugs, dental work, safe and drug-free temporary housing . . . the list goes on and on.

Instances of help are designed to get an individual or family through a crisis — and every effort is made to put them back on the path to self-sufficiency.

That's the “hand up, not a handout” focus of the fund.

In many instances, Peninsula Home Fund case managers at OlyCAP work with individuals or families to develop a plan to become financially stable — and avoid a recurrence of the emergency that prompted aid from the fund.

And, as needed, Peninsula Home Fund contributions are often used in conjunction with money from other agencies, enabling OlyCAP to stretch the value of the contribution.

While most of the Peninsula Home Fund money is raised every year between Thanksgiving and Dec. 31, the fund itself never closes.

Donations of any amount are always welcome.

To apply for a Peninsula Home Fund grant, phone OlyCAP at 360-452-4726 (Clallam County) or 360-385-2571 (Jefferson County).

If you have any questions about the fund, phone John Brewer, PDN publisher and editor and publisher, at 360-417-3500.

Or email him at john.brewer@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: December 27. 2012 10:49PM
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