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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.
Today is the end of our holiday season campaign — and while the fund never closes, today is the last day to make a donation and get a tax deduction for 2012.
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 opening their hearts.
All contributions,,whether $100, $5,000 or $10, are greatly appreciated and needed, and are fully IRS tax-deductible.
To donate online today using a credit card, push the “Click Here to Donate” button at www.peninsuladailynews.com.
Or go directly to the donation webpage — https://secure.peninsuladailynews.com/homefund.
You can also use the donation coupon on this page and mail it with a check dated today.
You can make a difference.
Our thanks to all of you who have donated to this year's Home Fund campaign.
As of our last deposit at First Federal on Friday, $204,074.78 from people and organizations in Jefferson and Clallam counties had been donated to the Home Fund.
The $254,593.73 raised by the Home Fund in 2011 allowed OlyCAP to help about 3,000 families, many with children, and individuals in 2012.
These are your neighbors, with nowhere else to turn.
These are local people that our partner, nonprofit Olympic Community Action Programs, wouldn't have been able to assist otherwise.
With heavy demand expected again in 2013, only a few dollars are left from last year's campaign and will go with the new money right away to make sure no one falls through the cracks during the dark days of winter, the most demanding time of the year.
All the money collected for the Home Fund stays in Jefferson and Clallam counties.
And 100 percent goes to OlyCAP, the Peninsula's 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 often are 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 is open year-round.
Donations of any amount always are welcome.
To apply for a grant from the Peninsula Home Fund, 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, at 360-417-3500.
Or email him at email@example.com.