[tabi] Re: another way to get help

  • From: "Lynn Evans" <evans-lynn@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 17:01:28 -0400

Hello all:

I did have somehope for a ride to the grocery store and assistence in 
shoppping. This may not fit our needs.

Below is copied from the web site:

Has experienced significant economic distress since September 4, 2008.
(While we recognize that many people have long-term needs, HELP&HOPE resources 
are going to
be applied only to those who are direct victims of the current economic 
2. Has had income significantly reduced for reasons beyond the applicant's 

I will follow this up with a phone call to the United Way of the big bend and 
get back to the list.. 

From: Chip Orange 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 2:19 PM
  Subject: [tabi] another way to get help

  below is an article from a recent Democrat issue.  it describes a new program 
where any person needing help can register, and be matched with a volunteer 
willing to give that help.  I'm hoping it can be beneficial to blind people who 
may need help getting to the doctor and getting through all the paperwork say, 
or perhaps going to the store and shopping.

  the web site to use to register for help is:



  September 18, 2009

  United Way's new program matches donors, recipients
  By Elizabeth M. Mack

  One night while eating dinner with Ken Armstrong and his wife, Jeanie, Linda 
  induced a conversation that planted the seed for what has become the 
HELP&HOPE program.
  "We were discussing how the economic condition we're in will impact people 
who are
  not traditionally distressed," said South, secretary for the Florida 
Department of
  Management Services.
  On a rainy Thursday afternoon, 35 community members representing United 
  agencies gathered to announce the latest addition to the way the United Way 
of the
  Big Bend will serve the community - through the HELP&HOPE program.
  HELP&HOPE is a project that will connect individuals seeking help to those 
who are
  offering help.
  The services that are offered by the program are virtually infinite, 
according to
  Armstrong, UWBB president.
  As an example, Armstrong said, if there was an auto repair shop owner who was 
  well and that person wanted to help by repairing the car of a person who 
needed repairs
  but couldn't afford it, the owner would fix that vehicle for free.
  Randy Nicklaus, president of 2-1-1 Big Bend, said their call volume has 
  increased by 20 to 30 percent - which he believes is due to the struggling 
  "Because there are people still losing their jobs, the calls we get are 
  saying that we have a need," Nicklaus said about the new program. "This 
program has
  the potential to be beneficial to the community for people who have been 
  by the economy."
  Nicklaus said 2-1-1 Big Bend will explain what the HELP&HOPE program is. It 
  also direct people to the HELP&HOPE Web site, and help the callers to fill 
out the
  registration form - which is similar to the services that they already 
  HELP&HOPE is another program that is powered by volunteers throughout the 
eight counties
  that UWBB serves.
  "I'm convinced that we need to do more," Armstrong said, about the HELP&HOPE 
  "Eight years ago, one month after 9/11, we had United We Stand Day right here 
  the Civic Center arena. We want to send that same message again that united 
we stand
  and together we can help each other to regain hope."
  South said she takes no credit for the program. She gives that to Armstrong.
  "If it was a nudge it didn't take much," she said. "Ken [Armstrong] was 
perfect as
  the catalyst."
  For more information about HELP&HOPE visit,

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