Outreach awarded People in Need grant

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Grant to assist in payment of utility bills for clients

Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry (Outreach) was recently awarded a People in Need Grant through The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC). The grant, funded through the Peterson Endowment Fund and Janirve Legacy Fund of CFWNC, has been used to provide financial support to Polk County residents who need assistance paying their utility bills.

In addition to offering an extensive client choice food pantry, Outreach provides financial support to Polk County residents who are unable to meet their current basic needs, such as housing, utilities and dental care. To qualify for help, applicants must complete an intake interview, provide verification of Polk County residency and household income, and present the utility bill the family is unable to pay. Once approved, Outreach pays the utility company directly.

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One of those assisted is a 30-year-old single female, living alone with a part-time job that pays nine dollars per hour. Her monthly expenses consist of basic essentials such as utilities, transportation and food. She often works up to 36 hours a week, which leaves her with just a few dollars of disposable income. When her hours are reduced, she falls behind and needs help to pay the bill and keep the lights on.  Thanks to our partnership with CFWNC, we are able to help bridge the gap for our clients.

Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has served Polk County residents for 25 years. The organization’s mission is to provide compassionate assistance to Polk County residents who are unable to provide for their basic life needs.

For more information on Outreach, please visit www.tboutreach.org or call 828- 894-2988.

– article submitted by Margot Carter