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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Food, Food Programs, Human Services, Transportation Assistance

Mission: Gaithersburg HELP is an all-volunteer organization which was founded in 1968 by a consortium of Gaithersburg congregations to provide emergency assistance to area residents in need of food, medical prescriptions, infant needs, transportation for medical services, financial assistance to prevent eviction or utility cutoff and to provide referrals to providers of services not available through HELP. More than 30 years later our mission remains the same, meeting the increasing emergency needs of the Gaithersburg area.

Target demographics: area residents in need of emergency services

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,560 emergency situations

Geographic areas served: Gaithersburg

Programs: Food, Infant Needs, Prescription Funding, Transportation, Financial Support and Referrals

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iim a brand new volunteer and couldn't be more excited working for this organiztion. We help feed low income families through a pantry service. I'm a new food coordinator and received excellent training for this position.

So
Far I've only served the pantry one day but still found it to be a rewarding experience.

GaithersburgHELP IS THE BEST!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gaithersburg Help, in Gaithersburg MD, is an amazing organization. It provides food, infant needs, vital transportation, funds for prescriptions, and financial support to hundreds of people every year, all without charge and from an all-volunteer staff.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am always sick, I go to the Dr at least 4 times a month if it weren't for Gaithersburg I would be lost. Everyone I've met over the phone has been polite and helpful. Thank you so much for your help. Gwendolyn Osborne

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with Gaithersburg HELP for the Transportation department and the team of volunteers are all great and makes life easier to get my roles done in a quick but sufficient fashion.

As an volunteer, I help the Elderly & disabled clients find a volunteer driver to take them to their doctors appointments & back. We have great drivers & clients.

If you need help and live in Gaithersburg then Gaithersburg HELP might have an service your in need of so check them out & if you are interested in volunteering then get into contact with us as well!!!

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Best Regards,

William Clements
Client Transportation Scheduler | Technical Assistant Client Transportation
william.clements@gaithersburghelp.org
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Gaithersburg HELP | Neighbor Helping Neighbor

301 Muddy Branch Road | Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Main Phone #: 301-216-2510 | www.gaithersburghelp.org

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a mother of 3 in Gaithersburg, and our current income barely keeps a roof above our heads. I'm currently seeking employment but had nothing appropriate to wear. I called Gaithersburg Help and they gave me a Goodwill voucher and bus tokens. I found a GREAT interview outfit and you know how expensive buses are now so this was a HUGE HELP. The AWESOME volunteer actually met me at Goodwill with the voucher. These people CARE!!! I JUST LOVE THEM!!! I'm going to update you once I've actually found a job.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was new to the Gaithersburg, Maryland area one year ago, and I was (am) struggling with a Disability. I I passed by the window for the "Gaithersburg Help" office, and as luck would have it, they had their phone number on the door. I called the number and left a message that I was a single Dad struggling a bit, and asked to inquire about what options could be available to me. The next morning, I received a call back with an explanation of their Food Pantry, Medical Assistance as well as Transportation help. I immediately signed up for the Food Assistance. The volunteers are always so kind each month, and they provide families with a nice supply of food. I also participated (today!) in the Medical Assistance program, and it was AWESOME. They have helped me so much. I will not hesitate to tell someone who may be struggling who lives in Gaithersburg to reach out to this Organization. They treat everyone with kindness and respect.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the Board as a representative of my congregation several years ago and had done a limited amount of volunteering previously. I am impressed by the dedication of the all-volunteer leadership and the committed volunteers that keep the organization functioning smoothly.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a Food Cordinator with Gaithersburg HELP for about four months and have found this experience to be very rewarding. I received excellent training and materials when I started and
work twice a month from 9am to 1pm on a weekday retrieving voice mails, contacting clients,
determining their needs and updating a database to schedule their visit to the food pantry.
If anyone is considering volunteer work I highly recommend Gaithersburg HELP.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with Gaithersburg HELP for the last several years, I have been deeply touched by the kind words we hear from our clients. I serve as a food coordinator, taking calls from people who request food which they then pick up at our pantry. For those who travel to the pantry via bus we are able to provide tokens and for those unable physically to go to the pantry, we have volunteers who will make food deliveries. No one in our service area is turned away.

Not a volunteer day goes by without many heartfelt thanks from those who rely on our services. For those who lost their jobs, became ill or suffered an accident, our services are needed and deeply appreciated. I have talked with a professional who worked at a local hospital, but suffered a stroke and is now unable to work. Another client is retired, but now raising her granddaughters on her small pension. These people didn’t ask for their current situations, but are upbeat, positive people making the best of things, and both are profuse in their thanks for our assistance. These are just two of the stories and there are many others, but it comes down to giving help where it’s needed, and I’m proud to be associated with Gaithersburg HELP.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Gaithersburg HELP for a number of years as a food coordinator. The most rewarding aspect of being a food coordinator is speaking with the clients who call in to receive assistance. An example of some of the comments are:
without the assistance of HELP, my family could not have made it this month;
I just lost my job and it is difficult to pay the bills and put food on the table;
many thanks for the good work that your do.
In addition to speaking with the clients, it is a joy to work with volunteers whose goal is to help those in need without question or judgment. This is truly an all volunteer organization who puts clients first!