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March 28, 2013
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March 28, 2013
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Damascus Help is an organizations dedicated to helping our neighbors in the Damascus, Clarksburg, Laytonsville, Monrovia, and Ijamsville, MD areas. We are feeding about 60-70 families a month. Paying for medicines, electric/heating oil/water bills for about 15-20 families a month. We also pick up donated furniture and deliver it to clients. If people need rides to the doctor/chemotherapy/ialysis treatment we pick them up and wait for them and then take them home at no charge. Our staff consists of between 75-100 volunteers and our operating costs are less than 1 % which means that almost all the money donated goes right back out to the community. We are simply neighbor helping neighbor because but for the grace of God, we might be in the same situation as our clients.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

November 8, 2011

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November 8, 2011

Damascus Help started in 1969 to help our neighbors in need. It is an all-volunteer organization that helps people with food, financial assistance, donated furniture and household items, clothing, school supplies, holiday food and gifts and transportation to medical appointments. We have about 75 volunteers. I started in 1980 answering the Help-line where people call seeking our services. When my children were older, I started delivering groceries from our food pantry to those in need. Through the years I have volunteered in many committees, food, furniture and financial assistance. There is an increase in the number of people calling for our help. Our administration expense is less than 1% because we are volunteers who work out of our homes so what is donated to us can go to help people in need.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I see the results of the community coming together to help our neighbors who are in need of assistance which helps their families to stay together.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see more people volunteering to help others have a better life.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Someone asked me if I would like to volunteer. Also the web site is www.damascushelp.org to learn more.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Keeping people from hunger and homelessness.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Letting people know that their community cares.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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