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Americans Helping Americans

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter, Housing Support, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Americans Helping Americans works in affordable housing communities outlying or within inner cities. We work with networks of rural communities imbedded deep in the mountains of Appalachia. Even though the people we work with may vary in their struggles and experiences, many of their expressed desires for a safe and affordable home, and economic security for themselves and their loved ones, are desires shared throughout America.

Programs: Appalachian Programs Youth Programs Housing for Domestic Violence Victims and children Veterans Programs Home Repair Programs Enriched Housing Programs

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son was afraid to go to school. Last year he kept getting in school suspension and punishments because he did not have the supplies the school said he had to have and because his shoes had ripss in them. To the school that is defiance and not caring. They even reported him to juvenile. To a 9 year old that is very bad and afraid. To me as a mom with 3 kids and a husband who is bedridden from the cancer it is some days more than I know how to manage. I want my kids to have everything but food and a place to stay has got to be the first thing. Then my neighbor read in the paper that this Americans Helping Americans had sent a lot of school supplies and back packs for the kids here and the place that got them was giving them away. She gave me a ride to go and see. They had everything he needed. They even had shoes! nice new shoes. I just broke down and cried. They told me that this Americans Helping Americans place was sending them sandwiches the next week and I could have some of those too. I almost couldn't believe it. Somebody cares Somebody cares. There is no way I can tell you the world that means. My son got in that school bus and he was smiling really smiling. He came home and said his teacher was nice to him. and didn't yell didn't call him a bad kid. If only the people who help them get the things they send could know my mama's heart but if this can get to them please tell them thank you thank you you helped to change my son. He is liking school this year and not afraid.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My kids got coats. It was 25 degrees that night. We got blankets too at Caring Hands Ministries. They said you sent them. God bless you

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The help that we have received has been greatly appreciated. Don't know what we would have done without it. Thank you and keep up the great work that you do.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The help that we have received in the last two years has been amazing, From Vetran's food boxes to coats and blankets we have been able to participate and have been forever grateful. Please keep up the great work that you are providing for all.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have helped unload and distribute items provided by Americans Helping Americans - food, blankets, etc. - for those in need in the North Georgia area. I've have also been a recipient of their veterans' food boxes when times were tough. AHA serves a great need in our community and I am glad to support their work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

have 3 adopted children this American helping Americans supplied my children book bags an school supplies for them with out them my kids would have nothing for school. there has been several health issues an am unable to work. for them I wont to say thank you and continue on folks.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As Executive Director of Caring Hands Ministries in the NE GA mountains I have seen first hand the difference Americans Helping Americans is making for people in our corner of Appalachia. Because of AHA more than 200 chi9ldren here have shoes to wear to school, 300+ have backpacks of school supplies, many children, parents, grandparents, and others had full tummies this summer, 600+ people here have enjoyed our Community Christmas Dinner each year. But an Autistic 10 year old at camp this summer said it far better than I can "I know they loves me" Thank you AHA and every donor that he and so many others here know that someone really cares.
Ann Fleming caringhandsministries@hotmail.com

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been supporting Americans Helping Americans for years. Founded by Gene Krizek in 1990 (here is a link to information : http://www.helpingamericans.org/index.php/50-home-page/news-archives/299-gene-krizek), they help our fellow Americans who need help the most.

Many of us don't know about the plight in Appalachia where so many people were left with no income when the coal mines closed and left.

Americans Helping Americans doesn't just provide a bandaid or a handout - they give support to community projects - a hand UP!

1 Cumberland M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Rev. Cindy Feller/Evanoff and I operate a small mission (Cumberland Mountain Outreach) in Beattyville Ky. For the past 5 years AHA has helped to better the lives here in the impoverished area of Appalachia. They sponsor the summer kid’s camp and laundry detergent program. They supply hygiene kits, school shoes and coats for children along with interactive books. AHA funds a summer family garden program and funds home repair program for families, elderly and Veterans. But the biggest blessing was the supplying of 1800 turkeys for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday. They are like a big brother that’s just a phone call away !

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of my top organizations for donations. I have full confidence that Gene and his untiring teams of volunteers are doing all the right things with my donation. I Thank God for this organization and the support and joy it brings to our less fortunate citizens right here in America. Thank You.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I think this charity is doing such a needed service! The main reason I donate is because it is helping Americans in an area of our Country that is so impoverished and seems neglected by so many. Keep up the good work and God Bless American Helping Americans!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Americans Helping Americans manages to reach communities that have no access to the resources and support they need to better their situations. The remote location (often miles between towns...) means that these communities tend to get harder when things go wrong nationally - and I think we all know that the economy has certainly been taking hits over the last few years. I had the chance to visit some of the beneficiaries at a coat drive in Georgia earlier this year, and it's amazing how much the community residents rely on these coat drives for blankets, coats for their children, and other materials to help them survive the harsh Appalachian winters. It is utterly mind-blowing. And knowing that this community was right in our backyard, these people were an hour and a half from the Atlanta metro area...there's no reason that we shouldn't be helping these folks in their struggle to get back on their feet. Whether it's support with utilities assistance (electricity and heat!), food boxes, or clothing drives, Americans Helping Americans is making a real difference in the lives of these people and building partnerships with these communities. AMAZING JOB guys, keep it up!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AHA is one of only a few non-profits serving domestic violence victims in the northern Virginia region -serving an important clientele and serving them well!