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Review for Operation Help Inc, Hudson, WI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Operation HELP provides residents of St. Croix County with financial assistance, a place for personal support, and connections to community resources to alleviate short-term economic crises. Our programs include rent, utility and minor auto repair assistance; vouchers for gas, laundry, farmer's market, and FoodHarvest; emergency cold weather wear; Christmas for Kids gift program; undergarments, toiletries, hygiene, and miscellaneous baby items; referrals to other community resources; and a safe place to use our phone or computers or someone to talk to about what you're experiencing. In 2016, we serviced over 3,500 individuals - over half of these are children - with over $165,000 in assistance. Many of our clients are experiencing short-term financial issues due to unemployment or a temporary job loss, unplanned medical expenses, or living on a fixed or low income. We do this with over 5,000 hours of volunteer support - we have only 1 paid employee but have over 30 volunteers and because of that, in 2016, 98% of our funding goes directly to programs that support our clients. In St. Croix County where approximately 29% of residents are struggling to pay basic expenses, we try to prevent homelessness through our emergency and ongoing programs. Whether you're in need or looking for a volunteer or donation opportunity, check us out!

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