The trickle down theory of one economic train of thought is alive and well on planet earth however; often times it is something less than a drip. To suggest that the spigot will soon be open is as ambiguous as the number of entities who touch the water flowing out. For the grassroots non-profit who rely on other agencies generosity or blessings the well runs dry all to often and the only thing that can be done is to wait for rain. We remember fondly the great celebrity and good Samaritan “Prince” who died unexpectedly. His “Purple Rain” is a happy place and happy thing to happen to someone.
For Non-Profits it is the release of grant dollars to complete a project for someone in desperate need of help. For a Non-Profit it is the lifeblood of their existence. For a non-profit it is saying “no can do” to someone needing food, shelter, medicine or a job at any wage. Habitaciones Para Latinos Association is such a non-profit waiting for funds to trickle down from set aside federal government programs designed to help people at grass-roots level. What we to often find is much of the money going to beautify a play ground or a park instead of sealing a roof that is leaking so bad a dozen washtubs can’t catch all the drips. How does this happen? All to often the worst problems rear their ugly heads at a time when funds have already been committed to lower priority projects. Our alternative is to ask for donations directly from friends and family of those in need. When those funds are not sufficient we look to the general public to help and I am sad to say the folks that give the most are most times the folks that should be receiving. Faith suggests God will take care of me if I help take care of someone else. This is the mindset and the heart of most leaders of a non-profit but there is never enough to go around as managing a huge non-profit requires an educated person with special skills and to compete with corporate America the large nonprofits have to pay out huge sums of money to attract leaders. So while United Way has convinced employers to collect donations through their payroll programs and millions of dollars are collected it is still expensive to market themselves and hire great leadership which reduces the purple rain that ends at the grassroots nonprofits and other projects they fund.
This week we insured a reliable washing machine got funded and delivered. We insured all the faucets that were leaking , that had been stopped, are still stopped and are working. For the elderly couple on social security we are working to get some temporary relief from rain coming into there home.
Kansas is under a severe thunderstorm warning today with chances of tornadoes to the west of the county that could spread right over this elderly couples house. We called on friends, family, neighbors and now we call on you to help us, to help those who can’t help themselves for what ever reason. No one should live cold and damp in our country and certainly no one in the Midwest where some of the most honorable and hard working people contribute everyday to a better America. God Bless You and God Bless America. Please give.
Habitaciones Para Latinos Association is helping every person they can but are emotionally connected to the Latino community who have a reputation of not asking for help even when help is available. We are currently made up of volunteers and no salaried employees are in the organization.
Please donate via our Donate tab at http://www.habitacionesparalatinos.org
Habitaciones Para Latinos Association