Helping local families improve their lives

Although many of us face a variety of challenges in our lives, most of us have a secure home and loving family and friends to help us through difficult times. Some aren't so lucky.

Often the children and families we help have lost their social connections, lost their income due to illness or death of a spouse or parent, are struggling with mounting bills and have little hope. Most times they find themselves in this position through no fault of their own and without a safety net. From time to time we all need that support from our friends and family, and we want to fill that role for those who have neither.

We have refocused the Foundation on helping local families who have an immediate and most times a one-time need based on some unplanned event. In most cases these situations wouldn’t qualify for institutional aid or it would take too much time to be of any real help. The guiding principle at the Foundation is our belief that everyone be treated with respect and dignity and supported when they need it most. Time and again, we have seen that, although seemingly insurmountable obstacles are sometimes placed in their way, with a little help people can push through these barriers, determined to put their lives back together.

Why We Need Your Help

We all see it every day, there are more and more events to raise money for very worthy causes. With the uncertainties of the economic environment and continued rise in the cost of most essential services and goods, there is only a limited amount of money available for donations.

This ever-increasing competition for public and private donations makes it that much more difficult to get people and companies to donate to our Foundation. We rely solely on the generosity of the individuals, small business owners and companies that we have relationships with who know how many people we help, and the kind of work we do for the community, local families and organizations.

One of the things that Jonathan used to say was that if we all took care of each other, everything else would take care of itself. We need your help to allow us to continue to take care of each other.

How We Use Your Donations

Your generosity allows us to provide the basic necessities that many people take for granted: a month’s rent, lifesaving medication, a nutritious meal, a hot shower, Christmas presents for children, warm clothing.

We don’t think that a family should have to choose between food and heat in the winter months or between providing their children with necessary medical treatment or having shoes and boots. Your donations make it possible for us to minimize the amount of times this decision has to be made.

All of this is directly attributable to individuals and organizations that believe in our mission to keep Jonathan’s spirit of caring, and giving alive.