How to Complete Application
Be the hands and feet of Jesus.
1. Be Specific
Be specific and detailed about your situation and why you are in need. Here is an example of a poorly written application.
“I do not have the funds to pay by Electric bill this month. Please pay this bill for me.”
An application written this way would most likely be rejected. Here is an example of being specific and detailed.
“In June, I had to take an unpaid week off from work to care for one of my children who was ill. As a result, I lost $200 of income I normally would earn. This week, I received my electric bill. It was for $212.78, about double its normal amount, because of the extreme cold we’ve suffered here in Boise. Normally, I would be able to afford even this higher bill, but having lost that $200 worth of work income, I just can’t pay my electric bill this one time. I’ve never lost my electric power before and would hate to lose it now, especially in the winter, and especially due to a sick child. Can you please assist us with this expense?”
This application suggests that the person is clearly struggling with a small, short-term expense because of an obvious and documented extenuating circumstance (the illness of a child.) The applicant has also gone to a lot of trouble to make the specific reason for this application clear and easy to understand.
2. Be Honest
At Needs Met, the fastest way to get help is by being honest about your situation. Let’s face it. In life things happen. Just be honest and let us know why you are in need. Honesty is the best policy. If you are not truthful, it will come through in your writing and your application will be rejected.
As a 501c3 (tax exempt) organization, Needs Met is required by law to perform ‘due diligence’ on the applications we receive prior to providing assistance.
3. Have a Game Plan
Do you have a plan for getting out of need and back on track?
Goals in life are very important. If you aim at nothing, this is exactly what you will hit. Nothing!
At Needs Met, our moto is:
Give a person a fish and they will eat for a day. Teach a person to fish and they will eat for a lifetime. In the many years we have been doing this, we have found that often people get stuck in the cycle of being in need.
We often see the same people over and over again with either the same or different needs. We love to see people’s needs met, but if you are stuck in this pattern, you/we need to figure out why.
Maybe it is a matter of updating your resume so you can get a better job.
Maybe you have the skills to start a business, or need to go back to school to get these skills.
There are many potential reasons why you might be stuck in the poverty mentality. Getting to the root of the issue will get you out of the rut that you are in and help you obtain a better quality of life.
There is also a huge spiritual aspect to getting stuck in the poverty rut as well. We can help you find a good Church to assist you in your spiritual journey, or help you if your searching for the one that meets the biggest need.
How Can We Help You?
Needs Met is all about meeting the needs of people. God meets needs, but he uses you and me to do this work. Needs Met is a registered 501 (c) (3) (tax exempt) organization, Federal ID #46-1945431. Any contribution that you make to Needs Met is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.