A NOTE FROM OUR FOUNDER
Before anything else, I want to thank those of you from across the nation who took the time to send kind words and well-wishes to all of us at Modest Needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Briefly, I wanted to let you know that early this morning, I visited the office for the second time since the storm. While our office itself sustained no damage of any kind, we still do not have power or Internet access in our office and don't expect it to be restored until Friday at the earliest. At present, even our telephones are offline.
The good news is that we're prepared for contingencies such as these. While we wait for power and Internet access to be restored to our office, we've switched to a 'remote operations' mode, and the Modest Needs team is working from home to process as many applications as we can, as quickly as we can. We've also taken steps to ensure that no one who places an application with us will have that application 'expire' before we have a chance to review it, though persons who fax documentation to us will experience a slight delay in the processing and approval of their paperwork.
In the end, it looks like Modest Needs itself has escaped the wrath of Hurricane Sandy relatively unscathed. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for many of our friends and neighbors up and down the East Coast. And while the Red Cross and other larger agencies are already doing all they can to assist those who lost absolutely everything, at Modest Needs, we're already working to do what we do best: uncover and fill the more 'modest' needs of people affected by this devastating storm – needs that would likely go unfilled without the kind of help we are uniquely qualified to provide - with as little 'red tape' as possible.
On Monday, we will be announcing a special and innovative grant program designed to assist persons who have lost the better part of a week's pay because of the storm (generally because their places of business have been unable to open) and now face critical, short-term financial crises of their own. I think you'll be very excited by this program when we announce it and hope you'll support it as generously as you can.
In the meantime, please consider making a contribution to Modest Needs' emergency fund, which we will use to assist as many persons affected by the storm as we can while we 'ramp up' this special grant program. You can make a contribution to the emergency fund by visiting our homepage and making the contribution of your choice via our 'Quick Donation' form.
We'll be back on Monday with more information the truly innovative program we're launching to meet the more 'modest' needs of those affected by this devastating storm. Until then, wherever you and your families happen to be, stay safe, take care, and be well.