Thursday, November 27th, 2014
Helping Neighbors in Need
The Summit County Cares holiday fundraiser is working to raise $50,000 by December 31 to help locals facing eviction, disconnection of heat or in need of medical care get back on their feet. 100% of the money raised is used to pay rent/mortgage, utility or medical bills. The high cost of living makes Summit County a difficult place to raise a family. Many people have to live paycheck to paycheck and when an emergency arises, they are often unable to afford the basic needs. Last year, 700 people received assistance through the Summit County Cares fund. Of those people, 90% made less than $47,000 a year. According to the Self-Sufficiency Wage report, a family of four living in Summit County needs to make $77,000 to afford food, rent, childcare and insurance. The significant $30,000 plus difference between what people need to make versus what most are earning, explains why an injury or sickness, change in hours or the need to leave an abusive relationship can put people in dire situations.
The Summit County Cares fund is the largest emergency assistance fund in Summit County. This money serves the clients of Family & Intercultural Resource Center, Summit Community Care Clinic, Advocates for Victims of Assault and Social Services when they are facing a crisis. Donations are tax deductible and 100% of your gift will make a difference here in Summit County. Please donate to Summit County Cares fund today.