The families on SmallCanBeBig.org are members of our communities who find themselves in a difficult position. Due to foreclosures, medical costs, unexpected illness or domestic violence, a single bill or expense is all that stands between them and homelessness. More importantly, though, it’s the same urgent payment that can help get them off of the edge and back on their feet.
For many of the families on the site, every penny is accounted for – it takes only an unexpected visit to the emergency room, a missed rent or utility payment or a layoff to put them at risk of losing their home or apartment. The families on SmallCanBeBig.org have no other safety net. In some cases, they aren’t eligible for government assistance, and in others, the normal emergency response models simply don’t have the resources to help.
Our experienced caseworkers at local charities screen families carefully to identify the ones that can truly benefit from a one-time charitable gift. As soon as a family’s need has been met, their story is removed from the site, and another family in need takes their place. The same families do not appear on the site more than once.
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