Author: Jacqueline

No Food. No Clean Water. No Indoor Plumbing. No Housing. It's not just in third world countries, it's right here in the United States. The Appalachia region is the poorest region of the country, with poverty rates 150% over the average rate in some areas, and childhood poverty rates is as high as 56%. Almost 17% of homes are classified as "substandard"--having more people than rooms and no indoor plumbing.

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Food. Water. Clothing. Shelter.

[/blockquote] Meeting basic needs--that's how we can begin giving people in Appalachia hope so that they can move forward and change their lives. And, guess what? It's not as difficult as you think! Just $26 can provide:

Have you ever helped someone or donated something and prefaced it with, "I really wish I could give/help more, but..."? I have. I know most of us probably have because the truth is we really would like to give (or help) more. However, most of us in life have constraints--time, money ... whatever.

It always touches us when companies and organizations in Appalachia step up to help their own community. They, more than any, know the needs of the community. So, we were thrilled when Southern Ohio Medical Center came forward and said they wanted to help us cover some of the costs for our 2,000 filled backpacks for Adams County, Ohio, children in need.

As the executive director of The Monkey Do Project, part of my job is to make connections and create relationships with groups, companies and corporate partners that can support our cause.  Unfortunately, more and more, I am hearing a variation on this from U.S. companies:
"We don't have the budget for your project because our charity funds are allocated to helping [insert name of a country other than the U.S.]."