Hands of Help, Inc
PO Box 3317
Bay St. Louis, MS 39521

Part IV – Activities

This corporation is organized and operated exclusively for one or more of the following purposes: charitable, educational, scientific and/or religious, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

The specific purpose for which this corporation is organized is to serve and find solutions for the increasing number of individuals and families unable to survive in today’s economic situation. We help with basic needs, such as food and clothing, and assist in obtaining necessary tools to become self-sufficient.

The activities of the organization are:

1. Community outreach
2. Fund raising activities
3. Administrative activities
4. Public relations

1. Community outreach

The purpose of the program is to meet the immediate needs of homeless and needy individuals by providing them with clothes and food. The organization’s volunteers go out to meet individuals living in the streets and offer food and clothes on a monthly basis. We also help with job training and referrals and teach them basic living skills including funds management and budgeting.

The organization’s volunteers bring the love of God to those who need to know that they are accepted and loved to meet the needs of individuals who are struggling to make ends meet. Our goal is to lift up and motivate underprivileged individuals to achieve their full potential.

There are many support programs and soup kitchens in Gulfport, Biloxi and other neighboring cities, but Hancock County was the largest hit after Katrina and has lack of support programs, though some of former residents are still living in tents in the woods.

The ultimate goal of the organization is to provide a day program to give a place for the people to have a place to go during the day, wash clothes, contact address and phone so they can get help and keep in touch for job or family contacts.

Financial support
The organization provides financial support to the needy. The selection is determined by greatest need – individuals who are elderly, disabled or ill receive aid first. We require a weekly report and will hold monthly board meetings to discuss the usage of funds that were distributed within that time.
The selection criteria for eligible applicants are health and living conditions, age, and disabilities. The board of directors will select individuals to receive monetary support from the organization.

Food and clothes distributions
The organization conducts food and clothes distributions of both donated and purchased by Hands of Help items. Each individual will get no more than two selected outfits. We will serve from 15 to 20 individuals per month. We also serve already prepared meals for ten homeless individuals weekly (1-2 meals per individual per day).The organization’s staff and volunteers deliver aid and distribute it among recipients throughout Hancock County and other local areas. We will be using flyers and social networks to announce the support available.

Training program
Needy individuals will apply for the program and fill out an application form (under development). We will also select those individuals who are already participating in our previous programs and who are interested in joining. At this time we are analyzing several different programs to help those in need. One is Money Skill (http://www.moneyskill.org) and the other is Mint.com. We will not offer credit repair but will suggest ways to improve credit by paying down debts and teaching which ones to pay first. All organizations, if referred to at a later time, must provide free services to the underprivileged. Most counseling offered will be individual. Jeana Weiss, using the above mentioned programs will help program participants find ways to reduce expenses and cut out unnecessary items.

Job referrals
The organization will refer the participants of its programs to WIN Job Center which provides free job placement to the needy. The screening and selection process will include the following information requested: work history, health, education, life experiences, and criminal history (if applicable for position).

Case management services
The organization plans to refer its program participants to different organizations to get one-on-one to help reach their potential and become self-sufficient and less dependent on emergency aid. Jeana Weiss will run consultation sessions and some volunteers will be involved to offer more programs at a later date.

Jeana Weiss is in charge of the activity started on January 15th, 2010. The program is promoted to the public through other local non profit organizations, health clinics, newspapers, flyers, national networks, as well as by word of mouth. We will work with other agencies to combine needs and programs when necessary.

The program is free to the participants and is funded through grants and donations from individuals and non-profit organizations.

2. Fund raising activities

The organization is dependent on the voluntary donations and contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. If required, in order to generate adequate funds for the activities of the organization, the leadership may solicit funds from individuals and organizations.

Hands of Help will not participate in any fundraising program where there is direct benefit to the individual who raises the funds. We will adopt no system where individuals receive aid based on the amounts raised specifically for them.

It is the policy of Hands of Help to help all individuals who request aid, even if the individual or family does not take an active part in any of our fundraising activities. The support of an individual will not depend on the fundraising effort of the individual or family. We will make this policy clearly known to all recipients.

3. Administrative activities

Hands of Help will also spend a part of its time and resources on administrative related activities. Such activities will help ensure that the organization works efficiently and is effective in fulfilling its objectives and vision.

4. Public relations

A part of the organization’s time and effort will be spent on public relations. The organization’s objectives in engaging in public relations are to widen its support base and to promote the organization among potential volunteers and general public.