Bridging the gap for families in immediate financial crisis in York County, Maine since 2006.
In 2006, the York County Family Fund was created in collaboration with the First Parish Church of York, Maine. The Fund has helped dozens of individuals and families through times of crisis. It is designed to aid hard-working people who are accustomed to providing for themselves. They are usually unfamiliar with formal aid program support but have found themselves in desperate need with nowhere else to turn. We work through established York County clergy and rely on their discreet discernment of need. There is no requirement to be affiliated with a church to receive aid.
“None of us gets through this life alone, and we all need to be there for each other.”
— Rev. Dan Hollis, First Parish Congregational United Church of Christ
The crises to which we respond vary greatly but most often the York County Family Fund grants $1,000 dollars or less to the beneficiary. The Fund’s aim is to catch people before they fall into intensified and/or chronic need and dependency. The York County Famliy Fund alleviates the cash needs that arise due to sudden job loss, home repair emergencies and automobile repairs. The Fund also prevents possible financial collapse which can follow illness or death in the family. Many people live from paycheck to paycheck and an unforeseen expense can put them over the edge. We help those in dire need find their balance again. We consider this a hand up versus a hand out.
To bridge the financial gap for the those with one-time, urgent and unforeseen need so they can return to productive and self-sustaining lives in our community.
THE STARFISH STORY
A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement. She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this?”