Frequently Asked Questions about Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine
Why are we continuing this effort?
We know the economic downturn continues to destabilize a growing number of our neighbors throughout the region: unemployment is on the rise, people are losing their homes through foreclosure, and families face significant uncertainty about their financial future. The need for basic services – housing and food – is growing, as more and more people find themselves in difficult financial situations. As we work together as a community, as a state, and as a nation to develop long-term solutions to this crisis, United Way of Greater New Haven and The Jewish Federation wanted to make sure that our neighbors stay housed and fed during the cold winter months ahead.
Why are United Way of Greater New Haven and The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven undertaking this effort together?
In 2012, we will collaborate on Neighbor-to-Neighbor LifeLine because of our shared values and because we feel strongly that our work together has helped and will continue to help more individuals and families in crisis. Both organizations provide leadership around social services and community needs. We are both committed to helping others, particularly those who are less fortunate. Both organizations have a shared desire to promote the common good and to make this community a better place for all of us. In addition, both organizations are strong fundraisers; and together we can be more successful in raising funds to meet urgent needs in our region.
Who will benefit from the money raised?
The funds will benefit individuals and families through agencies that can provide immediate emergency assistance with housing, food, and relief funds.
How will the money be distributed?
Funds will be distributed through a competitive application process open to non-profits, faith organizations, and municipalities that meet the eligibility criteria. A volunteer committee comprised of community members with expertise about the needs in our region will review grant applications and make decisions about how to distribute the funds. Funds will be distributed as dollars are raised so that agencies can use these additional resources to help more people this winter. Both United Way and The Jewish Federation will have representation on the committee.
Are we going to be giving money directly to people?
Funds will be distributed to programs and agencies, which in turn will provide direct services in the areas of housing, food and relief funds to individuals and families. Cash payments will not be provided to individuals. Successful applicants for N2N LifeLine grants will clearly demonstrate how the requested funding will help organizations serve more people in crisis, or provide more enhanced or additional services to people already being served.
Does an organization need to be a Member Agency to apply?
No. In the past, United Way of Greater New Haven’s grants were available only to its selected Member Agencies. United Way now works in partnership with local non-profit organizations to improve lives and change community conditions in the areas of education, income, and health through initiatives as well as competitive and open investment opportunities. To learn more about the application process, please review the website.