As this year comes to an end, Fuel Relief Fund can be proud of its accomplishments and especially of its donors. We have had the privilege to meet some very generous and very unique people from all around the world. Our donors (you), volunteers and supporters have helped us reach out to help very many people who have been in need of assistance and that is what fuels us!
Here is just a sample of the many organizations who received our support in 2011.
In July of this year, Calvary Chapel in Rancho Cucamonga received $500 in prepaid gas cards. Times are very difficult for so many and Calvary Chapel is working to help those who are in dire need in their fellowship and community.
At the beginning of August, Crisis Intervention Fund received $500 in gas cards to help cover the cost of gasoline for a family. The family has a child with heart problems and have to drive all the way from Bakersfield to Los Angeles for very frequent treatment.
In early October, $1000 in gas cards was donated to The Bakersfield ARC, an organization that provides programs and services for developmentally disabled citizens and their families on a daily basis.
Just recently, in November, Family Services Association of Redlands received $1000 in gas cards to assist destitute families get by through tough times.
All of these organizations and the recipients of our gas cards are ever so thankful and humbled by your act of kindness. On behalf of these people, thank you and we wish you very happy holidays.
Thanks to our donors, Fuel Relief Fund has advanced towards its goal of purchasing and donating 2,500 gallons of fuel. We've recently teamed up with Path of Life Ministries located here in Riverside, California by hand delivering 25 fuel cards to help support their mission. Path of Life provides homeless, health, youth and ministries services to the greater Riverside challenged population. Our primary rationale as to why Path of Life is deserving of our donors funds is attributed to the restoring and rebuilding process that comes along with Path of Life's assistance.
"The lack of affordable and available transportation often make it extremely difficult for struggling local families to make progress in their efforts toward stability and self-sufficiency. Families in this situation with vehicles and low-wage employment often find themselves at risk of losing their employment for lack of fuel funds, which are often consumed by other emergency needs.
Recently, after meeting with Path of Life’s Vice President of Operations – Damien O’Farrell - the Executive Director of Fuel Relief Fund – Kris Salas - pledged a generous donation of $500 in emergency gas cards to Path of Life Ministries for homeless participants in their programs. This gives Path of Life a unique opportunity to further provide emergency assistance for families while helping them move forward in providing for their families and addressing more long term issues that are contributing to their homelessness." --Damien O'Farrell (Path of Life's Vice President of Operations)
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