After the hurricane Eastern North Carolina started building back the pieces of our community. We, along with the world, moved right into an unforeseen pandemic. Events like these will always let us know that we are indeed our brothers keepers. Greene Lamp has ensured that your donation has assisted with food, clothing, rent and utilities for underserved families, immigrant families and families who just found themselves down on their luck. We have kept families cool during blistering heatwaves and warm in frigid cold temperatures along with ensuring their basic needs are met. We could not have done this without your contribution. We are still assisting with rebuilding lives in ENC and ensuring that the community knows that we will always be stronger together. Thank you for your continued support.
As we are optimistic about the decrease numbers of the corona virus, we have families who are still being affected due to the pandemic. I would like to share a story of a single mother of (2) two who needed assistance. She worked as a house help and was able to provide for her family. However, two years later, she is still finding it hard to care for her family's basic needs. Due to the pandemic, she is no longer a house help and does not get enough houses to clean to make ends meet. She told us that people are still skeptical about having others in their homes. This mother was down on her luck, and has been for quite sometime. Her utilities were about to be disconnected and she was two months behond on her rent. With your donoation, we were able to assist this mother with her rent and utilities that were in arrears, we were able to partner with the foodbank to provide produce and took the family to the grocery store to gather protien options and snacks for the children. Greene Lamp with the help of GlobalGiving donors, were able to ensure that this family was able to stay in their home and assisted with their basic needs. Greene Lamp has paired this mother with a case manager to assist with job hunting, interview skills and the possibility of gaining new soft skills for a the job market. We are always here to assist and give a hand up. This mother of two is currently taking courses to be more marketable for jobs that are currently in need of emplyees. We are still helping families in our communities and now we look ahead and ask, "what does progress looks like after the pandemic?" This mother is the epitome of Pandemic to Progress.
Greene Lamp has made it our duties to assist families that are still needing help from Hurricand Florence. Then the Pandemic hit and families who were already suffering started to feel the constraints of not being able to provide for their families. We ensured that we focused on the "forgotten" groups, like non-documented individuals. This demographic were afraid of seeking help in fear of ICE coming in and breaking up their families. I am Glad to report that we were able to assist schools that were underfunded and provided chromebooks for students who were unable to acquire technology for their education..
In one of the pictures below you will see the G. family. The father was laid off due to covid and the mother's shift were cut due to COVID. We were able to assist with their utilities, rent, chromebook and wifi for pre-school and school age children in the family. They were able to come to the food drives that we did bi-monthly and we assisted them by giving them more resources that were available to them from our community partners. The children were able to attend school and complete their assigned tasks, the parents stated that by helping them we were able to relieve them of the stresses they had about providing for their family.
You will Also find a picture with one of our Foster Grandparent, who is on a fixed budget, and was unable to acquire food for herself due to a high utility bill. With the donation, we were able to provide her with food for the month, ensuring that what was selected were high in nutrients and stuck to the main food groups. Thankfully, she did not have to go without food.
Greene Lamp is thankful for our partnership with GlobalGiving and our donors, because without them we would not be able to service so many families similar to the G. family. Thank you
Greene Lamp Community Action continues to assist individuals and families who have been negatively impacted by Covid 19 by providing relief with rental, utility, and food needs. Families, with school-aged children, expressed the need for technology items such as tablets, and wi-fi subscriptions. Greene Lamp has provided 7" tablets to some low-income families and linked the families with other educational resources. As well, the Agency has provided food distributions by-monthly including protein items and fresh produce. The rural areas served by Greene Lamp contain food deserts whereby low-income families lack daily nutritional needs. This food distribution has been immensely important for the young children served. Historical data indicates that many low-income children do not receive food with proper nutrition outside of the meals provided during school hours. Therefore, the GlobalGiving funds were critical to ensuring said children were able to receive nutritious food items for a balanced diet. Prior to and following the ending of the NC HOPE program, Greene Lamp assisted families with rent and utility payments which allowed individuals and families to remain in their homes and keep the utilities turned on.
Even with the wake of Hurricane Florence two years in our past, families are still being negatively impacted. Families are living in homes with moldy walls, ceilings, and floors. Greene Lamp continues to provide assistance to those families still in need. While these families were still recovering from the hurricanes, Covid 19 hit the US and once again these families were impacted again along with thousands of other families. Greene Lamp immediately began assisting families whose lives were thrown off balance by the pandemic. In April 2020, the Agency began purchasing food and having bi-monthly food distributions in low income neighborhoods in Eastern North Carolina. As the pandemic continued to devastate families, Greene Lamp began providing even further assistance by assisting with rent and utility payments, groceries, medicines, PPE's, and household supplies. The GlobalGiving funds provided an avenue thru which Greene Lamp could assist these families.
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