TROY — The holiday season will be a little bit brighter for those in Miami County who rely on Needy Basket for food, personal items and emergency assistance.
On Nov. 20, the nonprofit received checks totaling $7,700 from Give Where You Live Miami County to help the Needy Basket continue to provide important support throughout the year. Located at 330 S. 5th St. in Tipp City, Needy Basket serves people in the Bethel, Monroe and Tipp City areas. They offer three different programs, including emergency food, Christmas baskets and support for migrant workers. In 2014, they served 1,789 families and 6,140 individuals. To learn more about Needy Basket, visit www.needybasket.org.
Started in 2015, Give Where You Live’s mission is to enable a group of caring citizens who have the desire to support charitable organizations benefitting Miami County. Their vision is to encourage a culture of philanthropy and generosity by providing an easier process for residents to give back locally. The organization meets for one hour, four times a year. Members may propose specific charities to be considered and a maximum of three will be presented during each meeting. One of the three will be selected to receive the donations collected during the meeting, and every member donates $100 each time. The process works well as Needy Basket was selected to receive the funds in less than 40 minutes. As a bonus, a representative from Partners In Hope (PIH) received some donations from members who liked what they learned about PIH during the presentations.
The initial goal for Give Where You Live is to have 100 members; however, all who are interested in this effort are welcome to join. Membership is open throughout the year. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for Feb. 11, May 12, Aug. 11 and Nov. 10. Meetings will be 7-8 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church, 14 W. Walnut St., Tipp City.
For more information, or to sign up as a member, visit www.givewhereyoulive.wix.com/miamicounty. You may also email questions to email@example.com.