The Community Foundation created the Friends & Neighbors Support Fund (FANS) as a way for concerned citizens in Washington County to respond to emergency situations affecting their neighbors. Organizations within the community, such as the Community Action Council, CASA, REACH and the Interfaith Service Coalition, forward recommendations to the Foundation when a situation arises that fits the criteria of a unique, one-time, non-chronic scenario. We try to make sure a long-term solution is put into place through other community organizations before asking donors to invest in an unsolvable problem. Then, we e-mail interested donors to share the specifics without divulging any personal or identifying information. Donors can decide at that time whether or not to make a tax-deductible contribution to help resolve the need. FANS’ members have made gifts ranging from $10 to $1,000. We disburse FANS funds to a responsible nonprofit organization to help them close the gap and, hopefully, resolve the situation.
In the past year, FANS has assisted with funds for temporary heating devices for families awaiting energy assistance approval, and testing and evaluation for hearing devices for an indigent nursing home patient.
Joining the FANS Network is a unique way to give back to your community and know that your contribution has an immediate impact in helping an individual or family in need, right here in Washington County. To join the FANS Network, send your e-mail address with the word FANS in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (301) 745-5210.