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Our View: A Helping Hand for all those in need

Posted: August 26, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 26, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

The past few years have been tough for some people and nonprofit organizations that have been chasing a smaller pot of philanthropic dollars in the community.

With proverbial belts tightening just about everywhere you look, those among us in need have been hit especially hard.
But there is help available — with absolutely no strings attached.

SCV Helping Hand is a program administered by The Signal, which has given out nearly $10,000 to worthy recipients — people who have been ill, people who have wanted to further their education and people who have needed to care for their children. Anyone who is in need.

Thanks to a kind, anonymous donor, The Signal has been awarding grants to people or organizations that have been nominated by others in the community.

There is no catch. People just need to be in need and be nominated by someone other than themselves.

Awards have been $500 or $1,000, which is an amount of money that could help someone get back on their feet, or an organization to help enhance its services a little.

It’s likely not going to be life-changing money to many SCV residents out there, but it can definitely be a needed benefit if medical bills are adding up, cupboards are bare or the roof over someone’s head is being taken away.

And donations can also go to deserving organizations that, say, feed the hungry, house the homeless, care for the sick and injured and keep kids off the streets.

These are just a few examples, but there are many personal situations, as well as organizations, in our valley that could benefit from a helping hand. We just need to hear about them before we can reach out.

All submissions must include the following contact information:
* Name of the nominating person

* Address

* Telephone number

* Email address

In addition, when the submission is being made on behalf of another, please include:
* Name of potential recipient

* That person or organization’s address

* Telephone number
Submissions without all proper contact information will be discarded or sent back for completion. If certain contact information does not exist, please say so in the submission.

How to submit:
Submissions can be mailed or dropped off at The Signal, 24000 Creekside Road, Valencia, CA 91355 or emailed to helpinghand@the-signal.com.

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