GREENVILLE - Community Unity’s Have a Heart…Do Your Part campaign is underway, seeking financial supporters for its efforts and encourage those already giving to keep up the good work.
Community Unity has been serving the needy of Darke County for more than 20 years, and is a 503c3 organization. Early on, the program provided food to the needy as well. Now, it is all financial.
The food side of it is being handled by Grace Resurrection Community Center (GRCC) at 433 E. Water St. at the corner of Boston Street.
“We rent an office with GRCC in the basement, but we’re separate from GRCC,” said Jim Morehouse Community Unity board president. “We do work hand-in-hand with a lot of things.”
According to him, Community takes care of utilities, rent, medical (prescription typically) and emergency transportation (for out-of-county appointments, for medical visits and for on job interviews).
“We go exclusively by appointment,” remarked Morehouse. “Folks call in. We ask of the clients to bring in a photo identification, the bill itself and statement of income for the household.”
He said Community Unity is able to help, by giving up to $75 in one area every six months.
“Our funds are limited,” he added. “After about 2 1//3 to 3 years, if they come back consistently, we refer them to a financial counselor, the Rev. Doug Klinsing at Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. He teaches them how to manage money better.”
Community Unity’s supporters, he said, are different organizations, churches, individuals, United Way, the Harry Stephens and the Ketrow and Schaurer grants.
“We rely on their support,” he said. “We get no government funds. We function solely with unpaid volunteers and we strive to keep operating expenses to a minimum so that the majority of our donations go directly to help those in need.”
As president, Morehouse is overseer of the program. Other officers are Terry House, vice president, Mary Folkerth, secretary; and Kris Brown, treasurer. Trustees are Dot Cain, Brian Hiestand, Jim Sauer, Don Kaiser and Pam Pohlman.
“Marilyn Smith, Jim Sauer and Don Kaiser meet the people on Tuesday mornings faithfully,” Morehouse said.
Office hours are Community Unity are 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and noon to 3 p.m. on Thursdays.
“We meet with approximately 10 clients a week,” he said. “We’ve been swamped most of the time, at least recently. Anybody is welcome to come in.”
Whether it be a one-time gift or contributions on a regular basis, Community Unity would love to have anyone consider supporting their efforts.
“Checks may be written to ‘Community Unity’ and sent to P.O. Box 164, Greenville, OH 45331” Morehouse said. “A Community Unity volunteer would be glad to explain more about what we do and answer any questions you might have. We also have a Power Point presentation that we would be more than willing to share in any setting. If there are questions, call 937-547-1557.”
He concluded, “There are people right here in our community who are truly struggling so anything a willing supporter can do to help is truly appreciated. We hope you have a big heart to help those in need.”