We’re Coming Back… Soon

After a long hiatus, Need by Need is coming back.

Need by Need was founded on the idea that a nonprofit could help people AND have a large impact, all without having the large budget/overhead associated with a lot of other organizations.

We could be nimble, cost effective and ensure that 100% of donations made to help fulfill a need actually go toward that need.

We’ve paused operations for the past couple years but are starting up again.

Check back for updates and a future need soon!

HUG an IronBeliever

Do you remember the earthquake that hit Haiti over 4 years ago?

Many have chipped in to help since then but the sad truth is that Haiti is still a nation in need.

That’s why organizations like Haiti Under God (HUG), a non-profit organization based in SC that coordinates and supports ministries for poor, hungry and orphaned Haitian girls, are so crucial.

And this is where Paige Tyler comes in.

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Paige Tyler serves with Haiti Under God. She is a local full-time realtor with Coldwell Banker-midtown office and worships at Downtown Church. Paige has traveled to Haiti several times and knows the girls HUG works with.

“We purposefully use the acronym HUG because we believe the girls should grow up in an environment of unconditional love, receive plenty on guidance, an education, affirmation and hugs.”

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Paige is training to complete an IRONMAN, a long-distance triathlon consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. She’ll swim, bike and run in the name of her girls and will raise $15,000 along the way to support them. Her campaign, HUG an IronBeliever, will run through September 28 when she takes on IRONMAN Chattanooga.

You can help by contributing any amount and all donations are tax deductible.

To donate and find more information, click here:

#SouthSudan’s Independence Day

Have you noticed people talking about #SouthSudan but don’t know why?

Today marks three years since South Sudan joyfully gained their independence.

However, the nation is now one in crisis.

There are many organizations working to help the people of South Sudan as they face violence, famine and disease.

But these international groups can’t do their work without your support.

Please, find out how you can help the following groups combat this crisis in South Sudan:

You can also keep track of the discussion online by following #SouthSudan on Twitter here.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Prevention and Redemption

By Toni Lawrimore

For the past two years of my life I’ve been given the privilege of working with survivors of sexual violence and working to prevent these crimes as a rape crisis advocate. While doing this, I not only had my eyes opened to the scope of the issue of sexual violence, but to ways that every person can step up and fight this pervasive, painful issue. In order to be able to fight it and prevent this heinous crime, we need to be able to first engage in an honest conversation about what it looks like and what we can do in the face some of the most widespread and unreported wrongdoing in the world.

How often does this happen?

One out of every six women has experienced a completed or attempted rape in their lifetime in the United States. One out of four women by the time they graduate college have experienced rape or attempted rape (RAINN, 2013). On a global scale, one fifth of the women of the world have experienced rape or attempted rape at this very moment (United Nations Resources for Speakers, 2014). These numbers are unfortunately underestimates. Only around 60% of all rapes are reported to police, meaning that these numbers, while already staggering and heartbreaking, do not even cover the vast scope of how many people have experienced sexual violence in their lifetimes.

So what do we do in the face of this epidemic?

Talk about it

Don’t be afraid to engage in conversation with people about this issue. Rape is happening to people every day. Therefore, it is an issue that needs to be addressed in an open dialogue with compassion and weight. Sexual violence is an issue that is painful and leaves scars, we will not be able to step in and fight this crime if we can’t even talk about it without flinching.

The fear of a name increases fear of a thing itself.
-Albus Dumbledore

Let’s not give the evil of this world any more power than it already thinks it has. By engaging in an open dialogue about painful, hard issues, we can raise awareness and make ourselves safe places for others who have experienced rape to get help.

Be a safe place.

In my work as a victim’s advocate I heard this heartbreaking phrase all too often: “I didn’t think anyone would believe me” or “I was scared of what ____ would think if I told them this happened.” Sexual violence is traumatic, frightening, and can be alienating. We need more people in the world who are “safe people.” We can become safe people by not shying away from hard topics or painful confessions. By not shying away from the heartache of the world, we can begin to shift social norms and restructure how people see us and the world around them. I know that it sounds hokey, but this is how revolutions happen. All it takes is a small group of devoted people to begin restructuring our language and how we view social issues. My hope is that eventually, survivors of sexual assault will feel safe in all arenas of their lives. While that is a dream at this point, we can start to make it happen by being compassionate and inviting toward the people in our lives.

Be an accountable bystander

Being an accountable bystander means essentially that if we see something “sketchy” going on, we say something. We take care of one another and treat other people as human beings with worth and dignity. If we keep our eyes open to potentially dangerous situations, we can step in before something happens. Furthermore, as people feel empowered to become accountable bystanders, it seems like this activity is contagious. Positive, accountable behavior in turn empowers others to make positive changes, as well.

Pray

While things on this earth can be dark and painful, we know that there is a God who cares for His people and hears our cries. Jesus came to redeem sinners like me; He came to make the hurts of this world right. So please, pray that sexual violence would end. Our God is able.

Thank you for being willing to engage in this discussion with me. Sexual violence is not comfortable, nor is it a fun or light topic. However, it is vital that we raise awareness and fight this issue.

For more information, you can check out the sources I sited or a few of these extra websites below or email me at toni.lawrimore@gmail.com

Resources:

Rape, Incest, and Abuse National Network: http://www.rainn.org

United Nations Resources for Speakers on Global Issues: http://www.un.org/en/globalissues/briefingpapers/endviol/

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center: http://www.nsvrc.org

Hotlines:

The National Hotline:

1-800-656-HOPE

Local South Carolina Hotlines:

803-771-RAPE (7273) (Richland/Lexington)
1-800-491-RAPE (7273) (Newberry/Sumter)

​University of South Carolina Hotline:

Call 803-777-8248 between the hours of 8-5 Monday-Friday.
On the weekends, dial 803-777-4215 and ask for an SAVIP (Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention) advocate ​

These kids have never been this excited to go to bed.

I try to say ‘thank you’ a lot. It’s one of those little things that does good for both the person who says it and the person that receives it.

And I have a lot to be thankful for.

A couples weeks ago, I said thank you to you for helping us purchase 10 new mattresses for the kids at Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter.

That means 10 abused or neglected children and unaccompanied teens are sleeping on a new mattress, some of whom had never had their own to sleep on before coming to Palmetto Place.

Today, I wanted to give the executive director of Palmetto Place the chance to say how much everyone appreciated your help.

Thank you again. Your generosity helped give these kids joy and the gift of a good night’s sleep.

You did good. You did real good.

Thank you,

Jonathan Williams
President
Need by Need

See how stoked this kid is because of you?

You did it, you really did it.

Remember that one time Palmetto Place Children's Shelter needed 10 mattresses? Well they don't anymore!

YOUR generosity helped purchase all 10 of these for them. Thank you!!

When the mattresses arrived, the kids were like:

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They were so stoked that we didn't even have to ask twice for help to throw out the old ones and bring in the new.

Click here or on the image above to see more pictures from the mattress delivery day.

Want to know more about how your actions (from a simple "Like" on Facebook to contributing) directly helped an abused, neglected, or unaccompanied minor? Read Palmetto Place Executive Director Erin Galloway's post-delivery review here.

Once again, THANK YOU! Be on the lookout in the near future for another email with video of the mattress deliver and Erin giving her take on that day's events.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Williams
President
Need by Need

P.S. One more thing: Do you shop at Amazon.com? I know you do (I do too). If you have any purchases to make, please consider doing it through the link here. Every purchase made through that means Amazon will donate a portion of the proceed to Need by Need to help our mission. Thanks!

We Purchased 10 New Mattresses for Palmetto Place!

Through many generous donations from individuals and a donation from the Altria Group, we have reach our goal and were able to purchase 10 new mattresses for the kids at Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter!

Thank you all for your help!

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Stay tuned for some pictures and video from us delivering these mattresses to the kids.

What Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter Is All About

Still want more information about Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter?

Watch this video to get a first hand account from the Executive Director of the shelter and Sarah Middleton, a graduate of Palmetto Place.

We’re getting close to our goal of $2,246.89. Click here to donate and help us give the kids at Palmetto Place 10 new mattresses to sleep on!

Why I did it

By now, you may have heard about Need By Need (and if you’re on this site, then you definitely have), but you may be asking yourself why I decided to start it.

Well, it basically came down to money.

I hate wasting it. And I hate seeing nonprofit organizations wasting it as well, especially when I have no idea how my particular donation is even used.

Many of these large, international organizations you see have surprisingly low percentages of money actually going to help the people they serve.

Don’t hear me wrong, even those percentages do a heck of a lot of good in people’s lives.

However, I wanted to create an organization that was so bare-bones, pretty much everything we collect can go to help other small nonprofits in their missions AND our donors knew exactly what they were donating toward.

And that is exactly how Need By Need operates.

If you donate $10 to Need By Need to help buy an item for an organization (like purchasing 10 mattresses for Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter), 100% of that will go toward that purchase.

We do have some small overhead costs (including things like donation fees, yearly registration fees, etc.), but we have partners who donate money specifically to cover those.

We’re starting small, but I hope that we can grow, particularly with your help.

If you haven’t checked out what we’re doing for Palmetto Place, please click here to take 2 minutes to watch a short video about it.

If you can, please consider chipping in $5, $10, or $15 to go toward purchasing these 10 mattresses. It would mean a lot to everyone at Palmetto Place (especially the kids!).

Thank you in advance for your support and please, contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Williams
President
Need By Need

P.S. If you haven’t yet, please LIKE us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with everything that is going on! Thank you again!

Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter Needs Mattresses

When a child comes to Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter, it’s not because everything is going right.

Palmetto Place provides a safe environment for abused or neglected children and unaccompanied minors to continue their childhood.

Some of the kids that arrive here come from situations where they haven’t even had a bed to sleep in. Therefore, the staff at Palmetto Place want to give these kids, ranging from toddlers to teenagers, a welcoming home where they can sleep peacefully.

Right now, they are in need of 10 new mattresses to serve the children that are in their care.

Will you chip in to help us purchase these?

We need $2,246.89 to purchase these 10 new mattresses for Palmetto Place.

Watch the above video and please click here to donate now!