Pike County group seeks funds to help unmet needs

Posted: Oct. 4, 2019 4:40 pm

To The Herald-Whig:

Pike County Unmet Needs needs your help!

Pike County Unmet Needs (PCUN) is a nonprofit 501c3 organization comprised of representatives from county churches and local social service agencies. All members donate their time and 100% of the funds received go directly into the program to assist those less fortunate. PCUN has been able to help many families over these past few years because of the generosity of many people and groups, and all revenues received are gained through grants and donations. Despite the generosity, funding is always a concern.

PCUN meets twice a month to review cases collected by intake agents, and decisions are made based on merit and available funding to help those who fall through the cracks of other social service agencies. For the most recent year we provided $41,558.81 in assistance to 239 adults and 173 children. Some of the various needs we have assisted include, but are not limited to, transportation, heating fuel, electricity, water/sewer, medical/dental, housing assistance, food,and other personal necessities. In the recently concluded year, the three largest areas Pike County Unmet Needs assisted were in housing assistance ($14,344.06), utilities ($15,980.92), and auto related ($5,717.10).

PCUN has done a lot, but unfortunately the need is still growing in Pike County due to the increasing number of cases we are seeing. The number of people falling through the cracks in the system is also growing, as the poverty rate increases, and funding for government programs is being cut or delayed. The increased prices of gas, heating fuel, food, medical/dental needs, utilities, housing and personal necessities continues to cause tremendous strain on people who are already barely surviving. High unemployment and lack of quality jobs in the area continues to be a problem.

I speak for everyone in PCUN in saying that we greatly appreciate the assistance that has been given to the Pike County Unmet Needs organization in the past, and we look forward to assisting residents of Pike County who are in need. For more information about Pike County Unmet Needs or to find out how you can contribute please call 217-285-4129, email helen@fccpittsfield.org, or mail to 225 N. Memorial St., Pittsfield IL 62363.

For the 2018-2019 fiscal year Pike County Unmet Needs officers are Chris Bruns, chairman; Andria Gates, vice chairman; Helen Earls, treasurer; Leslie Henry, secretary; and Carla Allen, caseworker.

Chris Bruns

Pittsfield, Ill.