Currently in their third year of community service, the local non-profit organization U Just Ask is continuing their mission to lend a helping hand to the area’s less fortunate. As many individuals and families are finding themselves in need of assistance for the first time, U Just Ask is increasing their commitment to those with immediate needs. Over the holiday season U Just Ask with be hosting several events to serve the underprivileged youth and their families.
The ASK in the organization’s name stands for Actively Supporting with Kindness and promotes a ‘pay it forward’ process of helping individuals in the community so they will in return help others. Through the use of social media, residents in the community simply tell the organization what they are in need of and U Just ASK sends out the request through their community networks. It has become an online community that advances the collective generosity and charity in the town of Milford and surrounding areas.
“We have a great group of volunteers that runs this organization but more importantly a remarkable community that has always donated the resources we need.” commented Lisa Mallard, organizer of U Just Ask.
Over the past three years, the organization has also built a strong partnership with the Milford School Distinct. This collaboration has allowed school officials to connect families in need with a focus on discretion.
“Many times it is very difficult for people to ask for help and that is where the school district plays a large role,” commented Lisa. “The school nurses and teachers are aware of the needs of their students and their families and we work together to meet those needs.”
Last year during their November Coat Giveaway the group gave away over 200 coats, hats, gloves and mittens to area families and this year’s event was expected to serve even more. The event which took place behind Delmarva Rubber & Gasket Co. Inc. also fed the families who attended through donations made by Troops Barbecue.
For Thanksgiving this year, U Just ASK distributed over 75 food baskets and turkeys to local families in need of food assistance from the Calvary United Methodist church in Milford. Their next project will be a Christmas Adopt-A-Child project where members of the community can donate gifts to be presented to a local child for Christmas. Individuals involved will receive a list of the child’s needs which they will then buy and give to U Just Ask for distribution. The program will begin on December 9 and gifts will be distributed on December 18 and 19. Last year the organization was able to help 275 children in the local area.
“A lot of people in this community do not realize just how many people are in need or even homeless in Milford,” commented Lisa. “We had so many great volunteers help out last year and we are expecting the same.”
U Just Ask donations can be dropped off at local businesses including Delmarva Rubber and Gasket, Response Computer Group, Bill Rust Plumbing, Mark Schanne State Farm Insurance, Gooden’s Floral Shop, Downes Insurance Associates, Mid State Insurance, AmericInn of Harrington and AmericInn of Milford. For more information on U Just Ask and how to get involved with their holiday programs check them out on Facebook, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them online at www.ujustask.org.