On Tuesday, March 5 the non-profit organization U Just ASK collected thousands of clothing items and held a Coat and Clothing Giveaway at Banneker Elementary School that was open to the public. Held in the cafeteria at the elementary school, many appreciative families were able to “shop for free” for warm coats and clothing, including suits and dress clothes, baby items and shoes for all ages.
Three years into their mission of helping local community members in immediate need, U Just ASK is growing as an organization that reaches out to locals from locals. The group is targeting individuals and families in the Greater Milford Area that need assistance but may not be recognized by other agencies as being in need.
“When we started this we knew there were a lot of people that are working class poor in this area, that do not meet the requirements for State assistance but still need help,” stated Kris Phillips, a founder of the U Just ASK non-profit organization. “We find a lot of those coming to us are hard working and willing to give back to the program when they can.”
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.
“This community is amazing when it comes to giving and the Milford School District has been fabulous, letting us use the schools as connection points to the community,” commented Phillips. “They are really focused on trying to help students and their families in our community.”
Publicizing its mission in its name, The ASK in the U Just ASK 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 want these families to see that this organization is all about people helping people,” commented Phillips. “So many individuals that we see picking up donations have returned in later months with donations of their own. The process of pay it forward is what makes this organization work.”
The organization continues to collect clothing throughout the year and connect those in need to resources available in the local community. 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 programs check them out on Facebook, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them online at www.ujustask.org.