HOW ARE YOU DISTRIBUTING THIS MONEY?
Relief fund disbursements will always depend on the amount of donations we receive. Each month the relief fund will give a percentage of funding to existing non-profits serving basic needs in Brewster County, and a percentage directly to individuals who can’t meet their needs through any other channels. Our volunteer awards committee will adjust these distribution percentages every month, depending on what the greatest needs are currently in our communities.
After an individual submits an application, relief fund volunteers will follow up with the applicant and evaluate their request using a points-based system. This system will help us make the most of limited funding by prioritizing people in the most dire situations. More on this process is explained in our Applicant FAQ.
After this initial evaluation, our awards committee will make final funding decisions, based on donations we receive, how many individual applications we receive, our non-profit partners’ needs, and the availability of other assistance programs.
To illustrate how funding might be allocated, in April we expect a greater need for direct assistance while many service workers who recently lost jobs wait to get economic stimulus checks and receive unemployment benefits, so a higher percentage will probably be given as direct assistance. At the same time, the Sunshine House wants to start an emergency 5-day food box program for seniors, in case a Meal on Wheels volunteer becomes ill and can’t deliver. So we also hope to help that program get off the ground as soon as possible.
WHAT NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS WILL YOU SUPPORT?
The non-profit organizations we plan to support include: Big Bend Community Action Committee, Food Pantry of Alpine, Family Crisis Center of the Big Bend and its Terlingua Outreach Center, Alpine Humane Society, Sunshine House, and the Salvation Army’s Alpine Service Unit. Please contact us to suggest another 501(c)3 organization.
WHO IS MAKING THESE DECISIONS?
Volunteer teams in each town will follow up with individual applicants and help evaluate their requests. After this initial evaluation, distribution decisions will be made by an all-volunteer awards committee, comprised of trustworthy community leaders from each Brewster County town. If you would like to know specific names of committee members, please contact us.
HOW MUCH OF MY DONATION GOES TO THE RELIEF FUND AND TO ORGANIZATIONAL OVERHEAD?
100% of donations received by Big Bend Citizens Alliance for the relief fund will go directly to people requesting our assistance and partner non-profits. Only credit card transaction fees are subtracted by PayPal and Stripe from donations processed online.
HOW MUCH HAS THE RELIEF FUND RAISED AND DISTRIBUTED SO FAR?
We expect to distribute a first round of funding in late April. We will report on distributions and fundraising milestones on our Updates web page. The graphic below displays a running total of donations made online.