Give from the Heart...Wisely

November 21, 2008

Several local charities are providing emergency heat, rent, utility, and food assistance this winter. As investments take a hit, layoffs increase, and bonuses are cut, more and more people are turning to local charities to provide basic necessities for their families. In today’s tough economic times, demand for services from local charities has often outpaced contributions.

“There is no doubt local charities need our help during these tough economic times,” said Jocile Ehrlich, BBB President and CEO. “Just make sure you’re supporting an ethical charity that will accept your contribution when you’re ready to give and after you’ve had all your questions answered.”

As you consider what assistance you might provide to these charities, BBB advises donors to make sure they do their research and carefully consider how the charity will spend their contribution.

“Do not fall for high-pressure fundraising techniques simply because you know there’s an urgent need,” says Ehrlich. “Ask the charity for as much information as you need to make a decision and always check with your BBB before you give.”

BBB files indicate that the following BBB Accredited Charities may be providing emergency heat, rent, utility, and food assistance. These charities meet your BBB’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Adams & Brown Counties Economic Opportunities, Inc.

American Red Cross, Cincinnati Area Chapter*

Brighton Center, Inc.

Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio*

Catholics United for the Poor*

Cincinnati- Hamilton County Community Action Agency

FreestoreFoodbank, Inc.*

Matthew 25: Ministries, Inc.*

Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission*

Santa Maria Community Services*

Seniors Services of Northern Kentucky

Shared Harvest Foodbank, Inc.*

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, District Council of Cincinnati*

Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families (SELF)*

United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center

* BBB Accredited Charity Seal Program participants financially support your BBB’s mission and programs and have committed to continue meeting all Standards for Charity Accountability in the future.

Your BBB issues Wise Giving Reports on over 700 local charities and thousands of charities nationwide. You can search by name for any charity you may be consider supporting.

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