Give Back Agreement
Did you know Grace Klein Community has a Give Back Agreement Program? While we do not have a fund where money can be set aside ahead of time for emergency financial needs, we do allow our volunteers (and their friends, family members, small groups, etc.) to organize funds to help with a specific need they become aware of. If you know someone on our food recipient list that needs emergency financial help, please use this program instead of giving them money directly. Our goals for this program are as follows:
- To prevent people from coming to you or Grace Klein Community for “handouts”. We want Grace Klein Community to be about relationships and a true sense of community, where people can come to depend on one another. It has never been primarily about meeting material needs – that is just an avenue to develop friendships with people that have few true friends. There are plenty of organizations that help with financial or material assistance with no strings attached. That is not what we are about.
- To show people the value of accountability, work ethic and sharing what they have to give. True community is a give-and-take situation. We all share what we have so that no one is in need. This means everyone does their part. Read Acts 2 about the early church – it is a picture of this concept.
- Everyone has something to give. EVERYONE has value and can help someone else with what they have. We all have gifts and talents given to us by God to be used in His service, for His glory. We all have time to share with someone who is alone or feels abandoned. We may think we don’t have time, but we can all make time for what is truly important to us. And, the vast majority of us have stuff around our house that we don’t need anymore – outgrown clothing, broken appliances, old magazines or books, used milk jugs or juice bottles, even melted down candles. All of that may sound like useless stuff, but we have seen every bit of that used in some way.
So, here’s how it works…
- If someone needs emergency financial assistance, first ask them to pray with you about getting the funds. There is no guarantee that the money will be provided. That is up to God.
- Ask friends, family, small groups, co-workers to donate towards this cause. When people have a person in mind and know something about a situation, they are more likely to give. Donors should make their donations to “Grace Klein Community”. These donations will be tax deductible.
- If the money is provided, the recipient of the benefit along with an accountability partner must fill out a Give Back Agreement Form. Talk with the recipient about ideas for how they might give back in exchange for this financial help. Encourage them to pray about it.
- Grace Klein will make payment directly to the vendor (Ex. power company, water company, etc.), not to the recipient.
- Help the recipient keep up with the give back hours or donations that need to be credited. Each service hour is worth $10 of giveback credit. Tangible items donated give a credit of fair market value (market value is determined by Grace Klein Community staff).
Many emergency financial situations can carry enormous frustration and discouragement for both the recipient and for the person trying to help them. Remember to continue to love in spite of your frustration. Many people feel trapped in a place of poverty and don’t see any hope of getting out. The threat of the power or water being turned off may not be familiar to you, but it is very familiar to many in low income areas. They need a hand up, no more hand outs. Hand outs only become more frequent and less meaningful. Consider spending time with them talking about budgeting or simple financial planning, such as saving a little bit each month to be ready for any future emergencies. When things get messy, it can be our best opportunity to be Christ to someone. Ask God and He will give you clarity and wisdom in the situation.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:8-10