Welcome to My Neighbor in Need,
Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin Area
"We provide a nurturing, dignified way to connect individuals who have a specific need with those who wish to fulfill that need."
Here at saukprairie.myneighborinneed.org we believe that every single person at one time in their life has had a need. For some, that time is right now!
It’s not what you do but the difference you make. Caring is the first step in helping your neighbor in need. Together we can build a stronger community of support, and reap blessings we neither expected nor imagined along the way.
Finally, we believe that each of us can provide help because help comes in many different forms. The first step in helping your neighbor in need is to simply care.
Who We Are
My Neighbor in Need is simply an organization of caring individuals and volunteers who wish to try and help their Neighbors in Need.
How It Works
This website is designed to verify what the needs of our neighbors are and to provide a simple, turn- key opportunity for people who want to help their neighbors but don’t always know how to. It is the members of the community itself that decide if they wish to fulfill a need. We simply post the approved need request with hopes that someone offers assistance. We hope that all requests posted on the website get fulfilled, however sometimes a need request will go unanswered.
saukprairie.myneighborinneed.org does not receive any funding from government agencies or other financial programs such as United Way. Our operational start up costs have been provided by a generous sponsorship from St. Vincent de Paul of Prairie du Sac. We ask for donations and support from the community to help fulfill Emergency Need Requests. Please be aware that because we have very limited financial resources these resources are only available for Emergency Need consideration. We try our best but please know there is no guarantee of fulfillment.
Things to consider before completing the Need Request form.
Here at saukprairie.myneighborinneed.org we understand how stressful it is when you are in need. We also understand that when you are facing a situation that seems daunting, a “want” may seem to be a “need”. However, needs are different than wants. During our verification process our volunteers will ask you many questions about your situation. This is important because as stewards of the community’s willingness to help, we have to verify that your request is a “need” and not a “want” before considering posting your request on the website. Some of these questions will be about your financial situation, employment status, your ability to do it yourself, your history of receiving help from other organizations, etc.
Please know that no one is here to judge you or your situation, but we must verify the merit of your need. In some cases we will make suggestions on who you should contact first. If you tell us that you have been to other organizations and they turned down your request, we will ask you why and then we will contact them to confirm your answer. Again, it is not that we do not believe you, but we must verify all of the facts before considering posting your need request. Our motto is simple: “If we cannot prove it, we do not post it.”
Approved Need Request Categories
We wish we had the capacity to try and help everyone. We also wish we could post every need request. However, that is just not possible. Therefore to better serve the community we have structured a list of Approved Need Request Categories. These include: Food, Clothing, Furniture, House-Hold items, transportation (bus pass), Plumbing, Electrical, Crucial Car Repairs including tire issues, appliance repairs, limited roofing repairs and limited medical equipment. We will also consider other need requests on a case by case basis.
However, we are unable to post a need request for the following categories: Computers, toys, painting, General Construction, General repairs for non-crucial items, cable bills, cell phone bill or electric and gas bills, collections, rent or Mortgage payments, medical issues along with any prescription.
Do you or someone you know have a need?
Sometimes asking for help is the hardest thing to do. Please do not let your pride stop you from asking for help. The fact is you might be surprised how many of your neighbors want to help. However, if you do not ask for help, no one will know that you need help.
Here's how you get started... Simply fill out the Request a Need form and one of our staff will review your request. The request will be posted to the website in hopes that members of our local community can personally help their neighbors in need.
What if I have more than one need?
We understand that sometimes our neighbors are facing a crisis and may have multiple needs. You are welcome to submit multiple needs request, however, you can only have one request fulfilled at a time. In order to have a second, third or fourth need posted on the website, we ask that you fulfill the need of someone else that appears on the Current Needs list. Once you have fulfilled a need from the list, we will then post another of your need requests.
Who can request a need?
Currently we serve Sauk Prairie and surrounding communities. Any person in these areas can request a need for themselves or a relative or friend living in: Dane, Denzer, Lodi, Mazomanie, Merrimac, Plain, Prairie du Sac, Roxbury, Sauk City and Witwen.
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