Help Me Help You CEO Jerome Washington receives national Jefferson Award

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jefferson awards from kabcJerome Washington, CEO and Founder of the local nonprofit Help Me Help You was honored on March 31, at KABC’s national Jefferson Award Celebration.

The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national and local recognition system honoring community and public service in America.

On a local level, from hundreds of applicants, KABC7 selects one individual to honor each month—Washington was nominated in December 2009. Each year, one of the nominees is chosen to attend the national event in Washington DC.

At the national celebration, honorees receive a Jefferson Award medal and a $1,000 donation to the charity of their choice. Jefferson awardees were also profiled on an Eyewitness News segment.

Mr. Washington was nominated because of his dedication to providing food for those in need in the community through his food pantry program.

“Food is provided, for free, to those in need,” says Washington. “Services are intended for homeless and low income families and individuals. But with the current economic climate, food is provided to all who are in need. It’s understood that due to layoffs or other crisis, middle class families may need our assistance just as regular clients do. In addition to those unemployed, or under-employed, groceries are provided to widows, single mothers and fathers, parenting grandparents, college students, seniors, veterans, foster youth and others.”

While some food items received are free, it is also necessary for the nonprofit to purchase other essential items to round out the program. Other expenses include insurance, maintenance, supplies, and transportation costs. At this time, the organization finds themselves in need of reliable transportation for delivery and transport of food and other donated items.

Find more information on the nonprofit by visiting the Help Me Help You website at www.helpmehelpu.org.

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