What is Modest Needs?
Modest Needs is a non-profit organization reaching out to hard-working individuals and families who suddenly find themselves faced with small, emergency expenses that they have no way to afford on their own.

Most persons living paycheck to paycheck earn just barely too much to qualify for any type of conventional assistance. This means they can’t receive the help they need to overcome a short-term crisis – until they’ve already lost everything.

Modest Needs exists because we think there’s a better way to do things. As far as we’re concerned, no hard-working person should ever have to choose between taking a child to the doctor and putting food on the table.

How Modest Needs Works
At Modest Needs, compassionate persons whose lives have been touched by kindness pass that kindness on to hard-working individuals and families struggling with the burden of an unexpected emergency expense.

We do this by helping these persons to afford small, emergency expenses like those we’ve all encountered before: the unexpected car repair, the unanticipated visit to the doctor, the unusually large winter heating bill.

Operating this way since 2002, Modest Needs’ donors – regular people just like you – have kept 2116 individuals and families from entering the cycle of poverty over a small, emergency expense. And in keeping with our philosophy, we never ask for anything in return.

How You Can Help
By choice, the work we do at Modest Needs is funded exclusively by the generosity of private citizens, with gifts typically ranging from $5 to $100 at a time.

If your life has been touched by kindness, and you’re looking for a meaningful way to pass that kindness on, we hope you’ll contribute to this work. At Modest Needs, EVERY person has the power to change a life.

And if you need help to afford a small, emergency expense, please apply for assistance. We’ll do our best to find a way to help you.

Thank you for visiting Modest Needs. We’re glad to have you with us!



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