Community Needs


Need #321 - Help with mortgage payments. This family of four's monthly payments had been suspended due to pandemic relief measures, but that program has ended and several payments of $457 are due. One family member is disabled and receives SSDI. The other family member works part time and is trying to get full-time work.

Need #319 - Help purchasing building supplies for ramp. This neighbor needs to build a ramp to access his home. His friend will build it for him and has requested help with the building materials that will cost about $400. 

Need #318 - Help with rentThis need has been met - thank you! Due to car repairs brought on by cold weather, this neighbor is $400 short for March rent.

Need #317 - Help with water bill and energy billThis need has been met - thank you! Parens of a newborn have lost wages and ned help with utility bills.

Need #315 - Help with rentThis need has been met - thank you! This neighbor is struggling to get more hours at work but is short $184 for March rent. 

Need #314 - Help with energy billThis need has been met - thank you! This neighbor needs help with an energy bill of $716. 

Need #313 - Help with bill for plumbing workThis need has been met - thank you! A disabled neighbor had several plumbing issues in the home she owns.  She was able to get a plumber to quickly make repairs but now is having trouble paying for them.  The plumber is willing to set up a payment plan however being on a fixed income makes it difficult to keep up with the terms of the agreement.  She owes a total of $750.00 for the repairs, with monthly payments of $250.00 and would appreciate any help toward meeting these costs.

 Need #311 - Refrigerator. This need has been met - thank you!  We have a neighbor in need of a refrigerator. 

 Need #309 - Help with rent.  This need has been met - thank you! A disabled gentleman who receives Social Security Disability and whose rent is based on this income, only $168.00, needs help this month. He changed bank accounts and therefore did not receive his check in December.

  Need #308 - Help with rent.  This need has been met. Thank you! This family fell  $500 behind on their rent because the wage-earner was laid off due to Covid 19 and subsequently injured his foot which delayed his re-employment. He looks forward to returning to work as soon as possible. 

Need #304 - Help with rent.  This need has been met, thank you!  Due to an unexpected expense to buy an oxygen machine, this neighbor needs help with rent for this month. 

Need #303 - Help with rent . This need has been met, thank you! A single mom needs help with paying her rent for this month.  She has two children and is employed, however with the cost of daycare, she has run short of funds.  Her rent is $550.00 for November and she is confident she will be able to pay it in the future.  

Need #299 – Car repair .This need has been met, thank you! A single mother has requested help to repair her car.  She needs to have the electrical system checked out as she is having problems with the ignition.   She and her daughter are currently living with her mother as she looks for work.  She needs transportation in order to find employment.

Need #298Funds for travel for surgery. This need has been met, thank you! A young girl needs a second surgery on her wrist.  The surgery was scheduled  in the early morning in Billings.  Her mother was taking her there, however she did not have  funds to pay for a motel room for the night before the surgery.  She requested they schedule the surgery later in the day however they could not accommodate her request.  She requested just enough funds to provide a room for them and confirmed with the motel that the total cost would be $132.00 including tax.  Given the immediacy of the request, Your Neighbor Cares provided funds to her.  We would certainly appreciate any donations to replenish our general fund.

 Window air conditioner - #295 This need has ben met, thank you! An older couple, with medical needs, is in need of a small window air conditioner.  The hot weather makes their little home very warm and while they have one in the living room, they would appreciate one for the bedroom as the husband is on oxygen which contributes to the heat.

Power bill - #294 This need has ben met, thank you! A recently widowed lady requested some help paying her power bill.  She was able to receive assistance from a sister agency, but still owes $95.00 in order to bring the bill current.

Help for homeless person - # 290 This need hs been met, thank you!  Council on Aging referred a homeless person to us who was in need of 3 nights in a motel.  We have paid for that expense  but are accepting donations towards replenishing those funds. 

Travel for medical treatment - #288 This need has been met, thank you!  A neighbor is scheduled for surgery in Gt. Falls this week.  His wife will take him to the hospital but needs assistance paying for a motel room for one, or possibly two nights.  This was an immediate need. We were able to purchase a gift card in the amount of $200.00 so she would be able to cover these costs.  If you would like to help us replace these funds, they then would be available for another emergent need.

Help with medical bill and kitchen appliances - #289.  This need has been met, Thank you! Older couple have experienced several critical illness that resulted in extensive medical bills.  They live on limited income and are having difficulty paying toward these expenses.  They would appreciated any assistance that would allow them to pay toward the balances owing.  In addition, they were wondering if any one had a used refrigerator in working order or some kitchen cupboards that they could use in their home.

 Help with rent - #287 This need has been referred to another agency. A couple is requesting help with their July rent of $625. Both recently lost their jobs due to Covid 19 and are looking for other work. 

Help with rent - # 284 This need has been met - Thank you! We were contacted by a woman needing help with her rent for June.  She was current on her payments until this month when the loss of her job made her short of funds.  While she is busy finding employment, she owes $420.00 which is due right away.

Help with mortgage - #282 This need has been met - Thank you! A couple have both recently lost their jobs, causing them to get behind on paying a mortgage of $456 a month.  While he recently went back to work and she is interviewing for another job, they have fallen three months behind.  In speaking to their lender, we determined that if the payments were deferred under the available program, they would all come due the fourth month along with that month’s payment.  This is not feasible for them as they are just starting back to work.

Car repair - #277  This need has been met. Thank you! We have received a request from a low-income person who is trying to re-condition an older vehicle and found that it needs a new headlight assembly that will cost approximately $200 for parts and labor as well as transmission work that will cost approximately $320.

Car Repair - #283  This need has been met - Thank you! We received a referral from an auto dealership concerning an elderly gentleman needing to have his car repaired due to an oil leak.  While it was apparent the repair was urgently needed, the gentleman explained he did not have the money to pay for it.  Concerned with the outcome if not repaired, the dealership contacted Your Neighbor Cares to see if someone would be willing to help with any portion of the bill estimated to be at least $500.00.  While they are willing to work with this gentleman because of his low income and need for transportation, they, as well as he, would  appreciate any help for this much needed repair.

Needs a plumber - #280 This need has been met, thank you! A low-income gentleman needs help paying plumber to install a water heater. 

Council on Aging Meals - #278 This need has been met for the time being - Thank you! If more need arises, we will advise the community.  As the Council on Aging is no longer able to be open to serve daily meals, they are serving over 3,000 meals a month – both delivered to homes and at the back door of the center. With the closure of the Treasure Depot, a major source of funding, this has put a large burden on their ability to fund meals that are important to our neighbors. All contributions are welcome. 

Ramp and handrail - #276 This need has been met, thank you! A senior citizen needs help to build a ramp and hand rail into his home. He was hospitalized and has recently returned home. He is still very weak and is confined until he regains more strength and has a ramp and hand rail at his home. He clearly needs assistance in order to be mobile in future months. YNC would like to pay for materails and labor that we estimate at approximately $500.

 Energy Bill - #274   This need has been met - Thank you! A family struggling financially got behind on their power bill and Northwestern Energy disconnected their services. The family of four, plus their mother who is a senior citizen, needed emergency assistance. By coordinating with other agencies, and other programs, power was recently restored. Our organization was able to provide approximately $300.00 toward this need using emergency fund monies.Donations to restore any portion of those funds are welcomed.

Lift Chair -  #273  This need has been met - Thank you! A low-income individual is finding it very difficult to get out of her recliner and unable to use her couch. She can not afford to purchase a new lift chair and was wondering if someone might have one that they no longer needed.


Plumbing repair - #268 This need has been met  - Thank you! A senior citizen, active in the community, living on fixed income, has a kitchen sink that won't drain. She purchased parts, but efforts by friends and neighbors to do it themselves have failed. Situation may become a health risk.

Travel for medical treatment - #267 This need has been met - Thank you! Senior citizen is gravely ill and needs to travel to Seattle for treatment.A family member will transport him and his wife, but they need help paying for gas and for lodging expenses when they get there.

Help with rent - #266 This need has been met  - Thank you! A single person who recently lost his job needs help with rent.He is looking for work, but already owes $150 for December and $410 for January. Any help he can receive during this interval would be appreciated.

Christmas gifts - #265 This need has been met  - Thank you! Single mother of three missed th deadline to apply for Angel Tree and would like help purchasing some gifts for her children ages 12, 7 and 6.

 Help with rent - #262  This need has been met - Thank you! A young family needs help with their rent for the month of December. They have resources enough to pay a portion of it but are short $150.00. Expenses in December create situations that are unexpected. Even though the mother works 30 hours a week and the father cares for their two infants, they still find themselves getting behind in paying their rent.

Cooking Stove - #261This need has been met - Thank you! A sister agency is in the process of winterizing a mobile home for a senior citizen who is disabled. This elderly widower has a cooking stove that has a gas leak and has been shut off. Due to the age of the stove, parts for it are unavailable. Living on a fixed income, he does not have the ability to purchase a new appliance. He is in need of a replacement stove in good working order. It will need to be 31.5 inches in width in order to fit in the space and will need to be professionally installed. If a stove is found, we will also be asking for donations to have it professionally inspected and installed.

Home heating - #260  Received assistance elsewhere. A single mother who is working full time needs to have her furnace inspected because at this time it is not safe to use. She has been using a wood stove to heat her home but that has created a situation where her pipes froze as the wood heat wasn’t warming the bathroom. The pipes have been repaired however the situation has caused the floor to become unstable. While she has family that can do the labor, she needs to purchase two marine quality boards. Due to paying past medical bills as well as living expenses, she finds she doesn’t have the extra money needed to get her mobile home ready for the winter season. She estimates these items may cost as much as $300.00.

Sanitzing a home - #256  This need has been met - Thank you! We were contacted by a sister organization that is trying to help a veteran who is disabled. This vet is living on his own and does not want to relocate to a veterans facility that can provide care. He is limited in his ability to maintain his home. His home needs to be professionally sanitized and he does not have the funds to pay for this expense, that is estimated to be around $800.00,

Help for a pet - #255. This need has been met. Thank you! We also received a request from a lady whose pet cat was injured by others and needed surgery. She has taken the cat to a local veterinarian and he will amputate one of its legs. She will pay $175.00 toward the bill as soon as she receives her paycheck. She is working full time but needs help with the remaining bill of $50.00.(19-Oct-2019)

Child Care Debt - #254. This need has been met. Thank you! We received a request from a single mother with three young children. She was working and had applied for assistance to help with her childcare costs. When she learned her application was not approved, she had already accumulated a considerable amount owed to the childcare facility. She would appreciate any help in order to reduce the outstanding amount. (16-Oct-2019)

Paying for eyeglasses - #253This need has been met. Thank you! Due to a retinal bleed in one eye, a disabled person needs a special pair of glasses to allow her to read. The cost is $140.00 more than she can afford and she would appreciate any donations to help her pay for the glasses.(4-Oct-2019)

Help with rent - #252. This need has been met. Thank you! This week we received a request from a person needing help with her rent. When her husband was deployed, she and her young daughter decided to move back here to be closer to family. They had saved enough funds to move home and anticipated income from her husband’s navy service to help pay her rent. Unfortunately, there was a paperwork problem which resulted in a delay in receiving any income. While she is hopeful this problem will be corrected soon, at this time she is without funds to pay her rent. If neighbors can help pay any portion of the $400.00 that she owes, she would be very grateful.

Water leak - #250. This Need had been met. Thank you! Your Neighbor Cares received a call from a senior citizen needing some help. The lady has a water leak under her house that requires someone digging access to the leak so it can be repaired. The lady lives on a fixed income and while she owns her home, she does not have the funds needed to pay for someone to dig the trench and a plumber to repair the water line.

 Financial Assistance for utility bill - #246. This need has been met. Thank you! Your Neighbor Cares recently received a letter from a family of three that is experiencing a financial crisis and are in need of some financial assistance.  They were able to manage until the wife had to stop working due to a debilitating illness.  She has applied for disability but benefits are pending.  Her husband is working at a job with uncertain income and these two factors have resulted in their getting behind on their bills.  The current request is for help paying their water and sewer bill and also help paying on their home equity loan that they entered into to pay toward their bills. 

Propane Refrigerator - # 245. This need was not met. 
We have received a request from a family that is in need of a propane refrigerator.  They live in a rural area and need refrigeration for milk and fruit and vegetables for the children.