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"My Neighbor In Need" celebrates 5 year in Great Falls

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"My Neighbor In Need" in Great Falls celebrated five years of helping people, as well as two new partnerships. "My Neighbor In Need" in Great Falls celebrated five years of helping people, as well as two new partnerships.
Kellie Pierce of Leadership Great Falls Kellie Pierce of Leadership Great Falls
Matthew Holmes of Mergenthaler Transfer & Storage Matthew Holmes of Mergenthaler Transfer & Storage
GREAT FALLS -

On Monday, "My Neighbor In Need" in Great Falls celebrated five years of helping people, as well as two new partnerships.

The program is teaming up with Leadership Great Falls and Mergenthaler Transfer & Storage.

My Neighbor In Need lets people register a need on its website, and enables people to fulfill the need anonymously through donated goods or services, or money.

Dave Snuggs, who created the program, says the idea to provide the service came to him many years ago before the right computer program was available. 

Snuggs explained, "I’m working back in North Carolina, and I have an employee that has needs of things, and I started thinking, what if there was a way to ask for help, and he says, 'How do you ask for help?' It was a pride issue. And I thought, what if there’s a way you could privately ask for help.”

Since launching, ‘My Neighbor In Need’ has performed more than 8,000 "need" fulfillments.

It partners with 41 organizations, as well as receives donations from thousands of residents. 

The program also operates "My Student In Need," to help children and teens in the community.

Kellie Pierce of Leadership Great Falls said, "Children in our community, and the needs that are not being met, were really a prominent deciding factor, so we chose My Student In Need because they’re already helping students in our community.” 

Mergenthaler Transfer & Storage recently partnered with My Neighbor In Need to provide two basic services: first, when they come across good furniture no longer wanted, they deliver that furniture to My Neighbor In Need. Second, they provide moving assistance, such as trucks and labor, to individuals at greatly reduced cost.

Matthew Holmes of Mergenthaler explained, “There’s a lot of people out there that are in need of assistance at different times in their lives and I’m just glad we can help somebody out when that need arises.” 

My Neighbor in Need operates with a staff of five in the ‘Give What You Can Thrift Store’ located in the Times Square building in downtown Great Falls.

Montana Farmers Union owns the building, and offers the space for greatly reduced rent..

Snuggs says Montana Farmers Union donates $20,000 per year to My Neighbor In Need.

Click here to visit the My Neighbor In Need website.

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