National Relief Charities
National Relief Charities

Aiding Reservations Too Remote to Reach

National Relief Charities (NRC) is issuing a call for aid to cover the cost of transporting goods to tribal programs located on remote reservations in 12 states.

Aiding Reservations Too Remote to Reach
Rapid City, SD, January 16, 2012 --( National Relief Charities is a nonprofit dedicated to quality of life for Native Americans living on poverty-stricken reservations. NRC has been serving Indian country for over twenty years, but in that time, the landscape has changed significantly. Today, the cost of living is higher than ever, requests for aid from the reservations are up, and donations for many nonprofits are down. This means there are more people to serve at a higher cost.

In addition, one fact that has remained unseen and unfelt by mainstream America is that tribal economies on many reservations have been depressed for decades, at levels far worse than the US recession that began in 2008. This has led to scores of Native American families living at sub-poverty levels with basic needs going unmet. This is unacceptable and NRC feels a responsibility to help close the gap on the disparity for tribes in need. NRC strives to do this 52 weeks a year by providing a broad range of support to tribal diabetes and health programs, shelters, nutrition and senior centers, and colleges in MT, SD, MN, AZ, NM, and other states. NRC also provides disaster relief.

Over more than two decades, National Relief Charities has evolved its services and developed a way of working that is effective in Indian country. This is reflected in our long-lasting partnerships with tribal programs and other programs on the reservations, where there is mutual trust. When over 1,200 program partners are asked how NRC is doing, their feedback is consistent: National Relief Charities is making a difference. Yet this also means that NRC needs to be able to continue its shipments and capacity building.

Please read the attachment for a full description of the challenge and the support NRC is requesting.

National Relief Charities
Kelly Gibson
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