About Us

PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE (PHP) Mission Statement

People Helping People provides emergency financial assistance to families and individuals in Fauquier County, Virginia.

PHP has been providing this important service to the community for over 25 years.

Biography of PHP

PHP was chartered with the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1990 as a non-profit Corporation, 501 (c) (3) with an annual budget between $45,000-$50,000.  We are a non-denominational Christian-based organization that was founded with the purpose of helping citizens of this county who are in immediate financial need. Our assistance covers such items as paying utility bills to avoid disconnection of service, assist paying rent/mortgage to avoid eviction and potential homelessness.

Summarization of assistance

People Helping People (PHP)  assists low income families and families undergoing hardship due to circumstances beyond their control, i.e. loss of employment, health issues, death in the family.

The maximum assistance over a 12 month period per family/individual is $300. This is to help overcome a temporary hardship.  We do not disburse cash but make payments directly to the provider of services.

In 2016, we received over $43,000 in support from grants, area churches, and individuals! This support allowed People Helping People to provide assistance to 205 families consisting of 302 individuals (12 adults over 65) and 235 children.   The average assistance per family was $187.  In addition to financial assistance, our volunteers provided 1,053 hours of support to People Helping People.

Staff

PHP staff is 100% volunteer. The overhead cost (telephone, office supplies, internet) over the past years did not exceed 5%.  Office space is donated by Saint James Episcopal Church. 95% of all donations are distributed to assist people in need.

Board Members

Elfie Schmid, President
Chuck Boaz, Treasurer
Rosanne Gorkowski, Secretary
Mike Brown, Attorney
Bob Springman
Ed Wright
Jan Polk

Awards 

People Helping People received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, GOLD MEDAL for services in the community. Eleonore Johnson , 95 years young, received the LIVE TIME Award for her services to PHP.