About Care For Others
Care for Others was founded by Mark and Mary Mekota, and Jim and Laura DiLella in 2006. The two couples, friends for the past 16 years, share a commitment to family, faith, hard work, and giving back.
Care for Others does not pay administrative salaries to the founders or volunteers. Our operating expenses are low so the majority of your donation goes directly to the people in need.
Care for Others is an Ohio based 501(c) (3) non-profit public charity that was formed to provide assistance to needy individuals and families in an effort to relieve poverty, human distress and suffering. The Organization's purpose is directed towards assisting families and individuals who it determines are in need of assistance and will make direct distributions to creditors on behalf of eligible applicants Thus, the Organization will provide direct, immediate financial support to individuals and families who have encountered small, unexpected, temporary expenses which, if left unpaid, threaten to undermine the financial stability of the individual and lead to a cycle of poverty.
...the Organization will provide direct, immediate financial support to poor and underprivileged individuals who have encountered small, unexpected expenses which, if left unpaid, threaten to undermine the financial stability of the individual and lead to a cycle of poverty.
For example, the Organization may provide assistance to persons who need a car repair so they can get to work or rent assistance to someone who becomes ill or loses their job and are faced with temporary loss of income, especially where that person is the primary income provider for the family. Assistance may also include helping physically disabled persons make necessary home repairs in order to make their homes handicap accessible or help a retired person in need of replacing an appliance. These persons would be those who would not otherwise have the means to make such repairs or purchases.
The maximum grant is $1,000, and no individual or family may receive a grant more than once per year, two times lifetime. No funds will be disbursed to the officers, board of directors or substantial contributors, or to any family member of the officers, board of directors or substantial contributors.
Through volunteers, the Organization will review requests for assistance which may come directly from affected individuals or referrals from local social service agencies, churches, friends etc. However, the person in need of the financial assistance and/or an immediate family member, eighteen years of age or older, living in the same household must file the application. The Organization's initial response to these requests for assistance is to assess the individual's needs and his or her eligibility for assistance. This assessment process will include but is not limited to a phone interview, gathering of documentation to prove identity, prove address, prove income and prove the financial need and the circumstances surrounding the request. Once all documentation has been compiled the application is submitted for review. If approved Care For Others will remit the determined amount to the creditor and/or provide supplies and physical repairs through our volunteers.
A Commitment to Help, A Labor of Love
Care for Others was founded by Mark and Mary Mekota, and Jim and Laura DiLella in 2006. The two couples, friends for the past 10 years, share a commitment to family, faith, hard work, and giving back.
Both the Mekota's and DiLella's who know personally the struggles, risks and rewards of achieving the American Dream. Each family has experienced its share of life's ups and downs, and is grateful for the rich blessings of healthy children, close family and friends, and successful careers. Rather than simply retire in comfort, they recognized an opportunity to help others in the same way that they had received help at various times in their lives. So, in 2006 they created Care for Others to help people, who live responsibly, respectably and within their means, but who experience a temporary set-back that could ruin their lives and force them into a cycle of poverty and dependence.