Why should you give to Marrakech this year?

This is the time of year when you have likely received countless annual appeals and season’s greetings from various nonprofit organizations across the state.  And as you decide where to donate your hard earned dollars, we thought you should know a little more about how our funding works and why donating to Marrakech is a worthy cause.

Yes, Marrakech does receive state funds for most of the services we provide.  But state funds are only meant to cover the core services included in each contract, not necessarily the things that contribute to an individual’s quality of life.  While we do receive funds to provide the staff support needed for consumers, their associated state-funded budgets do not guarantee food in their cupboards or funds for recreation on the weekend.  With your gift, Marrakech can provide fuel assistance, deposits for new apartments, food, clothing and furniture to the people we serve. We can also provide regular low-cost or free recreation activities that allow consumers to socialize and develop a sense of belonging among peers and with other members of their communities.

In many cases, people come to us with nothing. We need to give them everything from the bed they are sleeping on to the pots and pans they use to make dinner each night.  We do it because it makes their lives better, which means it gives them the chance to be even more successful on their quests for independence. 

It is important, some may say most important, to provide these “extras” because when you really think about it, they are not extras at all.  They are needs.  These needs are likely to become even more dire as additional state budget cuts loom overhead. Now, more than ever, we are relying on donors like you to help us carry out our mission and enhance the lives of the people we serve.  We ask that you please consider Marrakech in your end of the year plan for making charitable contributions.  You can visit our website, www.marrakechinc.org, to find out more on how to do this.

We sincerely appreciate everyone who has been part of our Marrakech family, past and present.  We could not do what we do without your support.  We wish you all the happiest of holiday seasons and a wonderful new year!


Supporting Marrakech 10 Ways in 10 Days Challenge!

As 2012 comes to an end, Marrakech is asking that our friends, families and local communities come together to support our mission and the people we serve.  How can you support us, you ask?  Well, we have come up with 10 ways you can support us over the next 10 business days.

Starting December 17th through December 31st, we will be announcing a different way each business day that you can support Marrakech’s mission. These announcements will be coming via Facebook, Twitter and our email newsletters.  What types of things might we be asking you to do?  Good question!  They will range from patronizing our social enterprises to donating food or other items to engaging a little more in our social media and of course, contributing to our annual fund. No matter what, we know there is at least one way each of you can easily participate in this challenge.  And we really hope you do!

What we do know is that the Supporting Marrakech 10 Ways in 10 Days Challenge will help you get to know us a little better as an organization.  We appreciate you being part of our caring community and look forward to another year of working together to enhance the lives of the people we serve.

From our Marrakech family to yours, we wish you the happiest of holiday seasons and a wonderful new year!