Mission & History


The mission of Help the Needy is to provide basic human services and advocacy for those in need in our community, in collaboration with other partners.


Help the Needy (HtN) was founded in 1982 to provide assistance to people in need when they encounter unforeseen challenges. The intent of the assistance is to offer those in need a hand-up, not a hand-out. Hope truly lives here at HtN. Helpthe Needy is a Federally qualified Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since our founding, HtN has grown in sizeand mission. In 2009, HtN moved its offices to its current location in the central business district of Woodland Park to betterserve its clients and to provide a more effective working environment for our volunteers.

HtN continues to develop and serve our community with compassion and fairness.

As a matter of policy, HtN:

  • Keeps operating expenses to an absolute minimum, averaging about 16% over the past five
  • Maintains a policy of nondiscrimination providing assistance without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or bias of any
  • Scrupulously adheres to the conditions required by
  • Strives to use the minimum necessary resources of HtN while addressing client issues, and generally discourages clients who have recurring
  • The aid offered has always been intended to complement assistance from other

HtN is operated under the guidance of a highly qualified Executive Committee and Board of Directors. As with all HtN staff, members of the Executive Committee and the Board are uncompensated volunteers. They represent different segments of the community with diverse perspectives. This diversity helps to ensure equitable representation of, and service to, all sectors of the community.

HtN is proud of the fact that its staff remains totally 100% volunteer.

  • Our Partners
    • Restructure the page to have Collaborative Partners and Referral Agencies
    • Under Collaborative Partners list and, if appropriate, link to their website

Community of Caring/Aspen Mine Center, Cripple Creek, CO –aspenminecenter.org
Community Partnership, Divide, CO – cpteller.org
Storehouse Ministries, Woodland Park, CO – Stephen-denton-qtn.squarespace.com/storehouse
Referral Agencies

CASA – casa.org

Goodwill – discovermygoodwill.com

Little Chapel Food Pantry – littlechapelfoodpantry.org

Teller County Department of Human Services – co.teller.co.us/DHS

Teller County Regional Animal Shelter (TCRAS) – tcrascolorado.org

Teller Senior Coalition – tellerseniorcoalition.org

TESSA of Colorado Springs – tessacs.org

Woodland Park Community Cupboard – wpcommunitycupboard.com

Woodland Park Senior Center – woodlandparkseniors.com