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The NRC Way

The NRC Way is to reduce immediate need on the reservations, while enhancing existing reservation programs and services. This dual focus builds for today and tomorrow and creates more opportunities for positive change in reservation communities.

Here are the principles that guide our work:

  1. NRC works through reservation Partners, who identify the needs in their communities that NRC can help them address. These are our Program Partners.
    We provide goods and services to the Program Partners, and work with them to plan and implement distributions and activities in their communities. This helps reduce the immediate need.

  2. NRC brings Thanksgiving to remote locations.
    NRC brings Thanksgiving
    to remote locations.

    NRC helps Program Partners enhance the reservation programs where they work.
    By volunteering with NRC, the Program Partners learn how to work with outside resources, organize and advertise events, and recruit and coordinate volunteers. Their volunteers also build skills and confidence. This learning benefits reservation programs in the long run.

  3. NRC gives preference to rural and remote communities with limited access to transportation and services.
    Many who live on reservations reside in rural areas far away from health care, stores, schools, or employment opportunities. Many lack the transportation to get to the nearest town or facility. These are the areas that NRC prioritizes for service.

  4. When a group is selected for service, NRC strives to serve everyone in the group.
    In addition to need, a group may be further defined by age, location, the Program Partner’s service area, or other factors. These criteria make clear who is eligible to receive the service. Using this system helps to avoid any feeling of unfairness or partiality within the community — feelings that could undermine the effectiveness and credibility of NRC or its Program Partners.

  5. Monetary donations help meet basic nutritional needs.
    Your donations help meet basic nutritional needs.
    NRC delivers only needed goods and services.
    We work with Program Partners to understand what products are needed and in what quantities, then strive to match those needs with high-quality products. In other words, we do not "dump and run." Dumping goods merely because they are available doesn’t guarantee a benefit. Some goods are unwanted or inappropriate. Delivering the wrong thing at the wrong time or to the wrong place can create a problem for the community. Thus, NRC only delivers to the Program Partners and only delivers goods that the Program Partners say will help.

  6. NRC insists upon program accountability.
    We expect our Program Partners to care as much about the goods and services provided as we do. Goods and services must go only to the defined group and be reported on by the Partners in a timely fashion. We fulfill our obligations to our Program Partners, and we expect our Program Partners to fulfill their obligations to us.
    No paper or pencils? NRC helps students succeed.
    No paper or pencils?
    NRC helps students succeed.

    NRC gives clear, written expectations to its Program Partners. NRC relies heavily on the Program Partners and other volunteers who live on the reservations to make our services work. We clearly outline expectations as to what a community needs to do and what NRC will do for them. Building this line of communication makes NRC services more effective because everyone’s expectations are clear.

  7. NRC is also accountable to its donors.
    We take seriously the management of resources that donors entrust to our care. We work efficiently and effectively year-round to achieve the maximum reach and impact from available resources. This enables NRC to be a consistent resource to Indian country and to the Program Partners who are counting on us.

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