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A Way to Help Ministries

 25422 Trabuco Road Suite 105-427
[P] (949) 584-8866
[F] --
[email protected]
Maureen Terrio
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Organization DBA A Way To Help
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 26-1941549 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

Providing clean water to those without by equipping people locally to love globally.

Mission Statement

Providing clean water to those without by equipping people locally to love globally.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $75,000.00
Projected Revenue $90,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Water Project
  • Education Projects

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Mission Statement

Providing clean water to those without by equipping people locally to love globally.

Background Statement

A Way To Help Ministries began after a group of friends traveled to the war-torn region of Northern Uganda in 2006. After seeing the devastation the war brought, A Way To Help worked with in-country partners to combat their greatest need, the lack of clean drinking water.The name A Way To Help was chosen for a two-fold mission. After hearing of this great need and the years of suffering the Ugandan people endured in displacement camps, our Orange county friends and neighbors wanted desperately to help them return home to their villages. Using their own passions, interests and resources many local families and businesses joined the effort and found their "way to help" and made an immediate and life changing impact.Today, the need is still immense and we are honored to have the opportunity to continue our efforts in bringing life's most essential resource. Our entire staff are dedicated volunteers and thanks to generous administrative donors, we are still able to give 100% of donations directly to our water and education projects.

Impact Statement

Accomplishments 2017: 1) Installed 16 deep water wells in villages throughout Northern Uganda bringing clean water to over 20,000 people in 48 villages. Trained 64 villagers (minimum of 4 assigned per well as their maintenance committee) on water hygiene, sanitation and well repairs to ensure sustainability. 3) Funds provided for drilling rig updates and repair. 4) Provided support and discipleship training for 48 villages receiving wells. 5) Classroom supplies and training given to 3 of our partner schools and full tuition/room and board for 6 sponsored children. 6) Emergency food supplies brought to Lira community during time of drought (two months) 7) Refugee supplies (hygiene kits, blankets, baby wraps and Bibles) distributed to Palabek Refugee camp, two female prisons and villages in Northern Uganda. 8) Team sent to Uganda in October providing training, supply distribution and program accountability.

Goals for 2018: 1) Complete our 100th well by the installation of 14 new bore holes by the end of 2018. 2) 2) Host two annual fundraisers (Spring and Fall). 3) Secure a $55,000 grant in partnership with the International Rotary club for installation of two irrigation projects to provide food during drought seasons. 4) Continue to expand our partnerships with local businesses/youth groups and individuals and thereby increasing the number of local teams adopting wells.

Needs Statement

Away To Help seeks year-round general operating funds for water relief efforts.Our most pressing needs are for funds. Because of our small overhead and in-country partnerships we are able to install wells immediately upon funding for an extremely reasonable cost.Volunteers are also needed as they provide 100% of our labor at A Way To Help. We are always looking for volunteers, both individuals and groups who can spearhead or assist fundraising efforts.

CEO Statement

From a humble grassroots beginning in 2007, A Way To Help has effectively and efficiently managed its resources. A Way To Help has continued its mission to bring clean drinking water to those without while spreading hope through the gospel message. I am honored to be a part of an organization that is making such a tremendous difference through great stewardship of funds and amazing volunteers. We would like to encourage you to support our worthy mission as we continue to bring hope to those without.

Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donations may be made via the website, mailing a check, or by credit card at events. Goods, services and expertise can be offered as in-kind donations. Local volunteer and college internships are available for fundraising and administrative activities. An annual trip to Uganda is an option for travelers interested in volunteering internationally.

Geographic Area Served

West Orange County
South Orange County
Central Orange County
North Orange County
The Orange County community has partnered with us on this endeavor to provide clean water for a needy community abroad. Generous local businesses, sports teams and families have joined in this effort to change lives unselfishly by donating resources and time to a cause that will never directly impact them. Out of our annual community sales we have also supported local causes including clothes for an impoverished Garden Grove elementary school,jackets and shoes for homeless ministries and women's clothing for an Orange County trafficking charity.

Organization Categories

  1. International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security - International Human Rights
  2. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition -
  3. Religion- Related - Fund Raising & Fund Distribution



Water Project

Funding and installation of deep water wells in villages located in Northern Uganda. The program includes training a minimum of 3 water committee members in each recipient village. Site selection is determined by the local in-country partner church based primarily upon need. Also, villages must commit to ownership by providing labor and small monetary funds for maintenance. Recipient villages receive water hygiene training, life skill classes and most importantly the joy of  the gospel message.
Budget  $50,000.00
Category  International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other International Relief
Population Served At-Risk Populations Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
  • Immediate improvement in children's health.
  • Increase in women and girl's personal safety due to no longer walking long distances for water.
  • School attendance immediately possible.
  • Villagers now educated in disease prevention and basic life skills.
  • Increased employment opportunities as local labor is used for preparation of the well site and installation.
  • Increased ownership by villagers as labor and small monetary requirements are implemented before considered for well site selection.
  • Village recipients have hope beyond their daily existence by hearing the gospel message.
Program Long-Term Success 
  • Mortality rate in recipient villages ultimately declines.
  • Preventable water-borne illnesses 100% eliminated.
  • Prosperous and thriving economy with people healthy and employed.
  • Potential productive futures for children that can now attend school rather than walk for water. 
  • Prevention of long term health issues for woman.
  • Church plant in each village. 
Program Success Monitored By 
  • Trained water committee members from each village monitor the success of the well project program including ongoing maintenance.
  • In-country partner nonprofits and our local partner church provide follow-up monitoring and visits. This includes water education, water quality testing and oversight of the water committee members.
  • AWTH administrative teams sent to Uganda when needed for accountability and review of the water project program. 
Examples of Program Success 
As a small grassroots local nonprofit, with the help of the OC community, AWTH has successfully installed 43 deep wells and 12 shallow wells. This has provided over 50,000 people clean water and thereby health, education and employment. 
Providing clean water continues to be our organization's primary focus.
Testimonies are life changing and evidence of the difference for families in villages with clean water or without was evident on our first trip to Uganda in 2006. The contrast of two villages, one without clean water and the other with clean water, visited in a single day was dramatic.
Poverty, fresh graves and despair in one contrasted with playing school children, men employed and families living vibrant normal lives in the other.
There was no greater testimony. 

Education Projects

Education projects are implemented in conjunction with well site placements at school locations. These include funding for school supplies, mattresses for orphans and child sponsorships for tuition.
Upon special need, fundraisers have been implemented for the construction of a school dormitory and fencing. 
Budget  $7,000.00
Category  International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other International Children's Relief
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
  • Sponsored children immediately attend school.
  • Orphans obtain needed supplies for classwork and boarding needs.
  • Accommodations for 200 girls obtained by the construction of the Alpha school dormitory. 
Program Long-Term Success 
  • A successful and bright future for the sponsored students and orphans who otherwise would have not had the adequate supplies or opportunity for educational advancement.
  • Our sponsors are committed to see their students through until graduation and preparation for college. 
Program Success Monitored By  Sponsors have direct access and communication with our in-country pastor and receive photos, updates and report cards for each of their sponsored children.
Examples of Program Success 
Below is an email from the in-country pastor who oversees this program.
There are no better words.

"Thanks for being used of God in season and out of season!

You may not know the impact of your contribution! Its changing lives, families, churches and children's futures.

Can you imagine, Sandra is now taking care of about 20 girls who are former sex workers, and she is now discipling them and leading others to Christ!

Okidi is now called a pastor due to his commitment in Christian life! And Thelma would have died long time if she was not being supported in school, remember she is living postively! And her mother too, is HIV +. But the love of the Father through you has made them alive and happy!

What a joy to see the great work of God thru you!

Blessings to you all!"


CEO/Executive Director Maureen Terrio
CEO Term Start 2007
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 25
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development --

Staff Demographics

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Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? --
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Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy --
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Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? --
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
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Board Chair Maureen Terrio
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term 2007 -
Board Co-Chair Marla Bockhorst
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term 2007 -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Marla Bockhorst Community Volunteer --
Sandy Boyd Current Electric --
Suzy Boyd Community Volunteer --
Karen Ferrell Community Volunteer --
Suzanne Frey Toastmasters International --
Kim Kirker Kim Kirker Photography --
Ann Mundell-Noel Ultimate Hearing --
Maureen Terrio Moe Terrio Design --

Constituent Board Members

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Youth Board Members

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 7
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions --
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation Yes

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Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $90,000.00
Projected Expenses $75,000.00
Form 990s

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2012 990

2011 990

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Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $78,306 $104,503 $54,898
Total Expenses $40,057 $75,563 $52,797

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$78,306 $104,503 $54,898
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
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Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $37,042 $72,386 $50,708
Administration Expense $3,015 $3,117 $2,089
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.95 1.38 1.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses 92% 96% 96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $115,211 $76,962 $48,022
Current Assets $112,783 $73,634 $46,903
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Total Net Assets $115,211 $76,962 $48,022

Short Term Solvency

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Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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CEO Comments

As a note, 100% of all general donations go directly to our water and education projects as we continue to benefit from a small group of donors covering all administrative expenses. 

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


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