How Do I Write a Letter Requesting Assistance?

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A letter requesting assistance should include an opening paragraph that provides an introduction to the letter writer and the specific request. The second paragraph should provide details about the request and reasons for the need, followed by a concluding paragraph that offers a call to action.

A letter of request for assistance should be brief and consist of three to four paragraphs. The tone should be courteous and professional, and the letter should employ appeals to the reader to persuade action. For example, if the writer is requesting money, the letter should introduce the need, explain why the funds are needed and provide specific directions as to how the reader can fulfill the request.