Every time you post a need the system will ask you to search any offers that have been made by your members, volunteers or others in the community to provide that same item or service you were going to request. There is no reason to post a need if an offer has already been made to provide the exact same thing your church, charity or a local family needs. If you review the offers that have been made and do not want to accept one of them, you may bypass the offers and continue with posting the need. Searching offers is not an additional step because MTN uses your search criteria (for the offer) to prepopulate the category and subcategory automatically as you then post the need. The fact that MTN is a closed-loop system is of value to you. It encourages people to post offers when they cannot find a need and we remind you to search those offers before posting a need.