Supporting Non-Profits Through COVID-19
While we’ve all been feeling the effects of COVID-19, non-profit organizations are taking a huge hit. Between the canceled or postponed events, decrease of incoming donations and the declining economy, non-profits need our help now more than ever.
“It is beyond heartbreaking to have to cancel an event,” said Chris Olds, Development Director of Cedar Valley Hospice. “Of course, the money lost is a very big thing for non-profits … but the loss of the event itself for our staff, volunteers, sponsors, and community advocates is also hard”. Simply rescheduling events is not as easy as it may sound. A slew of issues such as date, venue, guest speaker(s), entertainment and catering availability can cause issues.
If the event you planned to attend has been canceled, there are still ways to engage and help support your local non-profits:
- Check to see if the event will be hosted virtually or if an online auction is scheduled
- Donate the funds you planned on spending at the festivities
- Donate perishable items to food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens or churches
- Volunteer your time by delivering for organizations such as Meals on Wheels, or grocery shop for an elderly neighbor, grandparent, or friend
- Schedule an appointment to donate blood
- Share non-profit posts with your friends and family on social media
- Donate to the Lincoln Savings Bank Foundation who distributes funds to organizations in need
As Iowans, we are ready to stand together and find ways to help our neighbors when they’re in need. If you have items or funds you’re able to donate, time you can volunteer either in-person or at-home, or a non-profit's message you’re willing to share, it’s these little initiatives that will make a big impact in our communities.
“Nonprofit’s roles in our community continue even during times of uncertainty – and often times they are tapped to provide even more!” said Lauren Finke, Executive Director of the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley. “The need to share resources with these organizations is so important. If you’re able, give your time as a volunteer to help alleviate pressure on staff and finances.”
Together, we can help non-profits overcome these obstacles. One day at a time, one step at a time we’ll get through this together.
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