The needs for charities continue to rise

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Anna Berges, Staff Writer

As the COVID-19 pandemic has continuously been the hot topic for about nine months, the financial suffering of charities has been rising. Much like the U.S. economy, charities are struggling as well. Due to the pandemic, fundraisers and other events cannot be held at this time. This causes a decline in revenue and puts smaller organizations at risk for being lost.

With the decline of donations and revenue, services once offered to benefit people cannot be offered anymore. Donations are decreasing and demands are increasing. Plummeting during the first quarter of the year, these charities are attempting to get their name out to as many people as possible to show their struggle.

Catherine Hassinger, the director of community services for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington stated, “I have a 50 percent increase in the number of people needing our help, but my donations are drastically down…” She continues to state, “…In many cases we do not have the resources ourselves to support,” It is hard to find volunteers willing to help them, and who are not at a high risk for COVID-19.

As the holidays approach, the need for food and donations skyrocket. Organizations like the Food Bank are attempting to keep up with the demands that have been increasing since closed businesses lead to unemployment. Sonrise Church in Berlin has been distributing food to people in need every Friday, as times get tougher.

Rick Cohen, Chief of Communications officer for the National Council of Nonprofits stated, “People who have lost their jobs in the last few months understandably do not have the resources to donate to charities like they had in the past.” According to the COVID-19 Nonprofit Workforce Trends Report, around 88 percent of nonprofit organizations experienced a 15 percent or more revenue decline, with 13 percent having to suspend operations.

On the other hand, in some places there are increases in donations and volunteers for these organizations. The Boston Food Bank has seen a 60 percent increase in food distribution and a 100 percent increase in pantry clients amidst the pandemic.  The New England coordinator for Rescuing Leftover Cuisine states, “The need, it is mind boggling and it is not going away anytime soon,” Despite the increased donations, the demands and needs will only continue to rise.