Local nonprofits feel ‘incredibly negative’ impact from pandemic

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During both good and tough times, local nonprofits are often thought to be the backbone in the community.

It is no secret that the pandemic has impacted the way these helping hands operate in their day to day operations.

“The pandemic has had an incredibly negative impact on nonprofits,” Walter Hill with Wiregrass United Way said.

When people are, in need they usually head to the nearest helping hands. Often times these our local organizations throughout the community.

What happens when these nonprofits are impacted by a global pandemic?

“When they are not able to provide that help whether its due to man power or funds, then the impact is tremendous on the area,” Hill said.

Those comments were echoed by Wiregrass 211 CEO David Duke.

“Whenever there are needs like that pop up, and you let the general public know,” Duke said. “They step up.”

According to a new study by Candid and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, 1 in 3 nonprofits are in jeopardy of closing their doors.

Both nonprofits tell WDHN News because of grants and support from the community many nonprofits in the Wiregrass were able to stay afloat but did experience a domino effect.

“The pandemic costs so many things for regular business and nonprofits because the needs went up, and the resources went down,” Hill said.

They agree that as difficult as this time may have been for nonprofits in the area they are glad to see the organizations work together and serve the people who most need it.

“It has been difficult and some agencies had to cut back on the services that they could do or have done in the past,” Duke said.

Both nonprofits agree that even though these are tough times anyone in the community can always lend a helping hand.

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