The demand for services from non-profits rise during the pandemic, as less funding comes in
Giving Tuesday can help
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- As we wrap up one of the biggest holiday shopping seasons, with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, now we continue with Giving Tuesday. Non-profits across the community ask for your help with donations, so they can keep doing the work that they do in our city. CASA is one of those non-profits.
“CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and we are a local non-profit the recruits and trains community volunteers who then advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in juvenile court,” said Dawn Rockey Executive Director CASA Lancaster county.
CASA is just one of over 64 non-profits in our area who benefit when you donate to the United Way CHAD campaign.
“We raise the money in workplaces around the community and then we distribute it out to our charities,” said Mark Feit Lincoln Director of CHAD.
The organizations your donations benefit hit a variety of needs.
“It also includes things like mental health for places like Hope Spoke. In education, we fund after-school programs like the ones at the lighthouse, but we also fund mentoring programs to help kids get through school such as Big Brothers Big Sisters. Financial security includes things like making sure you have a place to live, so the people city mission. Also being safe from things like domestic violence with friendship home. So the charities a lot of people have heard of, benefit from our campaign,” said Feit.
The pandemic brought hard times on a lot of people, and non-profits definitely felt that strain.
“A lot of our charities saw a 30, 40, 50 percent increase in need, coupled with an 80 percent decrease in the money they were able to bring in,” said Feit.
CASA is one of the non-profits seeing the need for its services rise.
“The pandemic has not been kind to child abuse victims. In 2020, we advocated for 20 percent more kids than we did in 2019. We are anywhere between 5 and 8 percent ahead of those numbers for 2021,” said Rockey.