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Go Big Give offers much needed support to nonprofits

The day of giving Go Big Give is helping nonprofits impacted by the pandemic.
The day of giving Go Big Give is helping nonprofits impacted by the pandemic.(KSNB)
Published: Jul. 7, 2020 at 6:20 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - After being postponed for months, Go Big Give is off and running. It is giving the communities of Hall, Hamilton, Howard, and Merrick counties a chance to show support for their favorite nonprofits.

Some of the 137 nonprofits have had their doors shut for months, others have seen a major increase in need for their services. What most of them have in common is that they haven't had a chance to hold their usual fundraisers.

“We’ve had a lot of people call and we’ve utilized a lot of our nonprofits and I am sure they’ve received a lot of calls as well so this event will hopefully help keep their doors open,” Cammie Benson, Heartland United Way Director of Community Engagement said.

United Way and the Grand Island Area Community Foundation said they have been doing well for donations throughout the day Tuesday and actually got ahead of where they were last year. their goal is to reach $1 million.

One organization that saw its resources stretched was Hope Harbor. They saw many people needing a place to stay as well as PPE to keep the shelter safe. Now they are asking for funds to start their rent assistance program and fill their food pantry.

“How do we ask people to help us when they might be struggling themselves? So we’re really touched that people are still reaching into their pockets with what they can and giving on Go Big Give,” Jennifer Figueroa, Hope Harbor Marketing Coordinator said.

Choice Family Healthcare could only do curb-side medication pick ups until last week and need to make up for lost revenue.

“It just hit everybody really hard and especially people like us who do see people every day and have a full schedule everyday,” Misty Schaecher, Education and Outreach Coordinator said. “To not have that for months at a time it really gave us a big hit that we weren’t expecting.”

Both organizations are thankful for all the donations and are excited to see the end result.

Donations can be made to any of the 137 nonprofits until midnight at gobiggive.org

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