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Nonprofits look forward to Giving Tuesday

Published: Nov. 30, 2020 at 9:59 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - After a busy shopping weekend for many across the country, it’s time to give back. Local nonprofits are hopeful that people will take advantage of the annual Giving Tuesday campaign.

Many local nonprofits are seeing a decrease in donations coming in during 2020 due to the pandemic, but are hopeful to see some more as the holidays approach.

Karla Schweiger-Arnold is the Director of the Grand Island Crisis Center and she told Local4 News that they’ve seen an increase in demand for their services, but a decrease in donations.

“We are able to provide our basic services of food, clothing, housing, the basic needs,” Schweiger-Arnold said. “Definitely for some of those extras, if people are needing additional help with a down payment on rent or those kinds of things, we don’t have that funding right now.”

The Crisis Center typically gets an increase in donations during the holiday season and are hoping to see that again this year.

“Everybody is doing their best, but you know with loss of jobs, not being able to work, just keeping the wheels on the bus for some families,” Schweiger-Arnold said. “We have been seeing a decrease in donations that have been coming into our agency.”

Across town the Grand Island Literacy Council is also looking forward to Giving Tuesday.

They help new community members get accustomed to the area and also rely on grants and generous people.

“All of our funding is through either grants or donations so the only way that we are able to continue the work that we do it through the generosity of people in our community,” Allison Hoden, Director of Programs, said.

Last year the Literacy Council served more than 400 students and although they did have to close for a few months this year, they hope to be able to continue to help those who need their services.

“It’s been a tough year for nonprofits and for small businesses,” Hoden said. “So we are just grateful for the support and encourage every one to shop local and keep thinking of our area nonprofits.”

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