We support our own and our other favorite nonprofits because we care about the issues we are
addressing and believe the work we are doing is making a difference. We’re fans and we’re loyal.
Like all businesses, nonprofits in the Inland Empire are struggling right now. They’ve had to reduce or cease services and ask staff to remain at home, yet their expenses continue to mount. And some, like those serving seniors, providing hunger relief, or offering mental health services have seen a substantial spike in demand for their services during the virus crisis.
We must remember, most nonprofits don’t make products or sell services to derive income. They rely wholly, or in part, on donations from people like you and me. Many have little to no reserve funds because supporters often put pressure on them to use all the money, they raise to support programming rather than save portions of it (this will surely change).
Money is tight for everyone right now. You may have lost your job, been furloughed, or seen your savings shrink due to a drop on your stock portfolio or 401k. It’s a rough time for everyone and we mean EVERYONE.
It’s also a time where it would be easy look inward and “look out for number one.” But if there was ever a time to look outward and express gratitude to those serving us and our community, this is it.
Therefore, we urge to you to make calls or visit the websites of your favorite nonprofits and make a financial gift. By doing so, you’re helping to ensure that their services and staff can stay afloat during this time of crisis and be in a better position to thrive during the recovery.
Besides a gift, you can support your nonprofit by offering to make phone calls, donate food, shop for seniors, and say prayers. Even sending a note of appreciation or a gift certificate for take-out meals can warm the hearts of staff and make them smile . . . something we all need more of right now. And when the isolation ban is lifted, you can offer to do essential things at their center, run errands, or simply offer to volunteer to help them get back on track.
If you’re a major donor, let me encourage you to contact your favorite nonprofits and offer to donate emergency funds.. These funds can help pay for staff wages and health insurance, as well as operational expenses, program expenses, or utility bills. It might just be the gift a nonprofit needs to free itself from the financial burdens and anxieties it faces.
The nonprofits in the Inland Empire are the cornerstones for much of our culture, fun, and service. In these unsettling times, let’s reassure them with a financial gift or commitment to help and show them our passion for their success and the well-being of their staff is authentic and true. In doing so, we’ll keep our nonprofits strong and stable and the Inland Empire vibrant.
Executive Staff of HomeAid Inland Empire
Julie Reay; Executive Director
Katie Pickett; Development Director