Non-profits looking ahead to financial recovery

SALISBURY, Md. – For many non-profits, their work didn’t stop when stay at home orders were issued. Women Supporting Women says that they’re still busy helping people during these difficult times. “Like every other non profit we’ve got fundraisers throughout the year, and unfortunately the Coronavirus has taken out 2 if not possibly 3 of our fundraisers,” said WSW executive director Cindy Feist.

WSW had to cancel their biggest event of the year – the walk for breast cancer awareness. The organization is instead doing a virtual walk, where people can still raise money and engage on social media. Feist says the organization is relying on their donors now more than ever to help continue their services. “Trying to get funding in is a little bit tougher, but we know that those people who have supported us in the past will continue to do so. It’s just a different way of doing it now,” said Feist.

The Wicomico County Habitat for Humanity is also keeping things going during COVID-19. They were on a Salisbury build site Wednesday, but they also say they’re concerned about their financial future. “We’re in good shape right now, but going forward we will be running out of money for construction. We need money for materials,” said executive director Molly Hilligoss.

Hilligoss says that grants are helping the organization to continue building homes for those in need. “Thankfully, in part to a grant from the city of Salisbury – their Community Development Block Grant – and the governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention – we have a workforce development grant right now,” said Hilligoss.

The executive director also tells 47ABC that the uncertainty that organization employees are facing is frustrating. “Our employees, I laid them off, I rehired them. They still haven’t gotten unemployment checks from when I laid them off. People are short on cash. It’s just challenging in so many respects,” said Hilligoss.

Both organizations say they’re working on applying for a number of grants, and brainstorming on ways they can fund raise in the future. WSW says that they’re looking to possibly reschedule their awareness walk in October. Meanwhile, Habitat for Humanity says that they’re excited to get volunteers back on build sites, but they’ll have to limit how many people are there.

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