Local non-profits adapting to COVID-19, finding ways to raise funds through their stores
SALISBURY, Md. – 2020 has been a tough year for non-profit organizations. They say COVID-19 has definitely impacted the way they give back to the community. “Some of the things we have seen that are down is we’re not getting hardly any appliances donated right now,” said Habitat for Humanity ReStore manager Lee Wise.
Wise says they’re also in need of cash donations and household wares like appliances and kitchen cabinets. Wise says if folks are planning on upgrading their appliances – they should consider donating their old ones to the ReStore.
While donations for those items are down, Wise says they’ve gotten creative with finding ways to keep funds coming in. That includes purchasing truckloads of furniture that were liquidated from other stores. “We also buy brand new truckloads of furniture now. That helps the store as you can see. But we get some brand new sofas, bathroom sink and vanity combinations,” said Wise.
Over at the HALO Bargain Center, Executive Director of HALO Ministry Celeste Savage says they’ve adapted by adhering to safety guidelines because keeping the community safe is a top priority. “When we were able to reopen we ensured the safety for everyone involved. I think if everyone takes the necessary precautions, then eventually this is going to get conquered,” said Savage.
Savage adds that the community’s continued support has been essential in the effort to keep providing for those in need. “The community has always been great. They still continue to give and we appreciate it. Obviously we feel that they understand the severity of this,” said Savage.