More than one-third of U.S. nonprofits are in jeopardy of closing within two years because of the financial harm inflicted by the viral pandemic, according to a study being released Wednesday by the philanthropy research group Candid and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
Of the many people who sought aid from Beth-el Missionary Baptist Church in Starkville over the last few months, two of them stuck out particularly to Ricky Howard, who helps run the church’s food pantry: a husband and wife, both of whom had been laid off from their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and had three children at home they had to take care of.
Candy Crecink, the executive director of the United Way of North Central Mississippi, saw something astounding when volunteers collected donations for the branch’s May Day food drive on May 1, held in the name of COVID-19 relief.
Steve Greenough and Carla Formel stood behind a table employed for social distancing, each wearing face masks, as they waited for people to arrive for lunch at Loaves and Fishes in Columbus on Monday.
Every month, Helping Hands director Nancy Guerry sees anywhere from 50 to 200 individuals seeking one-time financial or food assistance come through her doors.
Eight local nonprofits received grants at the Exchange Club of Columbus’ weekly meeting at Lion Hills Center Thursday.
A smorgasbord of options and lower prices for consumers were two of the chief selling points for President Barack Obama as he promoted his overhaul of the nation’s health insurance industry, predicting Americans would see “competition in ways we haven’t seen before.”
The Columbus Exchange Club saw the culmination of a year’s worth of fundraising Thursday as it passed out more than $8,000 in grants to local non-profit organizations.