Nonprofit seeing less donations due to pademic

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Apr. 13, 2020 at 5:21 PM CDT
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Many nonprofits continue to help those in need during this pandemic but many are seeing less financial support due to social distancing guidelines.

The Boys and Girls Club is a national nonprofit that relies heavily on donors to stay afloat.

The same goes for its Wiregrass branch in Dothan.

Thanks to social distancing guidelines due to COVID-19 Executive Director, Phillip Gilley says the flow of money has not been consistent.

“We have no kids at any of our locations so that’s gone away. We’re looking at 20% of that is automatically cut. And then with all of the businesses hurting and the economy hurting, we have seen our personal gifts, donations go way down,” Gilley said.

The Boys and Girls Club acts as an after school program where kids come to play and interact with one another.

That has not been the case for the last month.

“Here we don’t allow cell phones and you’re active, so you’re doing something. You’re outside they go out there, I think they’re missing a lot of that so physical activity is one thing,” Gilley said.

The club has some part-time volunteers, but they also have some paid staff.

Gilley says he has had to lay-off some employees due to the pandemic keeping kids at home.

“We’ve had to let them go ahead and get some relief from the government, yes,” he said.

Without donations regularly coming in to support the Boys and Girls Club, the organizations biggest concern is how to keep the doors open if social distancing guidelines were to stay in place for another 2 to 3 months.

“That would be a big blow to us for one, from an economic standpoint, but also from having our members here and having our kids here and doing what we’re put here to do and that is to impact a child,” Gilley said.

Gilley, much like the rest of the country cannot wait to be able to return to normal life as a society.

“That is going to be a good day. Like I said, that’s what I do. That’s what we love. That’s why we’re here, is to help those kids. So it’s going to be a great day when we can get them back,” Gilley concluded.

For information on how you can donate, visit the “Boys and Girls Clubs Wiregrass” Facebook page.