Giving Tuesday can help
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – As we wrap up one of the biggest holiday shopping seasons, with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, we now continue with Giving Tuesday. Community nonprofits are asking for your help with donations, so they can continue to do the work they are doing in our city. CASA is one such non-profit organization.
“CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and we are a local non-profit organization that recruits and trains community volunteers who then advocate for abused and neglected children in juvenile courts,” said Dawn Rockey, executive director of CASA Lancaster county .
CASA is just one of 64 non-profit organizations in our region that benefit from a donation to the Centraide TCHAD campaign.
“We collect money at community workplaces and then distribute it to our charities,” said Mark Feit Lincoln, director of CHAD.
The organizations that benefit your donations meet a variety of needs.
“It also includes things like mental health for places like Hope Spoke. In education, we fund after-school programs like the lighthouse, but we also fund mentorship programs to help kids complete their education like Big Brothers Big Sisters. Financial security includes things like making sure you have a place to live and therefore the mission of the city of the people. Also be safe from things like domestic violence with friendship at home. So the charities that many people have heard of are benefiting from our campaign, ”Feit said.
The pandemic has brought hard times for a lot of people, and nonprofits have definitely felt that strain.
“A lot of our charities have seen their needs increase by 30, 40, 50 percent, coupled with an 80 percent decrease in the money they’ve been able to raise,” Feit said.
CASA is one of the non-profit organizations that see the need for its services increasing.
“The pandemic has not been kind to child victims of abuse. In 2020, we pleaded for 20% more children than in 2019. We are between 5 and 8% ahead of those numbers for 2021, ”said Rockey.