As the coronavirus crisis continues deep into 2020, things are looking dire for many organizations and individuals. On a corporate level, revenue losses are mounting and companies are making huge personnel and spending cuts to stay afloat. Even government workers aren’t protected from pandemic fallout, as the Washington Post shows in their data on state and local governments which are scrambling to redo their budgets in an attempt to maintain services and jobs, although unemployment is mounting across the board. Most of all, individuals are struggling to make ends meet, especially for those who have lost jobs or been furloughed. With the $2.2 Trillion CARES Act losing funding July 31 and no extension in sight, tens of millions of american families will lose this extra but vital portion of unemployment aid.
Aiding Families supporting disabled loved ones
Even those who still have jobs have dealt with increased responsibilities at work while dealing with pay cuts due to deficits and layoffs. It’s no surprise that people are suffering during these tumultuous times, financially and otherwise. But as hard as it is to pay one’s own way right now, it’s even more difficult for those supporting loved ones and family members who make no income at all. Those acting as caregivers or at least financially supporting a homebound loved one have to worry about affording their own necessities along with the services and types of care that make everyday living possible for their loved ones.
Funding essential services
For the disabled and homebound, groceries and a roof over their head aren’t the only necessities that matter. Multiple professionals may be involved in helping a disabled person function day-to-day. Certified Nurses Assistants (CNAs), medical assistants, Home Health Assistants (HHA) and non-certified aids are all vital to helping people function and thrive when they’re confined to their bed or home. But being able to afford specialized home and personal care from any type of professional isn’t optional; it’s the only way countless Americans are able to get out of bed, get dressed, eat, and live their lives every day. On top of their own costs of living, families with disabled loved ones must find a way to pay for home care for their loved ones. These services aren’t inexpensive, and many receivers of such care and their loved ones are struggling to keep up financially, especially considering the current climate.
Helping nonprofits continue their missions
Even as individuals, families and communities are calling on nonprofits for assistance now more than ever, the foundations providing help are themselves dangerously low on funds. Betsy Morris of the Wall Street Journal highlights this fact in her article, speaking about one particular nonprofit that has “been forced to cancel two of its three fundraising events: a spring luncheon and a 15-year anniversary celebration in May. Its Blue Jean gala in October is up in the air. Together the three events would have funded between a third and half the charity’s $600,000 annual operating budget; some of its donors are hurting, too.” Corporate donors are another large source of revenue for nonprofit organizations, but corporations are having to consider laying off employees, so nonprofit giving is often the first thing to go when cutting spending.
Please Donate today
It’s clear that very few if any are going through the current situation unaffected. But how can you or your company help in a meaningful and effective way? It’s hard to know who to help these days since so many people are in need, but you can certainly do your part by donating to a vetted nonprofit that has the tools and operations in place to really aid those who need it. If you are fortunate enough to be in a position to help right now, do what you can by donating to the Live Care Foundation today. We’ll ensure that every penny goes towards helping disabled persons afford the essential services they need.