Editorial: A Greater Challenge

As we head into the final weeks of a tumultuous 2020, volunteers at numerous nonprofits will be gearing up for another push to help meet the needs of their neighbors. 

The holiday effort to collect, assemble and distribute hundreds of meals and thousands of gifts is never a small feat. But this year the challenge will be even greater.

It is important to recognize that the increased demand for services facing our community nonprofits comes as many of them also are experiencing the erosion of their economic foundations. Events relied upon to raise millions of dollars in donations have been canceled. Income-producing programs and services have been shuttered. Staff members have put their own health at risk working on the front lines. 

While some organizations lament not being able to do more this year, others face the prospect of not surviving to see the post-COVID rebound. 

There is still time to make a difference, but there won’t be a fancy gala or a challenging 5K to help spur your contribution. Many nonprofits will be participating in next week’s Giving Tuesday global fundraising campaign and they may reach out in hope of meeting their goals. For others, you may need to seek them out to find ways you can help. 

There are times when Loudoun families need the support of a local charity. Now is a time when Loudoun charities need the support of local families. 

Our county has been blessed by its dedicated and innovative coalition of charities. We can little afford for that safety net to weaken during this crisis.

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