Nonprofits try to maintain services amid high demand, limited resources

Nonprofits try to maintain services amid high demand, limited resources

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As the number of coronavirus cases in Maine increases, nonprofits are trying to balance social distancing with social services. And while some programs have no choice but to shut down, others are critical to the emergency response in Maine and are trying to step up while managing already tight budgets and a decline in volunteers to work on the front lines.

“They need to be out there providing services at the same time they may be facing potential layoffs,” said Jennifer Hutchins, executive director of the Maine Association of Nonprofits. “They need to be taking care of people, and they need to be going to work at the same time our leaders are rightly encouraging people to stay home.”

Hutchins said nearly 3,000 charitable nonprofits in Maine file financial reports to the federal government on a regular basis. More than one-third work in the health and human services sector – taking care of people who are elderly, who have a disability or mental health challenges, who are food-insecure.

The impact of the coronavirus will vary by nonprofit.

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Lewiston Sun Journal

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