Just like families everywhere, nonprofit agencies find the cost of day-to-day expenses rising.
Whether it’s payroll expenses, the price of fuel or the cost of paper for computer printers and copiers, it takes more money to keep up with the cost of doing business.
At the same time, the people the nonprofits help not only must cope with mounting expenses, they must do it with reduced hours or pay, or even without a job. While the economy may be recovering, the change isn’t coming quickly enough to help many local residents.
For example, one woman spent years giving money from each paycheck to help the agencies of the United Way of Johnson County. Then an injury forced her to cut back on work. She had to ask for help paying bills and meeting other household expenses from The Salvation Army, one of the agencies she had supported.