We have officially entered Spring and Summer is right around the corner. Kids are starting to count the days until the end of school, some families are planning summer vacations, and water parks are on a hiring binge. There was an old song that had a line “It’s summertime and the living is easy.”
Unfortunately for some children, summertime doesn’t mean vacations and water parks. It means hunger. Because for far too many children, when there is no school there is no lunch. And often no breakfast. Too many children in our nation only get to eat three meals a day through free and reduced meal programs. So, for them, summer isn’t easy living at all.
It is critically important therefore that we make sure that programs and services provided by the nonprofit sector are fully supported and funded during that time.
And that is the second part of the problem. For most charitable organizations, and I know for St. Vincent de Paul Georgia for sure, the spring and summer months are the lowest months for income from donations. A lot of people are on vacation and don’t keep up regular monthly giving, some people are saving for vacations, and some just don’t get around to it. That hurts nonprofits like SVdP Georgia and others.
So, as the summer approaches, try and make a plan to help those most in need during a time of need. Contact the human service organizations and set up a monthly donation program (you can do it right on our website) or maybe send three or four checks each post-dated for the summer months. Put each in its own envelope and write a note to the charity telling them to deposit each in its designated timeframe (if they won’t do that you need to find a new charity to support). Or come up with some other approach.
Let’s make sure that kids can enjoy their summer break, not suffer through it.
SVDP Donation page http://bit.ly/2ovbOue