Challenges: Local nonprofits could use your help

While many of us are enjoying the slower pace of summer — no school, vacations, trips to the pool or park — the folks running our local nonprofit organizations are working as hard as ever, and are facing challenges that seem to have increased during this time of year.

Most recently, House to Home, a day shelter at 413 Eighth St., Parkersburg, was victimized by an alleged arsonist, who targeted the outbuilding where the organization stores donations of appliances and furniture, as well as the Christmas decorations for the shelter, two grills used to make lunches on Fridays, and two propane tanks (which did not ignite in the fire).

“It was full of donations,” said director of operations Jessy Towner. The furniture, TVs and appliances in the outbuilding were meant to be used by clients who had found a secure place to live and ready to move on from use of the day shelter.

Those interested in helping House to Home recover from this senseless act can call 304-893-5353.

But they are not the only nonprofit being targeted. Other organizations have had donations stolen, property damaged, air conditioning units destroyed and stripped of copper. And these challenges come at a time of year when the donations — financial and otherwise — that come pouring in during the holiday season are beginning to be stretched to their limits.

Do not forget, ladies and gentlemen, the need may be front and center in our minds at Thanksgiving or Christmas times, but it never goes away. Men, women and children are just as desperate for a hand up in July as they are in December. And the nonprofit organizations of the Mid-Ohio Valley do their best to meet those needs, all year long.

These are not lazy days, for them. Consider what you can do to help them, now.