HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s been 70 years since the United Way of Madison County set out on a mission to help those who need it most. But this year, their efforts were made harder thanks to the government shutdown.
“I think all of us in the nonprofit world were worried by the shutdown. And especially in a community like Huntsville, where so much is linked to the government, we will feel the impact,” says United Way of Madison County President and CEO Wendy Kirk.
Nationwide, nonprofits are reporting sluggish charitable giving in the wake of the shutdown earlier this month, according to a nonprofit advocacy group who monitors nonprofit activities.
In the Tennessee Valley, the United Way supports organizations like Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the American Red Cross. Kirk says if it was not for the shutdown, the organization would have been on course for meeting their fundraising goals. Now, she is not sure they will meet the full goal.
“We won’t know for sure for another six months or so, but we do know this is a very charitable community, with CEO’s who understand the need that is here and I think they will come through for us, just like they have in the past,” Kirk added.