ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Coronavirus concerns aren’t stopping this year’s Roanoke Valley Gives fundraiser. The early giving period has alreay seen a large number of donations, already $100,000.
At midnight on Mar. 18, the Community Foundation hopes for record numbers. Their goal is $800,000, which is a number the foundation hit in 2019 and is hopeful to hit again in 2020.
“Nonprofits need this money and support now more than ever with the challenges they are facing, and we’re hoping that the community can come together online and show their support through the website,” said Grants Associate with the Community Foundation (the group that puts on Roanoke Valley Gives) Kaitlyn Van Buskirk.
With the Coronavirus, the Community Foundation isn’t worried because all of their giving is being done online this year, no telethon, no large gatherings, just the staff and a few sponsors stationed at the foundation’s headquarters in Downtown Roanoke.
“It’s all done online, which is on thing that is really good,” said Van Buskirk. “Unfortunately, the situation (COVID-19) is terrible, but because it’s all online and most of the organizations actually get out to their donors through email or phone calls then we really aren’t affected as much in that way.”
Community Foundation organizers are aware of how the spread of the Coronavirus has affected many jobs in the Roanoke Valley, and they’re asking anyone with a few dollars to spare to make it count in the giving period.
“We understand that people’s priorities are shifting a little bit right now, but since this is online and a lot of people are stuck at home right now they can still go to the website,” Van Buskirk said. “Our minimum donation is just ten dollars, so even if the situation is affecting you directly, it’s still a great way for you to give ten dollars and really make a difference to some of these organizations.”
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