CNY Nonprofits Struggle Amid Pandemic, Optimistic About Future

CNY Nonprofits Struggle Amid Pandemic, Optimistic About Future

By Ken Sturtz The main dining room of the Clarence L. Jordan Food Service and Culinary Education Center in Syracuse seen during a holiday celebration for clients last year. In 2019, the Rescue Mission completed a $5.8 million expansion of the facility, which serves meals year round to anyone in need. During the pandemic, the Mission has had to adjust how it serves up to 700 meals a day to clients to ensure everyone’s health and safety. As the COVID-19 virus upended day-to-day life and plunged Americans into financial calamity, nonprofits sprang to action: emergency food, mental health care, medical treatment, social services, education, even safeguarding cultural and historic treasures. While the pandemic has affected everyone, the plight of nonprofit organizations has been somewhat less noticeable. Nearly every Central New York nonprofit — from major hospitals and universities, to food pantries and museums — has felt the pressure. “The nonprofit sector was under and is under completely unprecedented stressors,” says Frank Ridzi, vice president of community investment at the Central New York Community Foundation. Many organizations have seen demand for their services skyrocket. Ohers have struggled to provide services amid the pandemic. The financial strain has been especially difficult, Ridzi

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