As we take stock of our world over the past six-plus months, the impact of COVID is clear to see. Businesses big and small have shuttered, countless thousands of employees have been let go, and everyone struggles to adapt in a markedly different economic climate.
But nowhere has this financial crunch been felt so keenly as in the field of social work. Already strained and overburdened before COVID, support workers, caregivers, and disability services everywhere are feeling the strain, but none as much as the intended recipients of these services.
When community resources and enrichment programs are reduced, IDD individuals are the ones that suffer the most.
Tightening Our Belts
We hear it all the time as we move through economic downturns: “We all have to tighten our belts and get on with it.” And while this may be possible for some, it is not always possible for everyone.
Nonprofit organizations like Independent Living Association have long provided a strong backbone for servicing the disabled community. Now, under the financial crush exacerbated by COVID, these nonprofits are struggling to provide the essential services that many IDD individuals rely on.
For some, underfunding and staff shortages mean they cannot go out into the community, shop, explore, and be social. Others will have to do without assistance getting up in the morning, bathing, eating, taking medication, and engaging in mental and physical stimulation.
Folks with disabilities have always suffered the most during times of crisis. Unfortunately, the systems that serve them have never been sufficient—least of all right now, as we all struggle to keep our heads above water. Coping with COVID and staying out of harm’s way is difficult enough without having to worry about whether the services you depend on will be available.
With IDD services stretched far beyond capacity, and resources and staff thin on the ground, these financial struggles will impact the quality and availability of services for months and even years to come.
The Gift that Keeps on Giving
If you are looking to make a difference, there is no better way to do so than by supporting your community and everyone in it. Whether disability is an issue near and dear to your heart, or a need that is just entering your consciousness, there is no better time to donate.
Consider making a donation to support ILA and the disabled community. Single payments are welcomed, but regular financial gifts enable ILA to offer enriching, ongoing programs to our clientele, who so sorely need it.
Becoming a donor for a nonprofit organization like the Independent Living Association is crucial for the survival of these services. When you donate, you help us achieve our goal of supporting and assisting I/DD individuals in living a productive and fulfilled life. All donations go directly into funding programs and offerings that benefit the communities we serve.
If you would like to learn more about our organization or find out how you can get involved, reach out today.