After the biggest shopping weekend of the year, millions of Americans celebrate Giving Tuesday—a day for families and communities to come together and give back and help those in need. A lot of charities are asking for your support on this day. Here’s how you can change lives in your community when you choose to give a financial gift to Evergreen Life Services.
In eight states throughout America, Evergreen proudly serves over 1,100 persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Evergreen receives funding from state programs to care for the people we serve, however, the funds we receive do not adequately pay for essential and critical needs such as specialized wheelchairs, some types of dental care and/or medical care and adaptive equipment. Additionally, some of our most innovative programs rely on funds received from non-government sources, such as our highly popular cultural arts centers and our horticultural programs. To provide these essential programs that teach basic life skills and job training, we must raise funds throughout the year to cover these ever-increasing costs.
In addition to our regular program expenses in 2020, millions of dollars in unplanned expenses has made the need to raise funds more critical than ever. Through this COVID-19 pandemic, we have paid our staff members overtime and incentive pay. These costs were not in our budget and now exceed $2.5 million. We expect this number to continue to climb until a vaccine can be distributed to all persons served and staff members.
Hurricane Laura caused such severe damage that we still have residents who have not been able to return to their homes. Evergreen must cover the cost of these prolonged evacuations and overtime for staff members who are heroically spending weeks away from their families to take care of the people we serve.
Every dollar you donate to Evergreenls.org helps support the individuals we serve with the highest quality of care. Your support of our work says you believe you can make a big difference for each individual served in our dynamic and engaging programs. We invite you to become part of the solution!
Whether your support is helping us to recoup some of our hurricane and COVID-19 expenses, providing art supplies for our cultural arts programs, or helping to fund our dental program for individuals who need dental surgery not covered by Medicaid, your donation is so appreciated and critical! All these items are meaningful and essential ways to give to the Evergreen community, a community where EVERYONE MATTERS!