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Non-Profits struggle , local businesses step up

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Many non-profit organizations are struggling.  They depend on grants and donations and both are dwindling.

One business in Thomasville recognizes the importance of charities and is stepping up to help one volunteer group.

Hands on Thomas County acts as the support system for various non-profit organizations in the county.

"When a nonprofit has a volunteer need, they can call on us and we pull together volunteers," said Casey Dyksterhouse, Exectutive Director of Hands on Thomas county.

They also provide a helping hand in times of need. Last month when tornadoes hit Thomasville hard, they played a big role in disaster assistance.

"Last Saturday we had 40 individuals that came out and we cleared 3 lots of homeowners that were elderly or disabled," she said.

But now the group known for helping others needs help. Grants and donations are down.

"Normally we do one fundraiser a year. But this year because of the economy, Cafe Merebella came to us and said they would host a fundraiser for us so tonight we're having a wine and cheese fundraiser," said Dyksterhouse.

"We're donating everything tonight to Hands on Thomas County. Wine, food..." said owner of Cafe Merebella Tony Lang.

Café Merebella opened in Thomasville two years ago. They've seen success, but like everyone else, recently starting feeling the pinch.

But even that doesn't stop them from giving back to the community.

"Charities are hurting. And if we can pull together and coordinate our resources we can help keep charities alive," said Lang.

A little hope that even in tough economic times, the spirit of giving and volunteering is still alive and well.

The wine tasting event cost 30 dollars a person.  They still have a few spots left tonight. It starts at 6pm.  Feedback

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