(St.Joseph,MO) For years the AFL- CIO has been providing information, aid and referrals on everything from medical care to providing gas when people are stuck on the road. Now, their services may not be as easy to come by thanks to big cuts in their funding.
"We're about $18,000 down so in the next week or so we're going to have to sit down and figure out how we're going to cut services, unfortunately," AFL-CIO Director Penny Adams said.
Their office recently received a letter from the HUD Community Development Block Grant review stating they would not receive the same $19,000 in funding that they have been receiving for past two years. Instead the organization will receive $10,000 to support their programs.
Prior to the cut, the Community Block Grant helped fund the organization’s Help Hotline Program.
AFL-CIO Marketing and Fund Development Coordinator Nichi Yeager said the hotline focuses on helping senior citizens in the community.
"[The program has] turned into seniors who need assistance with utility bills or medication and don't know where to turn if they cant call us," Yeager said.
The AFL-CIO also lost funding from the United Way, which makes fundraising vital.
Yeager said donations are harder to get for the Help Hotline program, because other programs give donors more instant gratification. If the program can't raise enough funds, the Hotline will have to scale back when it's services are available.
The AFL-CIO also lost it's bingo fundraiser last year. For more information or to make a donation to the AFL-CIO, contact Penny Adams at (816) 364-1131.
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