Tuesday is Permian Basin Gives, a day of giving that goes directly towards the charities and non-profits here in West Texas.
The event, organized by several foundations, is meant to help the non-profits that struggled during the pandemic. Odessa Arts Executive Director Randy Ham explains:
“So as the organizations were closed, they weren’t getting the revenue that they were, and they had to reinvent and still offer things to the public.”
For example, CASA of the Permian Basin Area, a non-profit that advocates for foster children in Ector, Crane, Ward and Winkler Counties.
Ham especially feels the economic weight of the pandemic, as the arts were quickly deemed non-essential.
“The arts were one of the first things to shut down and we’ll probably be one of the last things to open back up.” Ham says.
Charities and non-profits that have had to stay open are also dealing with the impact. West Texas Food Bank Executive Director Libby Campbell says “we’re having to purchase more food right now than we’ve ever had to purchase in the almost 10 years that I’ve been here.”
This economic instability comes at the time where Campbell says they are serving more than ever.
“In the month of July we did 502,000 pounds of food in 2019. This July we did 1.2 million pounds of food.”
Permian Basin Gives is hoping to ease some of the instability with help from the community. In addition to the donations, some organizations have teamed up with a donor to match a certain amount of money.
All 109 non-profits involved in the event tomorrow are located right here in West Texas. To donate or learn more visit their website permianbasingives.org
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