A nearly five-month budget impasse has pushed Pennsylvania’s nonprofits to the brink. Forced to cut services, lay off critical staff and double their caseloads, these organizations are doing all they can to continue serving our state’s most vulnerable residents. While we are heartened that that latest news reports indicate there may be progress toward an agreement, we want to be sure that the negotiations deliver results as quickly as possible, and that state officials act on reforms to the budget process.
But what if nonprofits were to shut down?
Starting Nov. 12, The Pittsburgh Foundation, the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership will be asking Pennsylvania’s human services nonprofits and their supporters to create an online “impact blizzard” in order to overwhelm lawmakers’ social media channels. This impact blizzard will empower nonprofits and the people they serve to state exactly what they do each year to help Pennsylvanians lead safe, happy, productive lives.
Over this two-week period, we will demonstrate how a nonprofit services impact the citizens of Pennsylvania if the current budget process in Harrisburg persists.
Using the hashtag #PAPeopleCount, share what would happen if your organization closed its doors. What are the services that will no longer be provided? How many families, individuals or children will be impacted? Where will they go? http://www.papeoplecount.org/