LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — In March, Easter Seals Arkansas had to furlough ninety employees and close several of its schools due to the pandemic. But things are looking much brighter for the non-profit since then.
The COVID-19 pandemic hit non-profits hard. Easter Seals, a program that provides services for kids and adults with disabilities, was hit especially hard
“We had to close our preschool in Little Rock and in Stuttgart. We had to close our adult center,” says Kathryn Horton, Easter Seals Arkansas
Many employees had to be furloughed, but since then, they’ve been able to reopen many of their services and provide vital services for Arkansans.
“Closing programs meant we lost a lot of money. We did receive money from the government recently, which has been helpful,” Horton adds.
They’re hoping the community can help them continue to recover, with a big fundraiser coming up. ‘Walk with Me’ is a yearly event celebrating Easter Seals and raising money.
“It’s a lot of our Easter Seals clients and families, and a lot of the communities who support us,” explains Horton.
It’s happening again this year, but this time it’s a virtual walk.
“It’s really simple. You can do a walk on your own, or a run on your own,” Horton says.
The virtual event ends with a car parade and awards on September 19. They hope the community can donate and help a very beloved cause in the state.
“We’re struggling just like everyone in the non-profit world, so giving now means more than ever,” she says.
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