nonprofits: serving our county and paying living wages
According to the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, nonprofits provide 10% of the total number of jobs in our state, about the same as retail trade or manufacturing. Nonprofits provide essential services that the state, county, or town does not have funding and capacity to deliver.
Here in Orange County nonprofits help stock food pantries, build houses, support the arts, serve adults and children with disabilities, and so much more. Orange County is home to more than 300 nonprofits, whose employees comprise 46% of the total workforce.
Orange County Living Wage is proud to claim 29 of these nonprofits as certified living wage employers. 30, counting us.
As we approach the holidays and year’s end, consider donating to one of our living-wage-certified nonprofits. Demand for their services continues to increase, while funding is increasingly hard to find.
One of our nonprofit partners is Volunteers for Youth, a delinquency prevention program providing local youth with mentoring and support services. 233 Orange County youth participated in Volunteers for Youth’s teen court, community service, and mentoring programs in 2017.
“There are many more children and teens in Orange County in need of mentors than Volunteers for Youth is able to provide,” says Executive Director Susan Worley. “Our biggest challenge is finding funding to expand our mentoring program to meet the needs of all Orange County youth.”
Bridge II Sports certified as a living-wage employer in 2017 but has been providing adults and kids with a wide variety of adapted sports since 2012. Their work recognizes the value and potential of all lives so that “disability does not define people or outcomes,” says Bridge II Sports’ Missty Brogdon. “The variety of weekly programming and events lets us reach across social groups, levels of ability and life stages.”
Bridge II Sports’ Junior Thunder player tipping off during Carolina Winter Classic 2017.
Boomerang Youth works with middle and high school students who need extra support to stay on track in school and in their personal lives. Director of Operations Sonia Frishemeier is looking to expand after-school services for high school students in 2018, focusing on building college and career readiness.
“Reflecting on 2017, we are grateful for the many partnerships that came together collaboratively to meet the needs of over 300 youth across Orange County,” says Frishemeier.
We’re proud to claim these nonprofits as our partners in living wage advocacy. Find OCLW’s complete list of nonprofits in our employer directory. Donate to support and honor their work, which makes a difference every day in our community.