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Consider volunteering at local charities

The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on just about everyone, including not only individuals but also big and small businesses and organizations.

Charitable organizations have taken a particularly hard hit due to the pandemic.

Surprisingly, however, many local Miss-Lou charitable organizations said monetary donations have not been as much of a problem through the pandemic as getting volunteer manpower has been.

Some of the most affected local charitable organizations by the manpower shortage have been the Stewpot, the Natchez-Adams County Humane Society and the local Habitat for Humanity, which all depend on volunteer labor.

Many people who volunteer for such organizations in the Miss-Lou are of an older, retired demographic which also is the demographic that is at the highest risk for contracting COVID-19. Therefore, it is understandable they are not available to help during the pandemic.

Just because social distancing guidelines and restrictions to help limit the spread of COVID-19 are being lifted does not mean some of those individuals are safe to return to their volunteer endeavors so the likelihood is great that the manpower shortage will continue.

If you are not among the most vulnerable population and have some spare time, we encourage you to consider stepping up to help those charitable organizations during this time of need.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is when our community is most at need for the services rendered by those organizations and we could all use your help.