This year’s Roanoke Valley Gives online fundraising campaign on March 18 collected more than $715,000 for nonprofit organizations in the Roanoke Valley with a large portion of that going to several at Smith Mountain Lake.
Lake Christian Ministries received the second highest amount of donations in all of the Roanoke Valley. The nonprofit collected $44,990 during the day plus an additional $5,000 for raising the most for a mid-sized nonprofit and an additional $500 for raising the most during the noon hour.
Jane Winters, LCM executive director, said second place is the highest the nonprofit has ever ranked in overall totals. Roanoke Catholic School placed first with a fundraising total of $90,450.
“We didn’t know if it would go well,” Winters said of the one-day fundraiser. The COVID-19 pandemic forced Lake Christian Ministries and other nonprofits to cancel an event at the Franklin County Family YMCA on the day of the fundraiser.
Winters said COVID-19 fears and the canceled event may have had some impact on the amount raised. Even so, Lake Christian Ministries was able to raise just over the nonprofit’s fundraising total last year.
“We are thrilled we did as well as we did in lieu of everything going on,” Winters said.
Franklin County Humane Society placed 15th in overall donations with a total of $13,515. While short of its $25,000 goal, adoption center director Anita Scott said they were glad to get what they did.
Scott said the amount of donations for all nonprofits was likely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as people are fearful to leave their homes and fearful of losing their jobs.
The $715,000 raised this year during Roanoke Valley Gives was short of its goal of $800,000. The amount is also more than $100,000 less than what was raised last year at $823,000.
Other local nonprofits that benefited from this year’s Roanoke Valley Gives included Children’s Assistive Technology Service, which raised $15,235; SML Good Neighbors, which raised $11,445; The Agape Center, which raised $8,850; Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue, which raised $8,245; Free Clinic of Franklin County, which raised $4,175; Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center, which raised $3,950; Franklin County Family YMCA, which raised $3,525; and Stepping Stone Mission of Franklin County, which raised $300.