LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-As many businesses struggle to find employees, nonprofits are struggling to find volunteers. Lafayette Urban Ministry says pre-COVD-19 they had around 3,200 volunteers. Last year in 2020 they had around 2,000. This year they are on track to have an even lower number of people volunteering their time. As increased unemployment benefits will soon no longer be available and the eviction moratorium coming to an end soon, LUM is predicting their services will be in high demand. Wes Tillett the executive Director of LUM says the lack of volunteers has affected them financially.
"We've had to hire the help we need that volunteers would often do," said Tillett. "It definitely affects us psychologically as well feeling like we are doing the work alone rather than having as much community support as we use to have."
Tillet says they need volunteers to do everything from serve meals to answer phones. If you would like to volunteer to you can learn how to do so by clicking here.