Donations help WRAP withstand state cuts

MARSHALL – Business is good for the Women’s Rural Advocacy Programs in Marshall, unfortunately. The non-profit organization provides services to victims of domestic violence in Lyon, Lincoln, Redwood and Yellow Medicine counties.

WRAP got hit with a 45 percent cut in funding for fiscal year 2013 and future state funding increases don’t appear on the horizon, said Karen Brady, the Lyon County program coordinator.

“We don’t have a glimmer of hope in seeing any increases,” she said.

The combination of increased need and reduced state funding isn’t good, but the organization has been helped out lately by the community.

“A lot of people in the community have stepped up and opened their hearts,” Brady said.

In addition to donations from community members, WRAP sponsored fundraisers including garage sales to try to make up the difference in its budget.

Local corporations have helped, too. WRAP recently received a $10,000 donation from the U.S. Bancorp Foundation.

The Foundation provides cash contributions to non-profit organizations.

“It’s not enough to make up for what we lost, but it is something to keep us going,” she said. “Thanks to U.S. Bancorp’s generosity, WRAP will be able to continue to provide services, and most importantly, safety, to victims of domestic violence and their children.”

Brady said she is in the process of looking for grants to supplement WRAP’s budget.

“It’s the same old struggle,” she said.

WRAP has already received $1,000 from the Southwest Initiative Foundation.

“That really helped us,” she said. “We are grateful for the money.”