High gas prices cause concerns for nonprofits across LI
Some nonprofits across Long Island say they are spending so much money on gas that some of their programs could be in jeopardy.
One of those nonprofits, Life's WORC, rely on vans to transport the people they serve. Bigger vehicles cost more to fill up, which could force the service that helps those with intellectual disabilities and autism, to scale back on transportation and other services.
Garden City resident Vanessa Rogan's 26-year-old son is on the autism spectrum and participates in a day program. He also lives in a Life's WORC group home.
"The van life is critical for these guys to be able to have a productive and full day," Rogan says.
Nonprofits say gas expenses have gone up 25% and they don't have a way to offset the cost.
RISE Life Services, which serves the developmentally and physically disabled, is also struggling.
"We provide day services where they come to get art, dance, music and so forth," says Charles Evdos, executive director of RISE Life Services. "We may have to cut that back and unfortunately children who age out over 21 will probably have to stay in front of a TV."
Nonprofits tell News 12 they are increasing fundraising efforts and they don't want to have to cut programs.