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Updated: June 30, 2020

Nonprofit news: $10K donation to Good Shepherd Food Bank, MANP member survey

To help fight food insecurity in Maine caused by the coronavirus crisis, Hussey Seating Co. has partnered with Good Shepherd Food Bank and has donated $10,000 to the nonprofit organization.

The North Berwick-based company said in a news release Monday it has also launched a virtual food drive and is matching all donations made by its 300-plus employees.

“We have participated in many food drives over my time at Hussey but this is our first virtual one,” said President and CEO Gary Merrill. “We believe it’s our duty as members of the Maine community to give back in times of need."

He said that while his business has been affected by the pandemic, it is "incredibly fortunate" not to have experienced to the level of economic hardships as many others in the community.

"I would challenge other business leaders in similar situations to do the same. Your neighbors are struggling," he said.

Good Shepherd Food Bank, headed by President Kristen Miale, estimates that $6.3 million in additional resources will be needed over a six-month period to help Mainers struggling with hunger during COVID-19. In March, Miale was named a 2020 Mainebiz Business Leader of the Year.

The needed resources are a combination of cash and food donations.

Survey to take stock of wages and benefits 

Elsewhere in the nonprofit world, the Maine Association of Nonprofits is calling on members and nonmembers alike to complete a survey of benefits and wages in 2020.

Responses are due by Aug. 21, and MANP plans to release results by year's end.

The last report painted a "concerning picture" for nonprofits and employees in 2018, finding that Maine nonprofit employees were worse off than in 2016.

Salaries did not keep up with inflation, while benefits calculated as a percentage of salary remained steady, the 2018 report found. It also found that employers' health care costs had increased significantly and that employees bore the brunt of those increases in rising employee contributions, co-pays and deductibles.

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