Clark County fireworks ban turns off nonprofit fundraisers

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A number of nonprofits have started to feel the impact of the Clark County fireworks ban.

About 20 groups are estimated to have canceled their fireworks sale fundraising events, according to local fundraising groups. This has left many organizations in need of support as they struggle to adapt to the ban and find new ways to fund their programs.

Corey McEnry, group director for Hockinson High School, explained that after careful consideration, the Hockinson High School Music Club could not “in good faith” move forward with their plans to continue. the annual fireworks fundraising booth.

McEnry said it was not an easy decision to make. Typically, the fireworks booth raises up to $ 10,000 per year, and its loss had a big impact on the music program. To add to this, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hockinson’s music program has lost approximately $ 80,000 in revenue due to event cancellations and other fundraisers throughout the year. year.

Funds from previous years have gone to the music program to help support equipment, uniforms and other miscellaneous items.

McEnry says he informed people on social media of the cancellation and asked for just one request: to help support and donate to the music program. In 24 hours, they raised almost $ 5,000.

“We are very touched by the support and it is a testament to our community’s dedication to the music program,” said McEnery.

Raymond Woodson Jr. of the Vancouver Pentecostals Church said the impact of the fireworks ban has been huge on local churches. Most churches live on a tight budget, and not having the support of fireworks fundraisers has left them in dire need.

Funds from their booths go to various projects, including youth ministries and summer camps. They also help people suffering from natural disasters around the world and support low-income students who want to go to college. These programs are now in jeopardy due to low funding.

“We’re just going to hope for the best,” said Woodson.

Beau Leech hosts a fireworks booth, and Leech says they typically earn around $ 250,000, with 10% of those profits going to the Recall Club which helps fund Boy Scout Troops, Veterans Affairs and Native American affairs.

Leech then added that the cancellation would cost him a quarter of a million dollars. As of yet, they have no clear plan on what they will do to recover from the ban.

“This decision will crush our fundraising efforts,” Leech said.

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