Minimum wage hike impacts local nonprofits

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New York State’s minimum wage hike can make things especially difficult for nonprofit organizations. 

As the minimum wage increases from $10.40 to $11.10 an hour, the director of the Corning Salvation Army’s Kids Cafe After-School Program, Mary Ellen Monahan, anticipates an increase in the Salvation Army’s budget. 

“It will affect it somehow, but it does put a real drain on the business operation,” Monahan said. 

The organization said they will wait to see how the minimum wage increase plays out and they will continue to plan accordingly into the spring. From there, the organization will see what necessary changes have to be made. 

In the meantime, the free after-school program that serves about 100 area children with food, tutoring and crafts, will continue as is. 

Monahan said the Salvation Army will look into all avenues available for greater financial support. 

Currently, the Salvation Army is funded through the United Way along with a number of grants and donations.

The organization said they are looking for more donations to help fund the work they continue to do throughout the community. 

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