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Private donations help Roanoke non-profit replace public funds

Published On: Jul 02 2013 07:42:43 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 03 2013 11:04:16 AM EDT

The group got a $15,000 check from Wells Fargo on Tuesday.


As government dollars disappear, many non-profits in southwestern Virginia are counting on private donations of time and money to help them fill the gap.

Volunteers from Wells Fargo have been helping out at Trust House, a Roanoke agency that provides shelter and other services for homeless veterans, families and individuals.

Tuesday afternoon, the company also presented a check for $15 thousand.

Dee O'Donnell is the Wells Fargo Regional President in western Virginia. " It makes us feel good that we're able to do something to help people in the Roanoke community," O'Donnell told us.
"Government funding is shrinking and some of it is going away in these times," said Trust House Executive Director Ali Hamed-Moore. " In this current fiscal year, we're going to lose about $35 thousand in federal funding and so private donations are critical to keeping us afloat," she said.
Wells Fargo volunteers have been painting, landscaping, cleaning and assembling cabinets. Trust House is using the company's financial contribution to pay for replacement windows.