Gift allows furloughed staff to return to D.C. nonprofit
Furloughed staff returned to the Latin American Youth Center today thanks to a donation from Capital One.
With contract reimbursements on hold due to the federal government shutdown, LAYC had insufficient cash to operate at full capacity. Last week the Columbia Heights nonprofit, which offers youth development services to 5,000 children each year, announced it had reduced its operations to essential services.
The $250,000 gift from Capital One will restore the charity’s usual programming, which includes job training, education and mentoring.
“Knowing how important it is to ensure continuity of supportive programs like homeless services and supports, afterschool programs, and workforce development training for at-risk youth and their families, we felt it was vital to help LAYC continue to serve the region through this difficult time,” said Jon Witter, Capital One’s president of retail and direct banking, in a statement. Capital One has been a longtime partner of the youth center.
It’s one of a crop of stories surfacing about philanthropists, businesses and other groups coming to aid of the nonprofit sector, which has seen detrimental financial impacts from the government shutdown.
Just last week, a Houston-based couple, Laura and John Arnold, gave $10 million in emergency funds to reopen Headstart programs in six states.