Real leaders acted amid state fiasco over budget |

Real leaders acted amid state fiasco over budget

While state lawmakers argued over an overdue budget for the past few months, funding for nonprofits that provide important services to Nevada County dried up.

Many folks blamed their state leaders for the mess and some stepped forward to help keep the services operating, to the benefit of our community.

Don Mabon, 75, delivers meals to home-bound seniors and gets mileage reimbursements for his trouble – or at least he did until the state budget impasse. He also does a bit of driving for some other groups and collects about $50 a month normally.

Mabon, who’s on a fixed income, admitted the state budget impasse created a pinch for him, but he vowed to hang in there because folks were counting on him.

Mabon was not alone.

Neighborhood Center of the Arts also ran into trouble after the budget crisis until they were rescued by benefactors. The center, which provides services for the developmentally disabled, was forced to close its doors as the money ran out.

The closure was short-lived, however, because the owners of Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty volunteered to guarantee a $15,000 loan for the organization.

The center also managed to snare a $10,000 grant from the California Wellness Foundation, $6,750 from the MacPhail Family Foundation, and $3,800 in donations from the community, said Ellen Persa, the group’s executive director.

To help other nonprofits reeling from the budget crisis, Nevada County supervisors directed county staff to devise some short-term assistance. As a result, the High Noon Senior Meals program in Grass Valley was approved for a loan of $14,080 and the Del Oro Caregiver program, also based in Grass Valley, was approved for a $5,612 loan.

No doubt there were other benefactors who came forward to keep community services operating, making contributions of their money and time. There may not even be room in this space to name individually. All of those folks deserve our thanks for helping our community.

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