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Contributed photos from the United Way Long lines of cars and people formed for a Food Drop organized by the United Way's Community Impact Coalition at the New Life Christian Church in Alexandria this past summer. Local nonprofit organizations have noticed an increased demand for their services and assistance during the recent economic slump.

Nonprofits under pressure

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Many businesses and corporations have felt the tug and pull of the economic recession on their well-being in the past year.

Businesses have been forced to make cutbacks. Jobs, wages and community involvement are among the things that some businesses have had to eliminate to survive during this trying time.

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Where does that leave volunteer organizations? Non-profit entities base themselves on the goal of making a difference in the community by helping people in need.

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