Senate committee to discuss COVID-19’s impact on service organizations

SHIPPENSBURG – In order to understand the full impact that COVID-19 and the Governor’s shutdown orders have had on local veterans’ clubs, charitable and service organizations, the Senate Majority Policy Committee is hosting a workshop discussion at the Shippensburg Legion on September 15.

The workshop is being held at the request of Senator Doug Mastriano (R-Adams/Cumberland/Franklin/York).

“Charitable organizations, such as veterans and non-profit groups, are pillars in our communities and exemplify the virtues of volunteerism,” said Mastriano. “Unfortunately, many of these important clubs have closed their doors because they have been unable to cope with the Governor’s draconian mandates. As state lawmakers, we need to do everything possible to help our clubs rebound from the pandemic. When clubs thrive, so do our communities.”

During Governor Wolf’s shutdown, many non-profits needed to keep their employees and volunteers home. With limited opening capacity guidelines from the Wolf administration, many of these organizations continue to struggle both economically and with their mission to help assist their communities.

“It should come as no surprise that many of our local nonprofits including our veterans’ clubs and service organizations have taken a huge financial blow from both the pandemic and the Governor’s shutdown orders,” said Majority Policy Chair Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks). “The Governor’s one-size-fits-all approach has battered employers and employees across the Commonwealth – even in areas where the spread of COVID-19 has been dramatically lower than major urban areas like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The most tragic thing facing our non-profits is that these executive orders have put a huge roadblock between them and their goal to help reinvest in their communities.”

The workshop will take place on Tuesday, September 15 at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to watch the event live on the Majority Policy Committee’s website.

More information can be found on the committee’s website at

Contact: Joshua J. Paul – Executive Director, PA Senate Majority Policy Committee