The local charities participated by manning aid stations along the route of a marathon and half-marathon in downtown Asheville in September. The volunteers were promised $500 per aid station. Some local organizations manned several aid stations, expecting a corresponding payment. With about 50 organizations participating, the total amount of money at stake is about $25,000. The reason given for the delay in payment from Lend-A-Hand? An “accounting error.”
The organizations were counting on that money to meet expenses before year’s end. Several are duly upset. Here’s a comment from an Ashvegas reader about the situation:
I am so disappointed in all this and will never volunteer for the Citizen Times Marathon again. We received a letter that “due to accounting issues” our non-profit will not be paid till 2014. Our non-profit, stood in the cold for 6 hours to man an aid station, will not be paid till nexy year. The race was at the end of September, This effects over 50+ organizations that are barely hanging on. There will be a petition circulating soon for everyone at our school to cancel their subscription. Thanks for nothing Citizen Times, screwing over your own community once again.