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Rescue Mission CEO gets dunked for cause

"Our shelter is full and we are seeing more people and new faces at our dining facility, clothing giveaway program and thrift stores," said LaDolce, who also said the organization, like others, is getting hit with higher utility bills, fuel surcharges from food vendors and cost increases in health insurance.

"We are okay to date," he said referring to donations. "But donations traditionally fall off during the summer, and the fourth quarter of the calendar year is our critical time to raise support and a time where the need is often the greatest. So we don't know in the current economy what the future holds as far as resources."

Unlike national charities such as the Salvation Army or the Red Cross, every Rescue Mission is autonomous -- they develop their own programs and raise their own support.

"We mainly rely on individual contributions," LaDolce said.

In addition to individual donations and the sales from the 13 thrift stores, revenue is also raised through its auto donation program, corporate involvement, school and other drives, and special events."

On Sunday July 20, the Rescue Mission will be holding its signature event, Ride for the Rescue, at the Syracuse Inner Harbor. The event is a bicycling tour fundraiser where people can support the cause as a rider, virtual rider or volunteer. More information can be found at Rideforthe Rescue.org.

Additionally, visit rmsyr.org to find out more about the not-for-profit organization's services, volunteerism, employment opportunities or to make a donation.

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