SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A non-profit organization is closing its doors after 50 years of helping Sacramento’s needy.

The Volunteer Center of Sacramento matched volunteers with businesses, schools and churches, threw birthday parties for homeless children, and donated food and gifts to needy families. It’s closing its doors after it lost state funding.

The center sold its assets Saturday to help with final costs.

“A lot of people put time and energy since 1962 into the community,” said Volunteer Center of Sacramento Chairman of the Board Mitch Darnell. “This has been $4.5 million dollars of services here in Sacramento and it’s all come to a close because of the California budget crisis.”

The center’s big source of income came from people who’d pay the center to do volunteer work for traffic tickets. Darnell says the state is now asking traffic violators to pay their tickets instead of volunteer.


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