Community Cares Fund close to $30K goal

Economic assistance to be distributed in the fall

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How to help

To donate to the Community Cares Fund, visit www.yvcf.org and click on the "Donate Now" link. Under the "Local Nonprofit Funds" pull-down menu, select "Community Cares Fund" and fill out the rest of the fields to make your donation. Donors also can call 970-879-8632 or send checks to the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, P.O. Box 881869, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488.

— The Yampa Valley Community Foundation nearly has met its goal to raise $30,000 in 30 days for the Community Cares Fund.

The fund was established to assist those residents who have been adversely affected by the economic recession. It's an emergency short-term fund to help people in need with things such as food, housing or other needs, such as health care, said Betsey Jay, executive director of the Community Foundation.

A committee established by the Community Foundation, which has assisted nonprofit groups in Routt and Moffat counties for more than 30 years, and Routt County United Way will decide how to allocate the funds to local human services organizations based on their needs.

Jay said she hopes potential donors won't stop contributing just because the Community Foundation is close to reaching its goal.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Jay said, the fund is $2,420 short of its $30,000 goal, which will be matched by Community Foundation donors. The Community Foundation and United Way would like to exceed that goal, Jay said.

"We'd like to meet our goal and then some by (July 31)," she said.

She said they're getting great local support for the Community Cares Fund, through online and mail contributions, since it was announced June 28. Jay said contributions have ranged in size from $25 to an anonymous gift of $15,000.

Laurie Good, president of the United Way's board of directors, said she's pleased the goal of the fund has nearly been reached. And she's not surprised.

"The Steamboat community does respond when the chips are down," she said, adding that even though the economy has somewhat stabilized, the community still is very aware of local impacts. "I had confidence that the community would come through for us, even if it was a short turnaround."

The need for the Community Cares Fund was identified after the Community Foundation conducted a survey in January of area nonprofit organizations to assess how different groups of people were affected by the economy.

Among other things, the survey revealed that nonprofit groups were hurting as a result of dwindling resources. Smaller budgets have meant some health and human service organizations haven't been able to provide an adequate level of service to those in need.

Jay said the Community Foundation and United Way would like to get the fund to work quickly. She said they would like to have funds distributed by mid-August to some of the 67 human service organizations and 169 nonprofit agencies the Community Foundation works with annually in Routt and Moffat counties.

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