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Day of giving set for Tuesday with 4th annual Yampa Valley Gives Day

Four-year-old Kelcy Neppl spins a raffle drum as part of the Yampa Valley Gives kickoff party last year. The local day of giving will be on Tuesday, Dec. 5 and is held in conjunction with Colorado Gives Day. Community members can go to yampavalleygives.org and donate online to local nonprofits on that day.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Get ready for a day of giving this Tuesday.

Yampa Valley Gives Day, which is held in conjunction with Colorado Gives Day, falls on Tuesday, Dec. 5. On that day, giving to local nonprofits is in the spotlight from 12:01 a.m. to midnight.

This year marks the fourth annual Yampa Valley Gives Day, which has become a day of celebration for local nonprofits and philanthropists who love to give.

To celebrate the community's generosity, a Yampa Valley Gives Day Party will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mountain Tap Brewery.

Yampa Valley Gives was created by the 2013-14 Leadership Steamboat class, in partnership with the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, and is now operated by a nine-member board.

"Yampa Valley Gives Day brings energy to giving whereas sometimes when you make a donation, you feel like it's just checking something off a list," said Helen Beall, a Yampa Valley Gives board member and employee of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. "When everyone is giving together, you can see it happen in real time and have a much bigger result. It brings excitement to giving."

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Beall said many donations help support the operating costs of nonprofits making an impact in the community today.

In 2016, $766,777 from 2,768 donations was raised in 24 hours during Yampa Valley Gives Day to support Yampa Valley nonprofits in Routt and Moffat counties.

Since Yampa Valley Gives Day’s inception, Beall said there has been an increased number of new people getting excited about giving and learning about local nonprofits.

"I feel like our community is becoming more philanthropic and this is part of that day," Beall said.

A list of the participating organizations is available through yampavalleygives.org, where residents can learn more about the giving day and its connection to Colorado Gives Day, a program of the Community First Foundation.

Those who want to contribute to local nonprofits on Tuesday can do so at YampaValleyGives.org.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@steamboattoday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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