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New “On-Boarding” event to match young professionals with local boards in Steamboat Springs

Young Professionals Network and the Yampa Valley Community Foundation are hosting "On-Boarding: Matching Young Professionals with Local Boards" from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Storm Peak Brewing Co. in Steamboat Springs.

In an effort to connect the leaders of tomorrow with community nonprofits, the Steamboat Springs Young Professionals Network and the Yampa Valley Community Foundation will host a new networking event Wednesday.

The “On-Boarding: Matching Young Professionals with Local Boards” event will start at 5 p.m. at Storm Peak Brewing Co., 1885 Elk River Plaza in west Steamboat Springs.

“Being involved with nonprofits is an important way to get involved in our community,” said Beth Melton, vice chair on the YPN advisory committee. “We have to create the world we want to live in, and the way we spend our resources demonstrates what we care about. I think we all have an important opportunity and obligation to do that by giving our time and/or money to organizations that do work we believe in.”

For years, Melton said members have continually asked the YPN board how to get involved and be on local boards. The “On-Boarding” event is the group’s answer to that question offered in a speed dating or job fair type of networking format.

Working with Emily Beyer, Yampa Valley Community Foundation’s community impact manager, YPN received an overwhelming response from nonprofits.

The event will feature over 30 nonprofits ranging from the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Yampatika, Opera Steamboat, Old Town Hot Springs, Integrated Community, Chief Theater and more, each looking for young professionals to join their organizations in leadership board positions.

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"I think that the more time you invest in the community the more connected you are to that place," said Helen Beall, marketing and Passport Club manager for Yampa Valley Community Foundation. "Giving your time back by being involved and on a board gives you that sense of community and helps build our community."

Part of YPN's core mission, said Matt Eidt, past chair on the advisory committee, is to provide opportunities for community leadership.

"There isn't necessarily one place to go and find out what opportunities are out there," Eidt said. "It's a bit fragmented, and we thought this would be valuable to our members and to the community to find out about all of the different needs for leadership in our community."

The event will also be offering an incentive to attendees with the Colorado Group Realty-sponsored door prize drawing for a chance to win a 2017-18 season ski pass and a camping package from BAP!.

“There are over 100 nonprofits in our area, so we have no shortage of options ā€” whether you care about education, healthcare, the migrant community, the arts, the environment, you can find a place to make a difference right here in the Yampa Valley,” Melton said. “It’s really easy to sit back and think that you can’t make a difference or get caught up in talking about problems, but by getting involved in the work of an organization you believe in, you can make a really big impact on your community and your neighbors.”

If you go:

What: YPN: On-Boarding: Matching Young Professionals with Local Boards

When: 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31

Where: Storm Peak Brewing Co., 1885 Elk River Plaza