Sale to include everything and kitchen sink

Moffat County Partners effort to take up slack because of cutbacks

Shirley Balleck's kitchen sink will be among the first victims as Moffat County Partners explores funding options after losing one-third of its budget.

Balleck -- an AmeriCorps worker at the non-profit agency who'll be volunteering her time in upcoming fund-raising efforts -- said the sink, an unused gift from her son, will be one of the items available at a rummage scheduled this month.

"Everybody's been stressed and trying to figure out ways to make money," Balleck said.

The sale is tentatively planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Partners' office.

A variety of household items and clothes to be sold have arrived just in the last week at the Partners' office after the announced loss of the $34,000 Tony Grampsas Youth Services grant.

The fund-raiser looks to be the first in a series of added events that weren't considered prior to the cuts, said Tara Jenrich, Partners' executive director.

Jenrich said she's hopes to pull $1,500 from the Feb. 22 sale.

"We're still looking at some other things to do," she said, adding that Partners' annual Easter Egg campaign will start mid-March.

"We'll be really depending on it this year."

Last year, about $1,800 was raised from the campaign, during which area businesses sell gift eggs -- most at $1 each and up to $50 and $100 for single platinum or silver eggs.

Jenrich said the full impact of the state cuts still isn't clear.

Partners now provides 12 adult mentors for community children with various needs. Another 51 youth who are on waiting lists for adult mentors now might not receive the same attention, Jenrich has said.

Partners, she said, would need funds to hire more case managers, who coordinate activities for the adults and children.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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