Kate Grobe: Fundraiser a function of community, God
I'm often asked where the funding comes from for the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center.
Churches in this area support us, and there are some individuals who generously send us money, and we have a few fundraisers each year. I also count the numerous and varied donations as support since we get so many valuable items such as food, diapers, clothing, and furniture.
This may seem like a strange business model, but the fact is that this enables us to help people.
We're often able to meet very specific requests.
I wish this was always the case, and there are times we do not have the exact item someone is searching for, but we are able to meet a lot of needs just by funneling donations back into the community.
When we have a young mother who needs a special type of formula for her sick infant, someone has already given us a can of that.
When a mom needs a small part for a breast pump, we’ve been able to find one amidst some spare parts. Cases like this have happened far too many times to be a coincidence, and I believe there is divine design behind our ability to provide.
Looking at what God has to say, I like Matthew 6:25-26: “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
"Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?”
Seeing how God provides and when He comes through is part of the adventure of the work we do at the center.
We just finished our Baby Bottle fundraiser, and I'm blown away by what the people in this community contributed this year.
Without you and without the churches who facilitated this event, we would not reach near as many people and we would not be able to help God in His desire to provide for people.