Colorado Gives Day set for Tuesday

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“It’s a really easy way to give. Community First is so generous to do this."

Valerie McCarthy, executive director of Northwest Rocky Mountain Court Appointed Special Advocates, about Colorado Gives Back Day

Tuesday is Colorado Gives Day across the state.

The event gives residents the opportunity to, “give where you live,” by making online donations to the non-profits of their choice. Over a 24-hour period, people will be able to make online donations to hundreds of charities on the Community First Foundation’s online giving site, GivingFirst.org.

The goal of Colorado Gives Day is to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving, according to the web site.

Some of the local non-profits that may benefit from the funds raised are the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado, Colorado West Regional Mental Health, Inc., the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurses Association and Northwest Rocky Mountain Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Valerie McCarthy, executive director of Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA, said her non-profit group is just one of many who benefit from Colorado Gives Day.

“It’s a really easy way to give," McCarthy said. "Community First is so generous to do this."

Donors have the opportunity to search and specify which non-profit they would like their donation to go to. Community First processes the donation and does most of the administrative work for the non-profit groups.

“It’s just a succinct way to take the money and use it where it’s needed," McCarthy said.

She said there are three CASA cases in Moffat County alone who do not have advocates because of volunteer shortages.

McCarthy said it takes money to recruit and train volunteers to help give abused and neglected children in the court system a voice and an advocate to get them into a permanent home.

Colorado Gives Day is just one more outlet to gather funding.

“It’s a great way to support through online giving. It’s quick and easy,” McCarthy said.

Donors can even preschedule a one-time donation for December 4 if they are worried about forgetting.

For more information, visit www.givingfirst.org/cogivesday.

Darian Warden can be reached at 875-1793 or dwarden@craigdailypress.com

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