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Help nonprofit heroes for Yampa Valley Gives Day

Moffat County nonprofits rally on the courthouse lawn Thursday in anticipation of Yampa Valley Gives Day, set for Tuesday Dec. 5. Mayor John Ponikvar encourages everyone to consider scheduling a donation at to help nonprofits in their work on behalf of the community.
Sasha Nelson/staff

CRAIG — During the past four years, Yampa Valley Gives Day has helped raise more than $1.6 million dollars to help fund nonprofits in the  Yampa Valley, and on Thursday, Yampa Valley Community Foundation Rallied Moffat County nonprofits to generate excitement about the Colorado-wide day of giving, set for Tuesday, Dec. 5.

“Who are heroes? Over 50 nonprofits in Moffat County put themselves in a place where they can provide help to others … they are the true heroes. These providers do their work daily to provide services not funded by the public sector. … Everyone in our community is impacted by these heroes,” Mayor John Ponikvar said at the rally.

Yampa Valley Gives Day is a regional champion for Colorado Gives Day. The state day of giving is organized by Community First Foundation with the support of 1st Bank, helping more than 2,300 Colorado nonprofits raise more than $200 million since 2007.

A $1 million incentive fund provides that every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day also receives additional money, increasing the value of every dollar donated. Last year, more than $760,000 was raised in 24 hours for nonprofits in the Yampa Valley, according to Yampa Valley Gives Board Chair Glen Taylor.

During Thursday’s rally, YVCF held a drawing and gave $500 to the Community Budget Center.

“The Greek meaning of philanthropy is the love of mankind, but I would add it’s the love of community,” said Yampa Valley Community Foundation Staff Member Helen Beall.

She hopes Moffat County residents will come together Dec. 5 to continue to create a culture of giving by supporting area nonprofits with a donation through

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