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MCHS Key Club quarter drive to benefit homeless youths

Bridget Manley

If you go

What: Quarter Drive for Moffat County Homeless Youth

When: 3 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Moffat County High School gym

• Proceeds benefit Homeless Youth Fund

If you go

What: Quarter Drive for Moffat County Homeless Youth

When: 3 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Moffat County High School gym

• Proceeds benefit Homeless Youth Fund

— Sean Smith, Moffat County High School senior, is measuring one of his last contributions to Moffat County in quarters.

Smith is MCHS Key Club president and co-chair of the school’s El Pomar Youth in Community Service Program, which partners with the Moffat County Youth United Way.

The Key Club hosts the Quarter Drive for Moffat County Homeless Youth, a month-long fundraiser that urges the high school’s students to donate their loose change.

“I want to help others before I leave for college,” said Smith, who helped organize the fundraiser.

The funds club members raise will go to the Homeless Youth Fund, a fund managed by the Community Budget Center. The account helps provide food, shelter and clothing to area homeless students.

More than 20 MCHS students lacked a permanent home last spring, said Beckey Grabowski, School to Work Alliance Program specialist.

Through SWAP, Grabowski works with the Moffat County School District, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Department of Health and Human Services to provide careers for disabled students.

Last year, however, she turned her attention to the school district’s homeless students.

Homeless youths, sometimes known as “couch surfers,” come in various forms.

Some take up residence in hotel rooms with their parents while others live with friends, Grabowski said.

“There are a lot of kids who get kicked out” of their homes, said Cindy Morris, Key Club adviser.

Others leave the homes on their own volition, Smith said.

Smith said the right amount of quarters could help remedy the situation by providing a pair of shoes, a meal or a month’s worth of housing for a homeless student.

Last year’s annual Key Club fundraiser prompted the homeless drive.

The club raised $500 in its annual fundraiser for EPYCS and Youth United Way. EPYCS later matched the funds, providing an additional $7,500, Smith said.

EPYCS and United Way members presented $3,000 to the Homeless Youth Fund.

This year, Smith and other Key Club members are hosting the quarter drive specifically for the fund.

He and other club members started working toward that goal earlier this week by starting the fundraiser at the high school

But the response from that avenue has been slow, Smith said.

The club will open its fundraiser to parents and community members at boys’ and girls’ basketball games at MCHS this weekend.

The club will set up a table in front of the gym where they will accept donations, in coins or bills.

Smith has his sights set on raising about $800 this year.

“Anything will help right now,” he said.

Bridget Manley can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207 or bmanley@craigdailypress.com


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