Moffat County nonprofits see generosity through Colorado Gives Day
December 9, 2014
Nonprofit organizations around the region and the state participated in Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, as philanthropists statewide emptied their pockets for good causes.
Part of the daylong effort was Yampa Valley Gives, comprised of groups benefiting Moffat and Routt counties, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition, Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA, Mind Springs Health and more.
The Craig office of Conservation Colorado took the opportunity to show off their headquarters along Yampa Avenue with an open house.
"Because this is a regional office, we are hardly ever in, and with that door closed a lot, people don't have a chance to check us out as often as we'd like," said Sasha Nelson, field organizer. "This way, they can drop by and have a cookie."
The office featured a sugar cookie decoration table and heaping helpings of chili, as well as information about the group's mission, which is to protect the state's natural resources, animals and people.
Volunteer Bradley Stearns, who provided much of the food for the open house, said he and his friend Adam Campbell lent their support to Conservation Colorado because they believe in its goals.
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One of the biggest misconceptions is that the group is only accepting of certain kinds of people, Stearns said, adding that he is a heavy equipment operator and Campbell is a coal miner.
"People have the impression that it's an environmentalist, tree-hugger extreme kind of thing," he said. "It's the conservation of our lands, our hunting lands."
Nelson was checking her online profile frequently, one of many on Colorado Gives' website where residents could donate, as well as in person. As of 6 p.m., she said she had about $1,200 raised through her profile.
Funding was available into the late hours for those with Colorado Gives, which exceeded $25 million as of 11 p.m. Tuesday. As part of that, Yampa Valley Gives was well past $360,000 in the late evening.
Among organizations like Moffat County United Way, Community Budget Center and more was The Memorial Hospital Foundation, dedicated to assisting TMH with the financial resources it needs to provide quality health care.
Director Eva Peroulis said the option of online donations has begun to catch on with residents, making the process easier and hopefully adding to their generosity.
Whatever medium they use to give, Peroulis said Craig and Moffat County have consistently supported the hospital's work.
"They're the ones who make it happen," she said.
Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.