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Working together to meet community needs

Pat Jones/For Craig Press

Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley, also known as Love INC, is one of several human service nonprofits in the Yampa Valley. We exist to mobilize the church to work collaboratively with local service agencies in order to meet unmet needs that families and individuals in the Yampa Valley may be experiencing.

The church has volunteers and resources that can be used to address needs of all types, including financial aid for verified needs such as moving assistance, bus tickets to shelter, backpacks filled with school supplies, food for school children and coat distributions during fall and winter, to name a few.

We recently held our largest fundraiser of the year, and we want to say a big thank you to our board members and volunteers who worked so hard to make this happen. Thanks, also, to all who came out to support us in our efforts to continue providing services to the people in our valley who are experiencing need.

A lesser-known way Love INC works as a team with local helping agencies is through direct collaboration. To do this, Love INC is part of the Craig Salvation Army Service Unit, the Craig Ministerial Alliance, the Human Resource Council and the Self-Sufficiency Committee. This collaboration helps us all better understand local needs and trends and develop ways to address these needs in a way that brings community awareness and resources together in a more efficient and productive manner.

The most recent collaborative effort among the nonprofits is Rural Philanthropy Days. A vast array of nonprofits from a five-county region — and Denver — are working together to bring RPD to our region, and this year, Moffat County is the host site. The event will provide educational and collaborative opportunities to the nonprofits to help them work toward meeting the needs of their respective communities and of the region, as a whole.

The main thrust of RPD is the bring grant providers — such as the Anschutz Foundation, the Coors Foundation and ElPomar Foundation — into our local region to give them a glimpse into the local needs, as well as to allow them to see the benefits and charm of living in Northwestern Colorado. In total, more than 20 grant providers are expected to attend.

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This is a collaborative effort the whole community can join. The event takes place Sept. 27, 28 and 29. Volunteer opportunities exist, so anyone who wants to help can be involved in this great event that will help to make the Northwest Region of Colorado, of which the Yampa Valley is a big part, better able to meet the needs of all of its community members.

Pat Jones is executive director of Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley.