For those planning to give funds to local charities and nonprofits this holiday season, mark Tuesday, Dec. 4, on your calendar.
Colorado Gives Day, which originally started in Denver with the Community First Foundation, has once again found its way to Mesa County with a collaboration between eight local organizations: Western Slope Center for Children, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), C.L.A.W.S., Grand Mesa Nordic Council, Light Gives Heat, Mesa Land Trust, Riverside Educational Center, and Western Colorado Congress.
"For the Mesa Land Trust, at least 40 percent of individual donations come in at the end of the year, between November and December," Mesa Land Trust Development Director Mary Hughes said. "(Colorado Gives Day) is really important to our fundraising efforts."
Joy Thompson, who works with the Western Slope Center for Children, spearheaded this year's Mesa County Gives Day collaboration by organizing the group of eight. And to get the word out Tuesday, members from each organization will host informational booths at three local Starbucks locations from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. - the 24 Road Starbucks, the 25 Road Starbucks, and the Clifton Starbucks.
"One-hundred percent of each donation will come directly to the designated nonprofit and each donation will be increased by the FirstBank Incentive Fund," Thompson said in a news release.
Can't make it to Starbucks on Tuesday? Donations made prior to Colorado Gives Day can be pre-designated for Dec. 4 on the Colorado Gives Day website, www.ColoradoGivesDay.org.
"It's a great way for people to give online," Alice O'Connor, a C.L.A.W.S. volunteer, said. "There's no processing fees, so if you want to give with a credit card it goes 100 percent to the organization. We are the only animal organization participating on the West Slope this year, and we consider any money we get as a success. We run completely on donations, and we're all-volunteer run. All funds go to the kitties and what they need."