Focus on holiday fund applicants |

Focus on holiday fund applicants

The Post Independent, The Citizen Telegram in Rifle and The Valley Journal in Carbondale are joining forces with Two Rivers Community Foundation to help raise money that will be distributed to a number of nonprofit and other organizations throughout Garfield County as part of the second annual Holiday Fund drive.A number of organizations have applied for funds, which are collected through fund-raising efforts in the community, and through the newspapers and the foundation.The goal is $10,000, to be distributed to as many as 20 applicants.Over the next few weeks, the Post Independent will be highlighting some of the nonprofits that are looking for funding.All money collected for the Holiday Fund will go directly to the selected nonprofits.YouthZoneWhat they do: YouthZone provides counseling and classes for youth who are at risk for or who are delinquent as well as their parents. Among the services offered are a diversion program designed to prevent first time and low level juvenile offenders from entering the juvenile justice system.What they plan to do with funds: YouthZone, request $4,500 to provide scholarship assistance to youth and families needing services. “We have a fee-based pay system based on ability to pay,” said Mary Jean Carnevale, of YouthZone. The funds would be used “for families who are not able pay the actual cost of the service.”Who will benefit: Youth and families in Garfield, Pitkin, west Eagle counties.Why is it needed: Carnevale said Youth Zone has lost federal and state funding over the last few years.

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