Holiday Fund back in its third year
A donation to the Holiday Fund could put Christmas dinner on the table for an impoverished family this season.LIFT-UP, which stocks food banks throughout Garfield County, is one nonprofit organization that has benefited from the Holiday Fund since its founding in 2004. Helping unemployed and underemployed people by distributing food during the holidays is one of the needs LIFT-UP fulfills in the community.”It’s part of giving back to the community, making our community stronger for our members, our children,” said Andrea Porter, publisher of the Post Independent, La Tribuna, The Citizen Telegram in Rifle and The Valley Journal in Carbondale. “Especially with the growth that’s upon us, we want to invest in our community and support the nonprofit organizations that put their heart and souls into their objectives. Why can’t we help them make the process easier?”In conjunction with the Two Rivers Community Foundation, the Post Independent, La Tribuna, The Citizen Telegram and The Valley Journal raise money to support various nonprofit and other organizations in Garfield County. Last year, the fund raised more than $16,000 for local nonprofits.”The Holiday Fund creates an opportunity for people to give back to the community and support worthy nonprofit organizations,” Post Independent editor Dale Shrull said. “These organizations provide a tremendous service to our friends and neighbors. Giving to them is a way to give to the community because they benefit so many.”Each year, a number of organizations apply for funds, which are collected through fundraising efforts in the community, and through the newspapers and the Two Rivers Community Foundation. This year’s goal is to raise $20,000 to be distributed to as many as 20 applicants – or more.”Based on having a goal of $10,000 and raising $16,000 last year, we feel that $20,000 is not unrealistic,” Porter said. “I would like to see both individuals and businesses support the fund. Everything raised stays local in Garfield County.”Even Christmas dinner for a family in need.Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch the Post Independent for grant applications to be considered as a Holiday Fund nonprofit organization benefactor. Pick up and drop off applications at the Post Independent, 2014 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, 81601. Call 945-8515, ext. 16705 for additional questions.
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