With Post Independent Holiday Fund, every little bit helps | PostIndependent.com

With Post Independent Holiday Fund, every little bit helps

Dale ShrullPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent is once again helping raise funds for local nonprofit groups as part of our annual Holiday Fund.Working with the Two Rivers Community Foundation, the Post Independent, along with Garfield County sister publications La Tribuna, The Citizen Telegram in Rifle and The Valley Journal in Carbondale, helps raise money for nonprofits that applied for funds.Last year, the fund raised more than $12,000. This year, the goal is $20,000, but it’s achievable with your support.The Holiday Fund is special because of its simplicity. We hope to make a difference but not just at the larger level. Last year, the Holiday Fund provided $500 to the Oddfellows Lodge in Rifle so they could purchase a lift chair to help some of its members get upstairs.Our local Special Olympic group asked for funds to purchase uniforms for Garfield County athletes. There’s no such thing as a donation that’s too small. Every little bit will help, and it all adds up.Larger nonprofits like LIFT-UP, YouthZone and the Advocate Safehouse impact a large number of people. LIFT-UP provides holiday meals to people in need, YouthZone offers a mentoring program and the Advocate Safehouse provides shelter to victims of abuse. There’s Operation Vacation, which continues to bring soldiers and their families to Glenwood Springs for a well-earned weekend vacation. This program brought its first solider to the area in August 2005 and has grown to be such a powerful example of a nonprofit doing good.All these nonprofits and all nonprofits large and small can’t provide their valuable services without money. And many times that money must come from all of us. The old adage “It takes a village to raise a child” rings just as true when talking about nonprofit groups. It takes a village to help them serve the community, and in turn, the village reaps the rewards.These groups do so much good on so many levels. For many of us, the good they do may not be noticeable. But for the struggling family who will get a holiday meal, or the weary solider in need of some R&R, or the teenager who turns to a mentor to help her through the obstacle course of high school, these nonprofits provide an invaluable service to our community.There’s the Community Chest Fund that provides money to people displaced by fire or other emergencies.The Holiday Fund is our way of trying to help. I think every one of us can look in the mirror and say we could do a little more. It doesn’t take much; every little bit helps.So we’re once again asking for your help to pass along funds to the people who help our community in a variety of ways.This year we have 16 worthy nonprofit groups that have applied for funds. Over the next few weeks we will be featuring some of these groups and what they intend to do with the funds.The holidays mean many things to us; hopefully, we will remember to embrace this time as the season of giving as well.Giving back to our community to help our community grow stronger.It takes a village to help a community. We’re asking you to help make our village stronger and a better place for all of us to live.For more information: 384-9100 or 384-9110; news@postindependent.com.

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