Local nonprofits collaborate to promote Colorado Gives Day
Did you know there are seven times more libraries in Colorado than Starbucks (Library Research Service, 2015)? And for good reason. Libraries are essential incubators of community, and crucial to the economic success of a community. Last year, over 660,000 people used the Garfield County Libraries, and they borrowed nearly 740,000 books, movies and music. Additionally, our libraries have computers and free Internet access to ensure that people without Internet can get the resources they need to gain employment, apply for government assistance or find affordable housing.
But how are the Garfield County Libraries funded? The libraries depend on sales tax for general operations, and have used the one mill of property tax (that was approved in 2006) to build, remodel and operate the library facilities in all six communities. Due to the great recession, slowdown in oil and gas, and a more than $1 million court-ordered refund on fracking material, the libraries have significantly cut costs over the last few years — all while seeing an increase in library usage. Garfield County is anticipating property tax will decrease in the coming years. To keep your libraries open and staffed we need support from community members like you. Giving is easy — especially during Colorado Gives Day.
Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement, presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. Although Colorado Gives Day is in its sixth year of celebration, this is the first year nonprofits in Garfield County have collaborated to increase awareness. The 19 collaborating nonprofits are Advocate Safehouse Project, Alpine Legal Services, Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance, Catholic Charities, CLEER, Family Visitor Programs, Garfield County Libraries Foundation, HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley, LIFT-UP, Literacy Outreach, Mountain Family Health Centers, Mountain Valley Developmental Services, Rifle Animal Shelter, River Bridge Regional Center, True Media Foundation, Valley View Foundation, Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork, YouthEntity, and YouthZone. Our goal is to collaboratively raise $150,000 this year, and we are hopeful that you can help.
There is a $1 million incentive fund for Colorado Gives Day that will be distributed to participating nonprofits based on the amount of donations they receive on Tuesday, Dec. 8. So if you donate that day, your donation goes further. You can even visit the website now to schedule a donation for Dec. 8 (and still take advantage of the incentive fund). To support your local libraries, we are asking that you donate to the Garfield County Libraries Foundation through ColoradoGives.org. We appreciate your caring and generosity this holiday season.
Andie Scott is foundation and volunteer coordinator for the Garfield County Libraries Foundation.
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