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Help those who help others

At some point in time we all need help.Sometimes it’s the big things, other times it’s a small helping hand that pulls us up.For the second straight year, 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.The Holiday Fund drive will provide these worthy nonprofits and organizations with a little help. That little bit of help will allow them to better serve our communities.For more years that most of us can remember, LIFT-UP has been lifting spirits and extending helping hands to area residents in need.YouthZone provides counseling and classes for at-risk youth.Advocate Safehouse has been a community beacon for years.These are just three organizations that have applied for funds this year. Their requests are quite modest. LIFT-UP is looking for a little extra money to help provide food for the underemployed or the unemployed from the community. Advocate Safehouse is hoping for $1,000 to benefit victims of domestic violence. YouthZone is looking for funds for scholarship assistance to area families.Worthy organizations with modest requests to better serve our community.But our Holiday Fund is running behind, and we need your help. We have a goal of $10,000 to help as many of the 18 organizations as possible.Special Olympics, Roaring Fork Hospice, Junior Achievement and Colorado West Mental Health Center are some of the other applicants.Every year, the area Special Olympics puts on its Winter Games, and they are looking for some extra funds to help pay for hotel rooms for coaches, families and athletes.Roaring Fork Hospice wants to renovate a dedicated hospice room at the Glen Valley Care Center.The Two Rivers Community Foundation wants to start a Community Chest to help people impacted by local emergencies.Small requests that will help make a big difference.What all these fine organizations have in common is that they make a difference in our community – and they could use a little help to keep making a difference and keep helping people.Other organizations include the Glenwood Springs Railroad Museum, which is hoping to rebuild a model locomotive stand; the Pizzazz Players Youth Performers, which entertain at local nursing homes and seniors, want portable stage poles. A local historical society is restoring the old Cardiff Schoolhouse and needs painting supplies.Organizations – large and small – that make a difference.Providing services to the community means a number of things. But we need help to pass along help to these organizations. To this point, we’ve raised a little more than $3,100. That’s not enough to make a large impact. All the money raised will be distributed to the applicants. The more money raised, the more help we can pass along.Who wins? The community, that’s who.These community gems constantly show their worth through the services they provide.When I saw the applicants’ request I was amazed at how modest they were. Asking just for what they absolutely needed- nothing more. Nothing extravagant, nothing luxuries, nothing outlandish.I was especially moved by a request by the Mountain Madrigal Singers, which will be celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Their request was simple – a little money to cover costs of performances and to buy sheet music. What they said in their application summed up what helping is all about. It was what they said, not their request that was moving. Requesting funds, only if there was enough: “If the fund has a little left over … we understand there are greater needs than ours …”It’s that type of community understanding and unselfishness that makes all 18 of the applicants special.Giving is about opening your heart. These community organizations make our community brighter. Giving to them should be easy for us.Eighteen community beacons that could use a little help to shine a little brighter. They ask for so little and give back so much.It’s up to us to provide them with a little help.Dale Shrull is the managing editor of the Post Independent.


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