Colorado Gives Day includes 12 Routt County nonprofits |

Colorado Gives Day includes 12 Routt County nonprofits

— Colorado Gives Day is back for its fourth year, starting at midnight Dec. 9. It is a 24-hour online fundraising event for nonprofit organizations, and this year, 12 Routt County nonprofit groups are participating.

The goal of the event is to encourage people to give where they live.

Colorado Gives Day, created by Community First Foundation and sponsored by FirstBank, hosts a list of approved nonprofit organizations from across the state. Each one has to apply and go through an approval process.

“The process ensures each agency is true to their mission and compliant with all state and federal nonprofit regulations,” said Tarsha Ebbern, director of communications and donor relations for Yampa Valley Community Foundation, one of the approved and participating nonprofits.

Last year, only eight local agencies were involved in Colorado Gives Day, but there now are 12 that have been approved through the Community First Foundation application process.

Routt County organizations participating in the event include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado, Family Development Center (Discovery Learning Center, Newborn and Child Care Networks), Integrated Community, Partners in Routt County, Routt County Habitat for Humanity, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Selah, Yampa Valley Community Foundation, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and Yampatika.

“Unique this year is the collaboration between the 12 nonprofits in a stronger, combined community outreach effort,” Ebbern said.

Becky Slamal, community outreach manager of Partners in Routt County, commented on the success of the collaboration.

“Organizations worked together during the application process and have since collaborated on marketing and social media efforts,” Slamal said. “It has definitely been a team effort.”

She also was excited for Partners to be participating for the first time.

“We all want it to be a mutually beneficial task to get donors more aware of the work being done in their own community that is worthy of their support,” Slamal said.

Slamal didn’t have a goal number in mind for the first year of involvement, but she said Partners is hoping for several thousand dollars in donations. She mentioned the amount raised would go toward their one-on-one mentoring and program expansion.

Last year, $15.4 million was raised statewide in the 24-hour period.

To donate or to pre-schedule a donation, go to and support your favorite nonprofit organization. All of the money donated goes directly to the chosen nonprofit, with all credit card and transaction fees covered by sponsors.

“Our hope is that Yampa Valley residents, part-time and full-time, will be compelled to give locally this season,” Ebbern said.

Madison Ruppel, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, is working as a fall intern for the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

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