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3rd annual Yampa Valley Gives Tuesday

Mark Andersen, executive director of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, speaks to the crowd of supporters who showed up for the Yampa Valley Gives rally Friday morning on the Routt County Courthouse lawn in Steamboat Springs. Yampa Valley Gives will be promoting Colorado Gives Day next Tuesday, Dec. 6 and asking people to go to yampavalleygives.org to make a donation to local nonprofit groups in Routt County.
John F. Russell

— Yampa Valley residents looking to amplify their charitable giving can do so Tuesday as part of Yampa Valley Gives Day.

The third annual Yampa Valley Gives Day is an organized effort by the community to give locally and is an offshoot of Colorado Gives Day, the state’s giving day.

People who give donations to one of 50 vetted and verified nonprofits and a handful of community groups participating in the day will help those nonprofits bring home a piece of a $1 million statewide matching incentive fund provided by First Bank.

New this year, Yampa Valley Gives organizers will cover all credit card processing fees, meaning 100 percent of a person’s donation goes directly to the receiving organization.

“This is a way for the community to come together and give collectively and reach a bigger goal,” said Helen Beall, a Yampa Valley Gives board member and employee of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

Beall said many donations help support the operating costs of nonprofits making an impact in our community today.

“A lot of nonprofits in the Yampa Valley need money for operating, just for opening doors and paying rent,” Beall said. “You’re giving to causes that you’re behind.”

Yampa Valley Gives was launched in 2014 as a project of that year’s Leadership Steamboat class and has since grown significantly.

In 2014, $371,000 was raised, an amount boosted to over $400,000 with local and statewide incentive funds. In 2015, that amount increased to about $500,000 with incentive funds.

This year rather than a large celebration when the giving day is over, organizers and local nonprofits geared up for the event with a Friday rally on the courthouse lawn.

A smaller celebratory party will still take place beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mountain Tap brewery.

Yampa Valley Gives board member Glen Traylor said community members have really begun to grasp the purpose of the event and its importance for local organizations.

“They’re nonprofits, they are located in the northwestern corner of the state, which is huge for our community,” Traylor said. “We like our dollars to stay here.”

More information and the option to schedule donations early is available at yampavalleygives.org.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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