Impact100 grants $10,500 for season, $5,000 to Rocky Mountain Youth Corps |

Impact100 grants $10,500 for season, $5,000 to Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

Teresa Ristow

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps members Wilmarie Rios-Jaime and Jake Stolz work on the Morning Gloria Trail near the quarry on Emerald Mountain in 2014. RMYC recieved $5,000 from Impact100 as part of the program's 2015-16 season.

— Rocky Mountain Youth Corps was the favorite nonprofit for members of this year's Impact100 grant program.

During an Impact100 voting party last week, about 60 to 70 of this season's 95 Impact100 participants voted on their favorite of four local nonprofits that presented to the group during the past several months.

The votes translated to grants of $5,000 for Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, $2,000 each for Routt County Council on Aging and the Community Agriculture Alliance and $1,500 for LiftUp of Routt County.

"We'll be presenting checks to each of our four nonprofits," said Susan Petersen, community impact manager for Yampa Valley Community Foundation, which organizes the Impact100 grant program.

The premise of the program is that if 100 people are able to donate $100 each, the impact of each person's giving is multiplied and as a group there is $10,000 available to grant.

This year's 95 members had an additional boost through a separate donation to bring the giving total to $10,500.

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At each of four events during the course of the Impact100 season, participants dined on a unique meal catered by Steve Carlson, of Big Air Catering, and enjoyed complimentary drinks, including beer and wine.

Supporting sponsors from throughout the community help cover the costs of the food and drinks, meaning all of each participant’s $100 goes directly toward a local nonprofit.

"Every dollar that you gives goes to the nonprofits," Petersen said during the voting party Thursday at the Chief Theater.

Erin and Cactus Nemec said they've participated in the Impact100 program for the past few seasons, and were always trying to convince more friends to join.

"We feel like our $100 is getting magically multiplied," Cactus Nemec said. "And the food is ridiculous."

Having young children, Erin Nemec said the couple doesn't have a lot of extra money to support nonprofits, but the Impact100 program allows them to feel that they are making a difference.

"This was one way for us to donate and make a small impact," Erin Nemec said. "Plus it's four meals and your money is going solely to these nonprofits in town."

The annual Impact100 season typically runs September through April each year at locations across Steamboat Springs.

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