Our View: Giving Town, USA
December 10, 2018
Steamboat Springs may be adding "Giving Town, USA" to its list of nicknames after GoFundMe announced last week that Steamboat was first on the fundraising platform's rankings of most generous cities in the U.S. The top ranking was based on donations per capita from donors in the Steamboat Springs zip code.
That recognition, which was part of GoFundMe's annual report, came on the heels of a record-setting 24 hours of giving last Tuesday during Yampa Valley Gives Day. The 2018 effort, now in its fifth year, reached new heights and raised $913,836 to benefit 58 nonprofits in Routt and Moffat counties. To date, over $3.2 million has been raised to support local charities through the program.
And while it's apparent that the Steamboat community has no problem opening up its collective pocketbook to support a worthy cause, we'd like to remind area residents that there's still a lot of giving to be done during the final few weeks of the holiday season, and many of the opportunities don't require writing a big check.
At a glance
At issue: Steamboat Springs is becoming famous for its generosity.
Our View: There are still plenty of opportunities to give during the holiday season.
Logan Molen, publisher
Lisa Schlichtman, editor
Mike Burns, community representative
Melissa Hampton, community representative
Contact the Editorial Board at 970-871-4221 or lschlichtman@
Routt County United Way's annual Holiday Exchange Market is happening Saturday, and people have until the end of the day Wednesday, Dec. 12, to make a difference in the lives of 600 local families who find themselves in need.
The market still needs toys, items for teenagers and $25 gift cards for food. People can drop by the United Way office at 443 Oak St., or they can pick up a mitten at one of 22 mitten boards located across the county and sign up to purchase toys and other items that are listed there. The boards are located at area schools, banks and businesses, and people have until Wednesday evening to drop off the purchased items.
United Way also is still soliciting volunteers for its annual bell ringing and red kettle campaign that collects monetary donations outside of Steamboat's grocery stores. All money collected by the bell ringers will support health and crisis services in Routt County. People can sign up to help with the effort, which runs through Christmas Eve, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Mickey’s Fund Christmas Toy Drive for Children’s Hospital Colorado is also underway in Steamboat. The effort runs through Dec. 18, and toy drop-off locations include: Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty at Wildhorse Meadows, Wells Fargo downtown, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club at Howelsen Hill and UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center.
And if you love to cook and entertain, the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors has a volunteer opportunity for you. Area Realtors always host an annual community-wide Christmas dinner on Dec. 25 for anyone who might be celebrating the holidays alone, and they need donated food and volunteers to help serve the meal. To offer your help with this year's dinner, contact Ulrich Salzgeber at 970-879-4663.
This is also the time of year when it's nice to check in on your neighbors to make sure they aren't spending the holidays alone. Many of the most generous gestures don't require giving large sums of money but instead, involve giving of one's time or talents to make a significant difference in someone's day.
You can offer to run an errand for a young mom who is juggling work and three young children. You can help someone put up Christmas lights to brighten their home. You can shovel an elderly person's driveway, or you can bake some homemade Christmas cookies for the family next door.
This is truly the season of giving, and we hope Steamboat Springs continues to tap into its overflowing spirit of generosity to make sure everyone has a joy-filled holiday.