The foundation was started by Mara McManus Rhodes, Co-Founder of The Rx Task Force after she lost her younger brother and only sibling in 2014 to opiate addiction. In collaboration with The Yampa Valley Community Foundation, donations will benefit educational programs for youth, parents, clinicians, coaches, mentors and professionals.
Why did you start a fund with the Yampa Valley Community Foundation?
Mara – I want to bring normalcy to the issue of opiate addiction. In the United States, it is estimated that 140 people are lost daily due to drug overdose. This problem is affecting communities nationwide. This fund was created to address the issue locally today and tomorrow using the power of education.
What story do you want your fund to tell the Yampa Valley?
Mara – Opiate addiction is everyone’s problem. There has been a stigma associated with addiction that it only affects certain demographics. We utilize education to demystify who is really at risk for addiction. Focusing on proactive education, rather than reactive methods, the fund seeks to educate parents, patients, and people of all ages about the benefits of alternate options for pain injury treatment or chronic conditions.
What would you say to others who are thinking about starting a fund at YVCF?
Mara – I think that YVCF makes it easy by removing the red tape. They remove the burden of fund administration. Their service provides peace of mind that these funds go back to our community and are managed properly. YVCF makes it easy to follow your passion and focus on what is important – the cause.