Matching Challenge Ends on Tuesday, June 30th at Midnight
An anonymous donor has challenged the Yampa Valley community to raise $25K for the COVID19 Response Fund in June. Every dollar donated in June will be doubled, up to the $25,000 match, resulting in a total of $50,000 that will be distributed to nonprofits in our communities who are serving the individuals and families affected by the pandemic. Local students have answered that challenge and stepped up in an impactful way to help our local community be stronger as COVID-19 continues to present challenges (and will continue to offer new challenges). With their help and the generous donations of many others, we are just $6,000 away from fulfilling the challenge.
The Strawberry Park Elementary School 4th grade class held a parade and presented YVCF with a donation of $4,000 to support the COVID-19 Emergency Fund’s efforts. With the guidance of their teachers, the 4th graders participated in their annual fundraising to benefit Kiva – a nonprofit that provides crowdfunding loans for unbanked people worldwide. This year, an anonymous donor offered to match the funds raised for the Kiva program. The 4th graders decided to take the matching funds and distribute them to local organizations benefiting those in our community who have been impacted by the COVID19 crisis. Ultimately, they decided to donate to the YVCF COVID19 Response Fund, LiftUp of Routt County, and Snow Bowl.
The second group of students to donate is the Green Team at Steamboat Springs Middle School. The team selects a few nonprofits in the community to give annually, and this year, the Green Team students decided to donate to the COVID19 Response Fund.
As we start reopening our communities, the future is unsure, and there are many “what-if’s” to consider. Will there be another wave of infections? Will businesses be able to remain open? Will nonprofits be able to survive the loss of revenue from canceled events and fundraisers? What will happen to families currently relying on federal funding programs that will run out this summer? Undoubtedly, the crisis is far from over. The vulnerable populations in our communities will continue to need support, and the nonprofits that serve them will also need sustained funding for their critical services and programs.
We challenge you to join the students of Strawberry Park Elementary School’s 4th-grade class and the Green Team from Steamboat Springs Middle School to help us in meeting the $25K COVID19 Response Fund challenge by midnight on June 30. Your gift is an integral piece in ensuring that our community remains strong and viable through all phases of the pandemic. Any amount donated is appreciated, and no gift is too small.