Stories from the Valley

Trail use surges & volunteer efforts are limited: the time is now to support our trails 

Trail use surges & volunteer efforts are limited: the time is now to support our trails  The Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund is launching the first "Meter Match" challenge, encouraging visitors and locals to support trails that have seen a surge in use since COVID-19. In addition to dramatically increased pressure on local trails, volunteer organizations' efforts that typically complete trail work have been limited or completely halted.  The $15,000 Meter Match will support maintenance efforts and prevent our treasured trails from falling into disrepair. According to a survey by American Trails, work and maintenance on trails nationally have been significantly impacted ...
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GRAHAM MUIR – 2020 INDIVIDUAL PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR

Graham “Bush” Muir is well-known among those he coaches at his Manic Training gym as someone who will push you to your limits and beyond. He is a hard driver with a work ethic and intrinsic motivation beyond compare. But it is Graham’s innate desire to help those in need and capacity to create a movement, an opportunity to do good, out of seemingly ordinary situations that truly defines who he is. Yampa Valley Community Foundation recently surprised Graham at his training facility, presenting him with the recognition as the 2020 Individual Philanthropist of the Year. Graham and his wife ...
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STEAMBOAT ACE HARDWARE – 2020 BUSINESS PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR

According to Marc Swanson, owner of Steamboat Ace Hardware, “A hardware store is rooted in its community, helping people with projects big and small. There are so many different ways that we help our community members on a daily basis through our business, charitable giving and philanthropy are just a natural extension of the business.” As the 2020 Business Philanthropist of the Year, Steamboat Ace Hardware is recognized for giving back in a multitude of ways and to the tune of over $1 Million in donations to Yampa Valley nonprofits since it opened in 1984. Started by Marc’s grandparents in ...
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MADDIE CRAIGEN – 2020 YOUTH PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR

“With one kind gesture you can change a life. One person at a time you can change the world. One day at a time we can change everything.” This quote from Steve Maraboli is the mantra by which Madeleine (Maddie) Craigen leads her life, and these are words that guide her in accomplishing her vision of making positive changes in our world. Maddie was recently recognized as the 2020 Yampa Valley Youth Philanthropist of the Year for her work in creating change locally and inspiring others to do the same, creating a ripple effect that has far-reaching effects beyond the ...
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June $25K COVID19 Response Fund Matching Challenge just $6,000 away from being met, thanks in part to local students

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) ...
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Steamboat Springs 4th grade class kicks off $25,000 Matching Challenge to Support the efforts of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Steamboat Springs 4th grade class kicks off $25,000 Matching Challenge to Support the efforts of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund Matching Challenge Begins on Tuesday, June 2nd at 11 AM The Yampa Valley Community Foundation announces a $25,000 matching challenge for the Yampa Valley COVID-19 Emergency Fund. An anonymous donor has offered to match the next $25,000 in donations so that each dollar you give beginning on at 11 AM on Tuesday, June 2nd is doubled automatically. Coincidentally, the Strawberry Park Elementary School 4th grade class held a parade to present YVCF with a donation of $4,000, which will automatically be ...
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WHILD Stories: Becky Edmiston… Benevolent Beekeeper!

WHILD Stories: Becky Edmiston… Benevolent Beekeeper! By Michael Osterman Bees have been declared to be “the most important living being on the planet” by the Earthwatch Institute.  While that may be a bit controversial, there is wide agreement that one-third of our global food supply is pollinated by bees.  Perhaps more consequential, 75% of the leading agricultural crops worldwide either depend upon or benefit from the pollination of the honey bee.  And yet, this critical insect is endangered and experiencing significant decline.   There seems to be a consensus that the causes are due to habitat loss, climate change, toxic pesticides, ...
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