Stories from the Valley

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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2020 YVCF Community Grant Round

2020 YVCF Community Grant Round Yampa Valley Community Foundation (YVCF) Community Grant Cycle opens May 22nd. YVCF, in partnership with the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, Donor Advised Fund Holders, and other Granting Endowments supports Routt and Moffat county nonprofits who benefit the Yampa Valley through this annual Community Grants Cycle. The Community Foundation understands that our local nonprofits currently face greater demands and fewer resources. To respond to the growing needs of our community due to COVID-19, we have streamlined our application and will waive for this year the one-year "sit out" requirement for nonprofits who have received funding ...
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WZ Giving Circle Grants $27K During Virtual Spring Meeting

At its recent spring 2020 meeting, the WZ Giving Circle funded eight grants totaling $26,964 to assist local families in need.  The WZ Giving Circle reviews proposals submitted by partner organizations on behalf of individuals or families experiencing a crisis and in need of immediate financial assistance.  During this biannual round of granting, organizations that received funding are: United Way of Routt County/Routt to Success, LiftUp of Routt County, South Routt School District & Town of Oak Creek, Integrated Community and Come As You Are. A few examples of the needs met include: $7,000 toward a cochlear implant for an ...
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