Nonprofit news: Summit County Cares Emergency Assistance fund reaches $50,000 |

Nonprofit news: Summit County Cares Emergency Assistance fund reaches $50,000

Summit County Cares Emergency Assistance fund reaches $50,000

The Summit County Cares holiday fundraiser has reached its $50,000 goal. Summit County Cares is Summit County’s largest emergency assistance fund, which last year helped over 700 locals facing eviction, disconnection of heat or in need of medical care. One hundred percent of the money raised in this fundraiser is used to pay rent, utility and medical bills for locals unable to provide the basic needs. Money is collected through The Summit Foundation and used to help clients of the Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC), Advocates for Victims of Assault, Community Care Clinic and Social Services. Donations are accepted year-round to the Summit County Cares fund at the Summit Foundation.

Mountain Mentors seeks volunteers

Summit County Youth and Family Services invites local residents to celebrate the 14th annual National Mentoring Month by becoming mentors for children and teens in the community. Summit County’s Mountain Mentors program currently has 54 mentor-mentee matches and has served more than 2,000 young people since its inception in 1987. Mentors spend a few hours per week with their mentees in one-on-one activities tailored to their interests and needs, or in organized group activities like museum visits, hikes, baseball games and community service projects. Mountain Mentors pairs adult volunteers with youth ages 8 through 16. Each volunteer must be at least 21 years old and make a one-year commitment to meeting eight hours per month with his or her mentee. Activities can include helping with schoolwork, going to a recreation center or spending time outdoors. To learn more about becoming a Mountain Mentor, or to refer a prospective mentee to the program, contact Shawna Lane at (970) 668-9182, or visit

4-H Horse Project winter meetings scheduled

Summit County 4-H is hosting two winter meetings for new and returning horse members, Tuesday, Jan. 20 and Tuesday, Feb. 10, 4:30–6 p.m., County Commons/Frisco. Please RSVP for pizza at: or (970) 668-4142. Meetings are open to Summit County 4-H members ages 8-18 who plan to lease or own a horse to work on record books, demonstrations, educational opportunities and 4-H level skills. All youth participating in the summer Open/4-H horse shows and gymkhanas are required to have passed Colorado 4-H level one written and riding tests to be eligible to participate. These 4-H winter meetings will prepare youth to learn and pass the required level tests. Welcome and thank you to 4-H leader, Patty Schellman, who has more than 35 years of equine teaching experience and is a certified Western and English riding instructor. Enroll in Summit County 4-H at:

Dialogue Over Dinner takes place Jan. 14

Parents learn more about health, nutrition and sleep for adolescents at Dialogue Over Dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at Summit Middle School from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The evening is free and includes dinner by All Seasons Catering and child care. Please RSVP with Natalia at (970) 455-0228 or email For more information visit

Romp to Stomp seeks volunteers

Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series seeks volunteers for the Saturday, March 7 event at the Frisco Nordic Center. The Tubbs Romp to Stomp benefits Susan G. Komen Colorado. Volunteers are needed for several positions the week prior, Friday night’s Pink Party and all day Saturday for the event. Please contact Melissa if you are interested at or register at Stomping out breast cancer one snowshoe step at a time.

Volunteer to shovel for Summit seniors

Summit County Seniors are looking for help with snow shoveling. If you are interested in doing some shoveling this winter for local seniors, please contact Valerie at (970) 668-2941 or the front desk at (970) 668-2940.

Volunteer with Breckenridge Backstage Theatre

The 41st season is here with an exciting array of theatrical presentations. If you love live theater, support the artistic endeavors of amazingly talented folk, can occasionally wield a hammer, saw, or paintbrush and enjoy the camaraderie and fun of working the box office, come join an enthusiastic group of dedicated theater volunteers. Contact for more information.

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