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Summit County charity news: Rotary Club seeks to help flood victims

Rotary Club seeks to help flood victims

The recent floods along Colorado’s Front Range communities have impacted the lives of thousands and caused major property damage, and our Summit County community is responding with characteristic care for neighbors in need. The Rotary Club of Summit County and the Rotary Club of Breckenridge Mountain are working with many other Rotary Clubs across the state and beyond to promote and coordinate financial donations that will be directed to where that money will do the most good for the floods’ victims. Our local Rotarians have begun making donations and they invite others in the Summit County community to join them in that effort. Checks can be made out to “Summit County Rotary Charitable Fund” (501C3 # 84-1215233), with “Flood Relief” in the memo line, and mailed to P.O. Box 4401, Frisco, CO 80443. Donors are asked to provide their names and addresses in order to receive written acknowledgment and income tax receipt. Summit County Rotary has also registered with FEMA to offer volunteer services during cleanup and recovery from the flooding, and invites others to join its members in those efforts. Some opportunities have been announced, but with dangerous conditions in many of the affected areas, others are still pending. Anyone interested in participating or obtaining more information may contact Rotary by email at

Rotary Club supports military troops

The Rotary Club of Summit County is proud to announce that it has spent more than $50,000 on supporting our deployed troops and disabled service members returning from war. Much of this money has been donated by the community, for which we are most grateful. They know that we will use the funds wisely. One of our Summit County service members recently sent an e-mail from Afghanistan: “I am a flight medic in a DUSTOFF unit and don’t have time to hit the chow hall sometimes. The healthy snacks were a blessing during those inopportune times my job provides. Thank you for the amazing care packages.” If you have a loved one serving in Afghanistan, let us know. We need your support in continuing to brighten the days of these brave young people. Please send a donation to the “Summit County Rotary Charitable Fund,” P.O. Box 4401, Frisco, CO 80443. Put “Troop Support” on the check, please. Note that contributions are tax deductible as the SCRCF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Thank you so much. For further information, contact or (970) 453-4778.

Wells Fargo awards grants to 12 local groups

Twelve nonprofit organizations in Eagle Valley and Summit County received grants from the 20th annual Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund, said Wade Gebhardt, Wells Fargo’s business banking manager for the Eagle-Summit market. The the investments totaled $9,000.

“The communities throughout the Eagle Valley and Summit County are known as great places for people to visit and play. They’re also wonderful places to live, work and do business,” Gebhardt said in a news release. “Working together to help those less fortunate is at the heart of our community and a priority for Wells Fargo. There are so many small, local, grassroots organizations that fill an important role in our community. We greatly appreciate their efforts on behalf of all of us and we’re proud to make these grants as part of our overall community investment efforts.”

The following organizations received Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund grants: 4 Eagle Foundation, Beaver Ponds environmental Education Center, Boys and Girls Club of South Park Inc., CASA of the Continental Divide, Charitable Foundation of the Vail Eagle Valley Rotary Club, Early Childhood Partners Inc., Food Rescue Express Eagle County, Mountain Tots Preschool, Red Ribbon Project, Starting Hearts Inc., Summit County Senior Citizens Inc., and Vail Mountain Rescue Group.

Statewide, more than 200 qualified, community-based nonprofits in Colorado will receive funding in 2013 from Wells Fargo through the Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund. Eligible organizations must be certified 501(c)(3) and have an annual budget of $350,000 or less.

The Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund was started in 1993 to provide greatly needed support to small nonprofit groups that don’t have the resources to compete with larger organizations for community support dollars. Since the fund’s inception, more than 4,000 grants totaling more than $3.9 million have been awarded.

The Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund is part of the company’s overall community support initiatives. In 2012, Wells Fargo donated $4.3 million to 1,200 nonprofit organizations in Colorado, and team members logged more than 28,000 volunteer hours.

— Daily News staff reports

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