Summit County Cares fund community fundraiser |

Summit County Cares fund community fundraiser

Summit County, CO Colorado

A large-scale community fundraiser, Summit County Cares, has been created to address basic needs assistance for the Summit Community.

Members from each of the Summit County media organizations including Krystal 93, NRC Broadcasting, RSN, SCTV, Comcast and Summit Daily News in conjunction with the Summit Foundation and local nonprofits have agreed to join forces to raise funds for the Summit County Cares fund.

The Summit County Cares Campaign will run until Dec. 31 all throughout Summit County. The goal is to raise $125,000 for the community.

Summit County Cares funds will provide basic needs assistance to residents in crises. This will give the community much needed aid for emergency food, rent assistance, utility assistance, healthcare and clothing.

The goal for the fund can easily be accomplished with a $5 donation from every Summit County resident. Businesses with 100 percent donation participation will receive recognition throughout the campaign on air and on the web.

The need in Summit County is great and it grows every day. Many residents of the community work in low-wage, service-industry jobs that may not provide enough for the high cost of living. These jobs are crucial for the stability of the local economy, yet they do not supply sufficient funds for many residents trying to support a family. Basic needs assistance can provide help for many in financial crisis and can prevent heat disconnection, or worse, homelessness.

Summit County is not immune to the difficult economic times affecting the nation, and the rising energy costs hit our community even harder in the cold mountain winters. The local food banks have seen client numbers double, with nearly a third of those requesting assistance proving to be first-time clients. Food banks are drying up, and assistance funds are beginning to disappear, but it is possible to change the problem. With the help of the whole community, Summit County can raise enough money to ensure residents can stay in their homes, keep the heat on and put dinner on the table.

The need is enormous and our local media has come together for a common purpose, now Summit County residents must join the cause to show those in need that Summit County Cares. Donations can be sent to: Summit County Cares, c/o The Summit Foundation, P.O. Box 4000, Breckenridge, CO 80424.

Donations may also be made online starting Nov. 19, at any of the following websites:

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