Summit Foundation releases $28,000 in emergency funds |

Summit Foundation releases $28,000 in emergency funds

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Summit County, CO Colorado

The Summit Foundation has awarded $28,000 for emergency assistance in Summit County. These funds will make an immediate and significant difference in the lives of Summit County families, ensuring those who need immediate help with utilities, rent, food and clothing are not left in the cold.

“The Summit Foundation’s dedication to improving the quality of life for the residents of Summit County is no more evident than in emergency assistance to the community during this time of economic need.” said Steve Hill, assistant Summit County manager.

This injection of emergency funds will be allocated to and administered by the Family and Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC), Department of Social Services, Advocates for Victims of Assault, and local food banks. The need is demonstrated by families such as Sarah and Tom and their two small children who attend Summit School District. They came into FIRC’s office recently seeking assistance. The slower winter economy has had a negative effect on the family’s small business which has cause them to fall behind on their utility bills. In the midst of winter, they received a disconnection notice for their family home and are facing the tough winter months ahead without warmth.

“We can assist this family and many more like them through financial assistance as well as education to ensure they have the ability to keep the heat on,” said Jamie Harmon, FIRC’s Development and Volunteer Manager.

“Understanding that charitable giving is down and the need for assistance is up, The Summit Foundation is taking a proactive position in our community,” said Lee Zimmerman, executive director of The Summit Foundation. The Summit Foundation has played a very important in role in the struggle to help families in crisis.

For the past 25 years, The Summit Foundation has been acutely aware of the needs in Summit County, and is pleased to announce the dispersal of these emergency funds. This is a one-time allocation recognized during the December grant awards.

Zimmerman acknowledges, “These emergency funds were available because of the generous support offered by the Summit County community.”

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