Summit Foundation releases emergency funds |

Summit Foundation releases emergency funds

Summit County, CO Colorado

The Summit Foundation has awarded $28,000 in emergency assistance to local social-service organizations to provide immediate help with utilities, rent, food and clothing for those in need.

“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 has been allocated to the Family and Intercultural Resource Center, the Summit County Department of Social Services, Advocates for Victims of Assault and local food banks.

“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, the organization’s executive director.

The need, according to the foundation, is demonstrated by families such as Sarah and Tom and their two small children who attend schools in the Summit School District. They came into FIRC’s office recently seeking assistance. The slow economy has hampered the family’s small business, causing them to fall behind on their utility bills. In the midst of winter, they received a utility-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.

The one-time allocation was announced during the December grant awards.

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

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