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Education-centered nonprofits seek funding during Live PC Give PC

Come Friday, it will be hard to go anywhere in Park City without noticing the fluorescent colors of the Live PC Give PC signs and the shirts worn by the volunteers waving them.

The annual event, which is put on by the Park City Community Foundation, provides an opportunity for residents to donate to nonprofits that benefit the community until midnight on Friday. Dozens of organizations are participating in the event, but here are a handful of those with education at their forefront.

Camp Hobe

This summer camp has been serving youths in Summit County for decades, but it is the first time the nonprofit is participating in Live PC Give PC.

Camp Hobe is a summer camp for kids throughout the state undergoing treatment for cancer or similar disorders. Their siblings are also invited to participate, said Christina Beckwith, executive director of Camp Hobe.

"It's really the kid's chance to get away from being a sick kid," she said. "It's hard to be a kid and feel like everything in your life revolves around going to the doctor or trying to avoid getting exposed to infection."

Beckwith said the camp is designed so the kids can have fun and be carefree, all while developing friendships with youth going through similar trials.

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Beckwith said the nonprofit hopes to raise $2,100 during Live PC Give PC, which is enough for two campers for the five-day overnight camps and two campers for the two-day camp session. Donations help keep the costs low so the camp is affordable and available to every kid who wants to participate.

Another Way School

Diane Bode, founder of Another Way School, has always had big dreams for the school. What started as a rural classroom in 2004 has developed to include several educational programs, and Bode is planning to expand even more.

Another Way School, which blends Montessori principles and outdoor education, is raising money through Live PC Give PC to open a new community education center that would include an indoor horse arena, classrooms and an artificial ski slope. She said she came up with the idea for the center after the deaths of two 13-year-old Park City boys in 2016. After their deaths, the boys' friends from Treasure Mountain Junior High came to Another Way School and told Bode that a community center would benefit the youth in the area by providing them with activities to participate in.

Bode said she started making plans for the center this summer. It is expected to take $1.2 million to construct, and she said the money raised on Friday will help with the construction of the center.

"I want this to be a community center available to everyone," Bode said.

On Friday, the school plans to host an open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to talk about its plans for expansion.

Bill White Agriculture Education and Sustainability Center

Bill White Farms has come a long way from raising only a few bucks three years ago during its first Live PC Give PC fundraising campaign.

Bill White, founder of the nonprofit, said the organization received more donations last year, and he hopes to keep building off that foundation.

The money raised from the day of giving will be used to fund the farm's contributions to other nonprofits and organizations, including the Peace House and the People's Health Clinic. White said the nonprofit provides staff and food for fundraiser events so the groups can save on event expenses and redirect those funds toward their own work.

"What we've really focused on are community charities that help our community become a stronger place," he said. "Every dollar that someone gives to us helps numerous other charities."

The nonprofit also donates food to the Christian Center of Park City to be used in its pantry so low-income families can have healthy diets. Donations are used entirely to fund the operation of the farms.

The Hope Alliance

The Hope Alliance strives to deliver basic health care services to those who lack access, and that takes the nonprofit to communities all over the world.

Its roots, however, are deep in Park City after being founded here in 1999, and participating in Live PC Give PC since its inception. Dell Fuller, a chairman of the board for The Hope Alliance, said the nonprofit uses the funds every year to run its international service trips and pay for its equipment.

The nonprofit specializes in offering vision clinics in countries such as Uganda and Guatemala. It also runs health clinics in some of Utah's Native American reservations, refugee communities in Salt Lake City and at the People's Health Clinic.

Several volunteers from Park City and other parts of the state are involved in the humanitarian work, Fuller said. He said The Hope Alliance tries to bring young students in the area on the trips to teach them about service.

To continue funding the expeditions, Fuller said the nonprofit hopes to raise between $15,000 and $20,000 during this year's fundraiser.