Education-based non-profits participate in Live PC Give PC
Every year, Parkites band together for Live PC Give PC, a day dedicated to supporting one of Park City’s most plentiful resources — non-profit organizations. Live PC Give PC kicks off Friday, Nov. 6, this year, and while there are dozens of organizations worthy of support, here are a few geared toward helping students in Park City. To donate to organizations during Live PC Give PC, visit livepcgivepc.org.
Park City Cooperative Preschool
For Linda Perkins, lead teacher of the PC Coop Preschool, the best part of participating in Live PC Give PC doesn’t come in the form of dollar signs. Rather, the thing that makes the day so crucial is the platform it offers to get the word out about the school and garner some community involvement.
"Live PC Give PC is especially important to us," she said. "It’s not even so much in terms of dollars, but in the community outreach piece of it. It gives us an opportunity for people to participate and donate at an accessible level. And we get to include extended family and grandparents of our students."
That’s not to say the money the school raises isn’t also important, however. Perkins said the school typically raises between $1,200 and $1,900 during Live PC Give PC, and this Friday it’s hoping for its best year ever. The money will go toward furnishings such as a new kitchen set and playground equipment at the school’s new digs in the recently renovated Park City Library.
"We’re really hoping to maybe break that $2,000 ceiling this time," she said. "That would be a significant percentage of our annual fundraising budget. We keep our tuition affordable, so it usually falls on our current parents to do all the fundraising. So it’s nice to be able to have something like this that doesn’t all fall on them running a garage sale or a raffle or selling things. It’s a simply way to raise a nice chunk of money. It’s a great concept."
For more information on Park City Cooperative Preschool, visit parkcitycoop.com.
EATS Park City
As a relatively new non-profit in town, EATS Park City doesn’t have the longstanding reputation of other organizations that are participating in Live PC Give PC. But for Ann Bloomquist, president and co-founder, that’s part of the fun.
She said Live PC Give PC offers a chance for EATS PC to spread more awareness about the organization’s mission of working with local school districts to ensure students are fed healthy food. It’s an undertaking that the community has welcomed so far.
"That says the community really wants what we’re doing," Bloomquist said. "We’ve found nothing but support when we go out and talk about the fact our kids need to eat better."
Bloomquist said EATS PC relies largely on grants to fund its programs and outreach. But grants don’t often pay for things such as personnel and marketing materials. That’s where Live PC Give PC comes in. It hopes to raise $15,000, up from the roughly $12,600 it raised last year.
"Our goal is for the whole program to be sustainable," Bloomquist said. "We want to have a really healthy, financially stable program so that we can continue to increase participation and improve the food to the point where nobody has to think about it — you just know it’s going to be good and healthy and that kids are going to want to eat it."
EATS PC will be promoting itself Friday morning at Whole Foods, Smiths and the Park City Municipal Athletic and Recreation Center. Additionally, students will be dressed up as vegetables at Treasure Mountain Junior High and McPolin Elementary School during student drop-off times.
Visit eatsparkcity.org for more information on EATS PC.
Park City Day School
The Park City Day School has a unique take on Live PC Give PC. It’s a great day to raise money for crucial programs, sure, but it’s also a chance to teach students a valuable lesson.
"We connect it for our students to our service learning program, to really speak to the ways in which being part of the community means supporting the non-profits," said Tess Miner-Farra, assistant head of school. "We really try and make sure our participation in Live PC Give PC goes beyond the donations we might get to promoting the idea of philanthropy in general to students and families."
As far as fundraising, the school gets most of its donations on Live PC Give PC from parents or others with connections to the school, Miner-Farra said. However, many who don’t have a particular allegiance to the school also donate.
"There are a lot of people who contribute to our school, as well as others in Park City," she said. "They believe that a rich educational landscape with options is good for the community as a whole."
The school is hoping to raise around $30,000, Miner-Farra said. The money goes to funding vital programs the school provides for students.
"Like most independent schools, the revenue that comes from tuition does not cover the cost of the programs that we offer for students," she said. "Tuition covers about 85 percent of our total cost and programs. So in order to have the dedicated specialists that we have in P.E. and science and arts and music and Spanish, and to offer the small class sizes that we do, these funds allow us to cover those costs."
For more information, visit parkcitydayschool.org.
Hereditary Colon Cancer Foundation
For the Hereditary Colon Cancer Foundation, Live PC Give PC could mean saving a life. The organization is partnering with Salt Lake City-based Myriad Genetics to allow Parkites to meet with genetic counselors to fill out a family medical history chart to evaluate risk of hereditary colon cancer.
Statistics indicate that about 200 to 400 people in Park City have some form of hereditary cancer, said Shawnie Bray, who founded the Hereditary Colon Cancer Foundation with her husband, Travis. And early detection is critical. Residents can meet with the genetic counselors on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Park City Library.
"Anyone who has a first-degree relative who’s been diagnosed with cancer under the age of 50, or two first-degree relatives who have been diagnosed with cancer at all, needs to take a look at their family history and have a genetic assessment," Bray said.
In addition to providing the free counseling sessions for residents, the foundation is hoping Live PC Give PC serves as a platform to gain a larger presence in town. The foundation, which serves people all over the country, has recently helped four local families find information and get genetic testing and is picking up steam in Park City.
"It’s really important," Bray said. "We’re a small organization here in Park City and don’t have too many opportunities to let the community know we’re here. So Live PC Give PC gives us a chance to raise some awareness about the services that we offer the community and the country, at large."
More information on the Hereditary Colon Cancer Foundation can be found at hcctakesguts.org.
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