Girls’ Giving Fund provides second-year grant to EATS
November 8, 2018
A large group of young girls in Park City are running lemonade stands, walking dogs and babysitting — not to make money for themselves, but to donate the funds to nonprofits in the area.
The girls are members of the Girls’ Giving Fund, which recently awarded its second donation to the nonprofit EATS Park City.
The organization was founded last year by Paige Rock, who is now 13 years old. Her mother had invited her to join the Park City Community Foundation's Women's Giving Fund, but Rock decided to unite young girls in the community and form their own giving fund.
The group now has 107 members, up from 85 members last year. Lauren Vitulli, mentoring coordinator for the Girls’ Giving Fund, said the majority of the girls are between the ages of 10 and 13.
To see that dedication in young girls is incredible, she said.
"I wish I had the insight and foresight that they have as eighth-graders," she said. "They are amazing."
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The girls pay $100 to join the group, which Rock said most girls pay by working all year to raise money. Each year, the fund's founding members select three nonprofits that benefit young girls as finalists to receive the annual donation. Then, all members vote on which one they want to be the recipient.
EATS Park City, which stands for Eat Awesome Things at School, provides classes and other programming to educate youth and their parents about healthy eating.
The money for the $2,500 EATS donation came from membership fees, as well as money raised during last year's witch's brew, a fundraiser where the members and their mothers dressed up as witches. Last year, the girls donated $5,000 to the nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah.
Rock said it is incredible to see the fund thriving in its second year, and she is eager to see it continue to grow.
"I love seeing a bunch of different girls of different ages in Park City give back to the community," she said.