Nonprofits angling for Live PC Give PC donors work with immigrants, veterans and young athletes
November 7, 2018
Park City takes on its annual mad dash of fundraising over 24 hours Friday when Live PC Give PC, an annual Park City Community Foundation event, kicks off at midnight. A host of local nonprofits are looking to raise as much money as possible in that time span, whether it's for providing legal help to immigrants, improving the lives of veterans or in memoriam of a beloved local athlete.
Sam Jackenthal Fund
Three years after his tragic skiing death at the age of 16, Sam Jackenthal's presence is still felt around Park City, his home.
"It's a constant reminder of how short life is and how much of an impact we can make on the people we come across," Ron Jackenthal, his father, said. "Sam was a very big personality and a very positive influence on a lot of people."
A section of terrain at Park City Mountain Resort is named after the late freestyle skier, and the Millennium Trail tunnel underneath S.R. 224, the site of numerous informal, spray-painted memorials, is now covered in color as a result of a county project.
Ron continues his son's legacy with the Sam Jackenthal Fund, which provides scholarships to Youth Sports Alliance athletes. While the fund is separate from YSA for the purposes of Live PC Give PC, he said it's closely tied with the organization.
"There are plenty of non-competitive youth athletes that just need assistance in some way shape or form," Ron said. "We can help them by raising awareness and driving donations and putting it back in the community."
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Ron hopes for $35,000 raised from 250 donors for the fund, though he only states the hard numbers as a formality. He simply wants to see as much engagement as possible.
Immigrant Legal Services
Immigration is a cultural and political topic that is nearly impossible to escape in 2018, most notably highlighted in the campaigns that led up to Tuesday's midterm election. The staff of Immigrant Legal Services, a nonprofit based out of Salt Lake City, is hoping that increased awareness will help them reach their goal of $10,000 raised over Live PC Give PC.
"With the (Central American) caravan and President Trump's declaration about wanting to end birthright citizenship, immigration is really on the brain," executive director Kate Barber said. We're hoping to translate that into real help for immigrants."
ILS offers legal services to immigrant and refugee families in the area at low or free rates, and also hosts free events like consultations in Park City. The nonprofit employs two (soon to be three, Barber said) full-time attorneys, who are bilingual in English and Spanish, to help clients navigate paperwork, give legal advice and even provide representation in immigration court when deportation could be on the line. Donations from Live PC Give PC would go toward lowering the nonprofit's rates.
Barber said that services specifically geared toward immigrants are needed because family dynamics often complicate matters. Many families in the area, for example, have a mixed immigration background. Members of the same household might have different legal statuses and documentation.
The nonprofit's leader also wants to dispel common preconceptions of what the American immigrant typically looks like.
"It's the next door neighbor, who maybe came from Nigeria, it's their friend from England, it's people in their families," Barber said.
Canines with a Cause
Cathy King has watched a small nonprofit she founded in Park City eight years ago grow into a multi-state service.
Canines with a Cause, based in Salt Lake, pairs up veterans in Utah, Nevada and Idaho who have post-traumatic stress disorder with healthy dogs from local shelters, with the intent of establishing a symbiotic relationship. High rates of the millions of Americans who have served in combat since 9/11 return home with PTSD, and the organization's goal is to provide them with companionship and emotional support in canine form.
To do this, the canines, which sometimes receive a brief obedience training regimen at the Utah State Prison, and their new owners attend weekly training sessions to bring them closer together. Veterans who already have a dog can participate as well.
On Friday, King is hoping to continue getting the word out about her organization and the services available to veterans in Summit County.
"This is the time of year that we do get a little bit more (engagement)," King said. "We are a homegrown nonprofit and always will be."