Live PC Give PC benefits trails, housing, history and Treasure watchdog
November 1, 2016
Live PC Give PC, an annual fundraising event that involves a variety of not-for-profit organizations, is scheduled on Friday.
There is information about the event on its website, livepcgivepc.razoo.com. Some of the organizations participating in Live PC Give PC include:
Mountainlands Community Housing Trust
Mountainlands Community Housing Trust is an organization that helps people find places to live in the Park City area's expensive real estate market. It offers a variety of programs and also develops housing.
Scott Loomis, the executive director of the organization, said funds raised during Live PC, Give PC will be put toward a transitional-housing program designed for people who are temporarily homeless.
People who use the transitional housing sometimes are temporarily unemployed, have health problems, are recently divorced or are the victims of domestic violence, he said. Someone who moves into the organization's transitional housing typically stays for up to a year, according to Loomis.
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He said Mountainlands Community Housing Trust lost $130,000 combined in federal and state funding for the program based on changes in priorities of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Loomis said Mountainlands Community Housing Trust once had 10 units of transitional housing, but the figure has been cut to six based on the changes. He said the organization wants to raise enough funds to increase the number back to 10.
The program since 2003 has housed 350 people in 140 families.
Mountainlands Community Housing Trust wants to raise $25,000 during Live PC Give PC.
For more information about Mountainlands Community Housing Trust, visit the organization's website, http://www.housinghelp.org or to donate on Friday visit livepcgivepc.org.
Mountain Trails Foundation
Mountain Trails Foundation is an organization dedicated to improving and expanding the area's trails network and is active in related topics like bicycling and leash-law issues.
Charlie Sturgis, the executive director of Mountain Trails Foundation, said some of the funds raised during Live PC Give PC could be put toward improvements to the WOW trail, which is on the Wasatch County side of Deer Valley. He said between $300,000 and $500,000 worth of work will be required on the trail over the next few years. He said approximately 15 miles of the WOW trail, or Wasatch Over Wasatch, are yet to be completed.
Sturgis said some funds raised during the event could go toward purchasing a trail-building machine as well as trail maintenance like removing trees from the routes.
"The public's expectation and needs are, basically, rising every year," Sturgis said.
Sturgis said funds raised during Live PC Give PC are different in nature than those the organization brings in through other mechanisms like grants since Live PC Give PC monies are not tied to a specific program or project. That "gives you some latitude" with the way the funds are used, Sturgis said.
For more information about Mountain Trails Foundation, visit the organization's website at http://www.mountaintrails.org or to donate on Friday visit livepcgivepc.org.
Treasure Hill Impact Neighborhood Coalition
The Treasure Hill Impact Neighborhood Coalition is an organization that was formed in opposition to the Treasure development proposal on a hillside overlooking Old Town along the route of the Town Lift.
A core group of people involved in the organization, which goes by the acronym THINC, hails from Old Town, but there are people involved from well outside the neighborhood. There are approximately 20 core members and more than 500 people receive regular communications from the Treasure Hill Impact Neighborhood Coalition, according to the organization.
The Treasure Hill Impact Neighborhood Coalition has led the opposition to the project by creating a website with information about Treasure, publicly challenging the assertions of the developer and retaining an attorney as the discussions about the project continue.
Brian Van Hecke, the leader of the organization, said funds raised during Live PC Give PC will be put toward attorney fees and the continuing awareness campaign.
"This could be a long, drawn-out fight," Van Hecke said.
The Treasure Hill Impact Neighborhood Coalition has wide-ranging concerns about the Treasure proposal, arguing that the project would overwhelm nearby Old Town and attract too much traffic to neighborhood roads, among other concerns.
Van Hecke said the organization wants to "preserve and protect Park City, historic Old Town" from Treasure. In Van Hecke's opinion, Treasure is one of the largest threats to the community other than, perhaps, global warming.
For more information about the Treasure Hill Impact Neighborhood Coalition, visit the group's website, http://www.thincpc.org or to donate on Friday visit livepcgivepc.org.
The Park City Museum
The Park City Museum, located in a historic building on Main Street, offers a variety of relics, stories and exhibits illustrating Park City's colorful history from its founding as a silver-mine town followed by the economic catastrophe when silver prices fell sharply and then the start of skiing.
It has long been a popular stop for visitors on Main Street wanting to learn about the community's history.
Sandra Morrison, the executive director of the Park City Museum, said funding raised during Live PC Give PC will be put into the organization's programs, including hosting traveling exhibitions, the museum's own offerings and those designed for students. Morrison said 1,800 students visited the museum without charge on field trips during the 2015-2016 school year.
She said Live PC Give PC usually raises funds from people who are normally less involved in the museum, expanding support for the organization.
"Because everybody's heard of it, it broadens our audience," Morrison said about the event.
The curator of the exhibit "Apron Chronicles" is scheduled to visit the museum for a workshop to help mark Live PC Give PC.
For more information about the Park City Museum, visit the organization's website, http://www.parkcityhistory.org or to donate on Friday visit livepcgivepc.org.