Summit County’s day of giving returns Friday
All eyes will be on more than 100 nonprofit organizations that serve Summit County on Friday while they vie for donations as part of the 24-hour drive: Live PC Give PC.
The Park City Community Foundation is once again sponsoring the event to help spread the word about the participating organizations and the work that they do.
From midnight to midnight on Nov. 9, donations will be accepted at http://www.livepcgivepc.org, with a minimum $5 donation required. There is no maximum donation for the event. The organizations will receive the full donation, excluding credit card and website fees.
The Park City Community Foundation is offering prizes as additional grants to the nonprofits. Last year, more than 4,000 donors raised about $2.02 million during the 24-hour period for 107 nonprofits.
Summit County Recovery Foundation
When former attorney and recovering alcoholic Roy Parker moved to Summit County five years ago and started volunteering in the county’s Drug Court, he found himself drawn to the Summit County Recovery Foundation.
The foundation helps participants of Drug Court transition from the criminal justice system to recovery by helping them secure housing and employment, as well as paying for food and clothing. Drug Court is an intense rehabilitation program that serves as an alternative to jail time for eligible participants. Former Summit County Prosecutor Matt Bates and Public Defender Paul Quinlan founded the organization. Twenty-five people are currently enrolled in Drug Court.
“Oftentimes people come out of jail and have nothing,” Parker said. “We lend financial support to help them get on the road to independence.”
Parker, who took over as executive director of the foundation in 2016, said it has grown exponentially in recent years. He said the budget has increased from about $5,000 to $20,000 a year, mainly from donations and events such as Live PC Give PC. Parker donates his time.
“We have gone from being unknown to being called on to offer presentations in the high schools and help with the Sheriff’s Office and Police Department,” he said.
The foundation participated in Live PC Give PC for the first time last year, raising more than $8,000. Parker said the funds collected this year will help the foundation expand its transitional housing from four to 10 beds.
“We help save lives and we help save families,” he said. “I get tingles and tears just thinking about it. It has been remarkable to see the support that we have been given. These people are suffering from a disease — the disease of addiction. It’s not a shortcoming.”
Parker will be in front of High West Distillery from noon to 12 p.m. on Friday.
Utah Avalanche Center
Utah did not record any avalanche-related fatalities over the last two seasons. Chad Brackelsberg, executive director of the Utah Avalanche Center, says that means two things: Backcountry users are being cautious and the nonprofit organization’s educational programs are working.
The UAC provides avalanche forecasting for the entire state, as well as mountain weather awareness and training. The UAC works with the local ski resorts, law enforcement and the Utah Department of Transportation to host workshops and education programs in various communities throughout the year.
“That we have gone two years in a row with no fatalities shows the success of forecasting and the education programs that we have,” Brackelsberg said.
Funding for the UAC is provided through multiple entities, with a portion of the money coming from government agencies and the lion’s share coming from other sources, including private or individual donations. The UAC has participated in Live PC Give PC every year since the event was first held.
“It’s a significant source of funding for us,” Brackelsberg said. “Even more, though, is it’s a great chance for us to get awareness in the Park City community about what we do. Park City is rapidly growing with backcountry users.”
The money that is raised during the donation drive will be used to cover the costs of forecasting and education services in Summit and Wasatch counties, Brackelsberg said. The UAC regularly offers avalanche awareness discussions through the Park City area and at the high schools. Field-based classes for motorized and non-motorized users are also available along the Wasatch Back.
UAC staff members will be at the Snyderville Basin Recreation Fieldhouse on Friday between 7 and 10 a.m. For more information about the UAC go to utahavalanchecenter.org.
Save People Save Wildlife
When several moose were killed on Interstate 80 near Jeremy Ranch in 2015, residents in nearby Snyderville Basin neighborhoods rallied to advocate for fencing along that stretch of the interstate.
They started a grassroots campaign to put pressure on the Utah Department of Transportation to consider placing wildlife fencing or crossings along Interstate 80 near Jeremy Ranch and Summit Park. UDOT eventually agreed to install wildlife fencing after a group staged a protest in July of 2015 and split the costs with Save People Save Wildlife.
“What we have been able to do is galvanize the community to basically help close the fencing gaps, which has resulted in an open dialogue and partnership with UDOT and the county,” said Sharon Cantwell, treasurer of Save People Save Wildlife. “We have been able to act as sort of the alarm in terms of drawing attention to these issues that has threatened so many human lives and taken the animals that we like to admire and make our community special.”
The organization is funded entirely through donations from the community and group members. It will be the first time Save People Save Wildlife is participating in Live PC Give PC. Any funding will be used to install more wildlife fencing between Jeremy Ranch and Kimball Junction, as well as place cattle guards at the Jeremy Ranch exits and entrances, and landscape the new wildlife crossing over the interstate, Cantwell said.
“Through our conversations with UDOT and the county, we were made aware that there is no funding and will not be any funding to close the significant gaps in fencing that will remain after the 2018 I-80 project comes to a close,” she said.
Cantwell said it will take $1 million to provide the fencing, cattle guards and landscaping for the wildlife overpass. She said Live PC Give PC could help with funding and raising awareness about the organization to inspire volunteers who can help strategize and achieve the mission of making Park City’s entrance corridor safer.
“I was never lucky enough to be able to witness our majestic wildlife anywhere else in the United States, and I felt like it was a pleasure and an honor to be able to live peacefully and co-exist with these animals,” she said. “Let’s make our welcome mat into Park City safe for all who travel.”
Save People Save Wildlife will have a donation station at Whole Foods on Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information about the organization, go to savepeoplesavewildlife.org.
Utah Clean Energy Alliance
The Utah Clean Energy Alliance, a nonprofit organization established in 2001, is a nonpartisan group working to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy through solution-based policies and programs at the local, state and federal level.
The organization recently merged with Summit Community Power Works, the local nonprofit organization that spearheaded the county’s entry for Georgetown University’s national energy-saving competition. It allows Utah Clean Energy to have a more noticeable presence in Summit County and Park City.
“We are working with Park City and Summit County to continue to help the community reach its ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gases,” said Kevin Emerson, executive director of Utah Clean Energy.
Utah Clean Energy, like many nonprofit organizations, is funded through a combination of individual and corporate donors, as well as local and national foundations, and state and federal grants. Emerson said the goal is to raise $7,500 for Utah Clean Energy and SCPW through Live PC Give PC.
People who donate to Utah Clean Energy through Live PC Give PC will be supporting the organization’s general work across the state and the ongoing work in Summit County and Park City. All funds raised will support the SCPW Challenge and other programming.
The challenge, launched at the end of August, encourages 200 Summit County households to reduce their overall carbon emissions by December. The challenge is designed to provide Park City and Summit County residents with tools and resources to help in the community’s overall goals to significantly reduce the carbon footprint.
“We will continue to promote the challenge and the new web-based platform that makes it easier for community members to learn about different actions they can take at home to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Emerson said. “We are a little less than halfway to our goal and will definitely be encouraging community members to sign up for the challenge.”
Utah Clean Energy staff will be at a “honk & wave” at High West Distillery at 3 p.m. on Friday. For more information about Utah Clean Energy or the Summit Community Power Works challenge go to utahcleanenergy.org or scpwchallenge.org.
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