Amy Roberts: A million reasons to give
This week, like most every other week before it, I spent time on our mountain trails with my adopted dogs. We enjoyed the peace and quiet being surrounded by open space allows. I also went to a free film courtesy of the Park City Film Series, took in a show at the Eccles, tuned in to KPCW to hear election results, dropped my empty wine bottles off at the Recycle Center and took some old clothes to the Christian Center.
Weeks like this are somewhat second nature here in Park City. These are things we all do on autopilot and often take for granted. But these services wouldn’t exist without our local nonprofits.
Park City’s nonprofit organizations enrich our lives every day. And on Friday, we have the opportunity to properly thank them.
The Park City Community Foundation is gearing up for its 4th annual Live PC Give PC Day of Giving to support the charities that make our town, and our lives, better. The goal this year is to raise $1,000,000 in 24 hours.
With well over 70 area nonprofits participating in this year’s Day of Giving, it might seem daunting to determine who deserves your hard-earned dough. They are all worthy. But if you truly don’t know where to give, here are my top five favorite charities.
The Hope Alliance. Ever see those commercials that portray devastating and unimaginable poverty somewhere far away with a plea that for just 32 cents a day, you can feed, clothe or otherwise help a child? Do they make you feel hopeless?
A donation to The Hope Alliance can change that. The Hope Alliance provides life-changing and life-saving help to the very poor in developing countries. Just $10 provides prescription glasses and $20 can ensure clean water for a household. The nonprofit is local, which means so are many of the volunteers who go on these humanitarian expeditions. And they return to our community with a different world perspective and a burning desire to help both locally and globally.
People’s Health Clinic. Many members of Park City’s essential workforce are uninsured. The People’s Health Clinic is their safety net.
For the most part, our low-income residents need all the clocked-in hours they can get, so they don’t take sick days. And, if you ever dine out, stay at a hotel, or head to one of the resorts for a ski day, you’re interacting with them. Since germs spread, keeping our workforce healthy is a win for all of us. A $20 donation provides breathing treatment for an asthmatic patient and a $60 donation will cover one health care visit.
Mountain Trails Foundation. Did you hike this summer? Mountain bike? Get excited about some of the new trails that were cut? Plan to snowshoe soon? None of it happens without the Mountain Trails Foundation.
They create, promote and maintain over 350 miles of trails in Park City year-round, something we all benefit from.
Summit Land Conservancy. Of course, there wouldn’t be many hiking and biking trails if it weren’t for protected open space, which comes courtesy of the Summit Land Conservancy. They protect the open views, the wildlife habitat, the iconic landscapes, and in some ways, both our economy and our sanity. But land isn’t cheap. It’s purchased from landowners either by Summit Land Conservancy, or by developers. If you’d rather see moose than strip malls, this is a great organization to donate to.
The Park City Conservation Association (aka the Recycling Center). Frankly, I think I owe this group an apology. I’m sorry for filling up your bins with so many empty wine bottles.
While that’s my primary need at the Recycling Center, these guys work really hard to keep our landfills from overflowing and they accept everything from old ski equipment to hazardous materials. They’re hoping to raise $35,000 for a new machine that compacts Styrofoam, which is then recycled for construction purposes. Your donation to them helps keep our beautiful mountain town just that — beautiful.
Of course, don’t forget about the Park City Community Foundation, which spearheads this effort. You can thank them with a donation on Friday.
To learn more about the Live PC Give PC campaign and search for your favorite cause, visit: http://www.livepcgivepc.org now, and donate this Friday, Nov. 7.
Amy Roberts is a longtime Park City resident, freelance writer and the proud owner of two ill-behaved rescue dogs, Boston and Stanley.