Summit County Cares
Summit County Cares working to raise $50,000 by December 31
The Summit County Cares fund is the largest emergency assistance fund in the County. One hundred percent of the money raised through this campaign is used to pay rent, utility and medical bills for locals unable to provide the basic needs. Money is collected through The Summit Foundation and assists clients of Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC), Advocates for Victims of Assault, Summit Community Care Clinic and Social Services.
Last year over 400 hundred locals were helped with these funds. Even though the economy is improving, the high cost of living makes Summit County a very difficult place to raise a family. Seasonal jobs make it challenging to establish savings and many families are one emergency away from not being able to afford the basic needs.
“Many Summit County families live paycheck to paycheck,” said FIRC Executive Director, Tamara Drangstveit. “If their child gets sick and they have to miss work or an unexpected medical bill arises, many of our neighbors are faced with difficult decisions on how to afford the basic needs. Summit County Cares is vital to make sure that working class families can continue to be able to live and work here.”
Most of the families that receive assistance just need one-time financial support to get caught up on their bills and are often able to be stable again. This assistance plays a big role in the future success of that family and the overall vitality of our community. Eighty percent of the families that receive this assistance report improving from a crisis to a place of stability within six months of getting help.
This is the 8th year the local media has spearheaded this campaign. Always Mountain Time, Comcast Spotlight, Krystal 93 and Summit Daily News donate thousands of dollars of advertising to inform the community of the fundraiser and the challenges local families face. Several businesses including Bagalis, Blue River Bistro and The Boatyard are participating in Dine Out to Donate on December 10. Father Dyer United Methodist Church is donating a portion of their Christmas Eve offering to support the cause. In addition, Breckenridge Restaurant Association’s Fall Dining Passport Sales will benefit the cause. These events
Donations are accepted year-round for Summit County Cares. This fundraiser’s success is essential to supporting our neighbors in need. Thank you to all who were able to give this past holiday season.
When the unexpected happens, Summit County Cares is here to help.
For more information please contact Anita at 970-262-3888 ext. 306 or email [email protected]