Summit County Cares

Summit County Cares reaches $50,000 goal

Thanks to the generosity and support of local media, businesses and individuals throughout our community, the Summit County Cares 2014 holiday fundraiser reached its $50,000 goal. Summit County Cares is Summit County’s largest emergency assistance fund, which last year helped over 700 locals facing eviction, disconnection of heat or in need of medical care. 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.

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 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.

This is the 7th 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, The Boatyard, Burke and Riley’s and Greco’s Pastaria participated in a Dine Out to Donate evening and Father Dyer United Methodist Church donated a portion of their Christmas Eve offering to support the cause. In addition, Breckenridge Restaurant Association’s Fall Dining Passport Sales benefited the effort with $13,000 in contributions. These events combined with individual and business donations to meet the $50,000 goal.

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.

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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]