Grand Give makes it easy to help others in Grand County
May 6, 2008
Not everyone in need qualifies for government programs designed to help the impoverished.
In fact, many people in Grand County and elsewhere are one pay check or less away from having to make decisions that never even occur to the rest of us, such as whether to buy food or pay the heat bill or how to keep a car running so the family bread winner can commute to two jobs.
Still others may be doing fine until one event ” an accident, an illness or job layoff ” derails the family’s financial well-being.
Nor has this been more true in recent memory than now, when rapidly increasing fuel and food costs are eroding even middle class buying power. Imagine the pinch on families that had little or no discretionary income to begin with.
All of which is a long-winded way to welcome readers to the concept of the Grand Give.
Patterned loosely after Oprah’s Big Give, Grand Give is a targeted program intended to help Grand County families who are struggling with specific needs. It is a wonderful concept deserving of widespread community support for a number of reasons.
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For starters, it doesn’t compete with existing programs, so there is no redundancy.
And, because it is being run through the Mountain Family Center, there is no administrative overhead and the agency is familiar with the needs of many local families.
That familiarity means donations can be made with pinpoint accuracy. To that end, there is already a Grand Give “wish list” based on the needs of actual Grand County families.
Unlike many other programs, though entirely worthy in their own right, the Grand Give allows donors to know exactly what they are giving and how they are helping someone in need.
This also allows donors to contribute in ways that may mean more to them or with a level of expertise other donors do not possess. Donations are not even necessarily monetary or tangible; many are donations of labor or expertise.
We encourage everyone to give back to the greater Grand County community by helping those in need, whether with a new roof for a family, a summer camp scholarship or a full propane tank. Check the list ” heck, check it twice ” or call the Mountain Family Center, 725-3257, if you’re ready to help out with one of the items on the wish list.
Hats off to the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Foundation for formulating this plan. By the time the June 19 celebration of this ongoing effort rolls around, we’re confident the quality of life for some Grand County families will already have been improved.