Live PC Give PC: When Supporting our Community Supports us all
This year, Live PC Give PC – our local 24-hour day of giving – is turning 12 on Friday, Nov. 4, and my team is excited to share as much info about the event as possible to help it continue to raise even MORE funds than in previous years.
Launched in 2011 by the Park City Community Foundation (PCCF), Live PC Give PC has raised an astounding $21-million for local nonprofits. Donations of all sizes are welcomed, as it’s the cumulative nature of 1,000s of donors that make the event such a huge success. Donors can give to one nonprofit, or select multiple recipients, from this year’s list of more than 100 worthy local organizations.
The Live PC Give PC online platform makes it easy to give, with many nonprofits benefitting from “match” pledges, wherein a donor has made a pledge in advance to match every gift to that nonprofit during the event, maximizing the overall gift to that organization.
New this year, the event’s evening party is morphing from an adult affair into an all-ages “Party Under the Stars” celebration on Town Lift Plaza from 4 – 9 p.m., still sponsored, as in years past, by the generous folks at High West Distillery. Revelers are asked to donate a minimum of $5 to any nonprofit of their choosing, don something orange, dress warmly and enjoy drinks and dancing with fellow community members.
If you’re unfamiliar with the event and looking for ways to get involved, PCCF has curated a list of 10 Ways to Participate During Live PC Give PC, including:
1. Donate to your favorite nonprofits on Nov. 4 at Live PC Give PC, where early donations of $5 or more are accepted
2. Share the fun by reaching out to friends and family to spread the word via phone, text, social and email
3. Plan to attend the Party Under the Stars
4. Volunteer to be an ambassador to your neighborhood, business or school at LivePCGivePC.org
5. Cheer on volunteers at donation stations and street corners on the day of the event by honking, waving and giving
6. Get the kids involved, and introduce them to philanthropy at an early age
7. Party in your neighborhood by hosting a happy hour on Nov. 4th and invite guests to go online to donate
8. See a film at the Jim Santy Auditorium in the Park City Library, where “The Good House” will be presented by the Park City Film Series on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.
9. Listen to KPCW at 91.7 FM, or stream online, for updates about the event’s progress
10. Wear Orange to show your Live PC Give PC spirit
As in years past, we will be making donations in the name of clients we’ve worked with over the past 12 months, selecting nonprofits we feel best fit their personal charitable priorities or those they have directed us to support, and have also earmarked the following nonprofits as ones I’d like to highlight for 2022:
New this year, Maker Union is a nonprofit dedicated to creating a safe and engaging workspace for adults with disabilities. Anne Peters, a longtime friend of mine and current member of the Park City School District Board of Education, created Maker Union in part to support her daughter’s journey from school to employment. The organization strives to provide opportunities for equitable employment tailored to individual skill sets within this very special workforce.
The mission of CONNECT Summit County is to destigmatize mental illness by creating a well-informed community with access to mental health services for everyone. They work to achieve this goal by providing free educational programming, assistance in navigating the mental healthcare system, financial assistance for therapy and access to providers and support groups. CONNECT is comprised of family members, loved ones, friends and colleagues of people struggling with mental illness, along with mental health service providers and others not directly affected by mental illness, but who recognize this as a serious challenge facing the Summit County community.
An organization that serves literally 1,000s youth in Summit and Wasatch Counties, Youth Sports Alliance (YSA) offers afterschool programming to students in elementary and middle school, keeping kids active and introducing them to sports and healthy lifestyle activities. Founded in 2002 following the Salt Lake Olympic Games with a goal of increasing participation in winter sports, the nonprofit has expanded to include not only its cornerstone Get Out and Play program, but also the ACTiV8 programs for middle and junior high students, and funding for developmental sports teams like Figure Skating Club of Park City, Ice Miners Hockey, Park City Speed Skating Club and Park City Ski & Snowboard. Scholarships are available for students who would otherwise be unable to participate, ensuring every kid is able to connect with an activity that gets them excited and active in new ways.
Park City Education Foundation (PCEF) is a nonprofit that supports all students and staff throughout the Park City School District (PCSD) through nearly 100 programs as part of eight key initiatives: Preschool, Elementary Visual Arts, Afterschool, Real World Learning, Educator and Student Wellness, Bright Futures, Classroom and Express Grants and the Innovation Lab. PCEF helps fill in funding gaps to ensure all students have an opportunity to reach their academic potential, and their existence in our community is one of the reasons PCSD has such amazing outcomes for students of all backgrounds. As a PCEF Board Member, the Chair of Running with Ed(ucation), and with two kiddos in Park City School District, this one is a passion for me.
The vision of EATS Park City is to create a healthier generation through food security, education, gardens & sustainability and advocacy. Founded in 2013 when community members raised concerns about the health and wellness of local youth, in the past year alone, EATS Park City has:
- Provided more than 13,000 supplemental Backpack meals
- Educated and empowered students at 10 local schools
- Diverted 28,160 lbs of food waste which equals 6 metric tons
- Purchased more than 500 lbs of local food
- Taught more than 328 classes of empowering education
- Partnered with 22 like-minded businesses, organizations, and school districts to make this happen
PC READS advocates for literacy in our community with a focus on ensuring that all students successfully learn to read. They promote early identification of struggling readers, effective reading interventions and appropriate classroom accommodations. Their team of parents, educators, students and volunteers also provide resources and support to families with struggling readers, particularly those identified as dyslexic.
While these six nonprofits are a few near and dear to my own heart, I’m confident anyone willing to participate in giving through Live PC Give PC will find at least one deserving nonprofit that resonates with them, and that’s just one more reason why so many people Choose Park City.
Connect with Christine Grenney at 435-640-4238 or Brendan Trieb at 585-410-5536, or visit their website by clicking here to learn about the many ways to connect with the local community through nonprofits and the events they hold throughout the year.