Giving is good for the soul, and there is no day better for the souls of all Parkites than Live PC Give PC – a one-day, 24-hour giving event that has raised more than $10.3-mllion for local nonprofits since its inception in 2011, with $2.4-million raised in 2018 alone. This year’s Live PC Give PC is on Friday, Nov. 8, and I suggest you mark the day in your calendar and begin to ruminate on which of the more than 100 participating nonprofits inspire your support.
What’s particularly amazing about this day of giving is it’s all done online. That means donors can donate to their favorite charities from the comfort of their homes, in their pajamas, no rubber chicken dinner or toe-pinching stilettos necessary (though some local fundraising evenings are a notoriously good time!).
Each year, I select certain charities that I believe match the mores of clients I’ve had the good fortune to work with during the past year and donate in their name. It’s my way of showing gratitude for the good fortune I’ve had as a realtor in our community, and to demonstrate to my daughters that sharing my success is just part of an altruistic life.
I’ve already earmarked a few worthy nonprofits that sometimes fly under-the-radar in the Park City’s robust giving scene, which include:
PC READS was founded in 2014 by two local mothers, each with a daughter who struggled to read early on and was eventually diagnosed with dyslexia. They advocate for recognition and education of dyslexic students, and promote elevating literacy through early identification of struggling readers, effective reading interventions and appropriate classroom accommodations. PC READS provides resources and support to families with struggling readers, particularly those identified as dyslexic.
As a realtor, I know firsthand how rising home values and scarcity within rental opportunities can price some residents out of the area. Mountainlands Community Housing Trust (MCHT) operates based on the belief that a safe, affordable home is often a family’s first step towards economic self-sufficiency. Having served 164 families and 376 individuals since 2003, MCHT’s Transitional Housing Program (THP) has maintained over a 95% success rate in locating affordable permanent housing for its participants while empowering them in the attainment of other life goals.
As Park City and the surrounding communities continue to grow, the effort to preserve open space is becoming more critical with each passing year. Summit Land Conservancy is the only nonprofit dedicated to saving the open spaces of Park City and Summit County. They protect and monitor this community’s investment in local open spaces by defending 38 permanent conservation easements on 5,766 acres of land—and they’re currently working to preserve an additional 5,000+ acres of the landscapes the community cherishes.
Avalanches go hand-in-hand with having the Greatest Snow on Earth, so the Utah Avalanche Center works with the U.S. Forest Service to help make backcountry and sidecountry fun and safe by providing up-to-date avalanche forecasts and education and mountain weather forecasts.
Created in 2013 in response to community concerns over the health and wellness of Park City youth, PC EATS empowers children and their families to take control of their nutrition and food through Curious Cooks cooking classes, Garden Education and Community Collaborations to increase access & ensure opportunities to develop lifelong healthy habits and access to fresh, nutritious appealing food. They collaborate with Park City School District to ensure the availability of healthy school lunches and nutrition information for all kids.
And because we all know Park City loves a good party, Live PC Give PC donors aged 21 and over are invited to a celebration at High West Distillery & Saloon (703 Park Avenue) from 8 p.m. to midnight that evening, where final donations are tallied and celebrated. What a great opportunity to revel in the charitable efforts of your fellow Parkites, and just another reason why so many Choose Park City, as charity and community continue to be a top priority for so many of us.
To connect with Christine Grenney, call or text 435-640-4238, or visit her website by clicking here and learn more about the many ways new and current residents can give back to the amazing community in which they live.