The Slifer Smith and Frampton Foundation's 5th Annual Match Madness Campaign raised over $70,000 for 16 Summit County non-profits in just 2 days!

In the record time of just 2 days, the SSF Foundation's September Match Madness Campaign is complete. Starting on September 10th, $30,000 in donations made by generous community members were matched by the Slifer Smith & Frampton Foundation. Because of a last minute generous donation, we were able to raise the matching funds from $25,000 to $30,000! In total, the 5th Annual Match Madness Campaign raised over $70,000 for 16 Summit County non-profits.

We want to thank the donors who supported September Match Madness, and the brokers and staff of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate who raised the $25,000 in matching funds. And most of all, we're thankful for the local non-profits in Summit County who make our community the very best place to call 'home'. 

It is still a great time to donate to your favorite local non-profit through the SSF Foundation, but donations will no longer be matched. If you made a donation during Match Madness, please look out for a thank you and tax receipt in your e-mail. Non-profits receiving funds will receive a breakdown of all donations made.

Organizations benefiting from September Match Madness include: Summit Advocates, Building Hope, CASA, Domus Pacis Family Respite, The Cycle Effect, Education Foundation of the Summit, Father Dyer Food Pantry, FIRC, High Country Conservation Center - Grow to Share Program, Keystone Science School, Mountain Top Children's Museum, Smart Bellies, SOS Outreach, Summit Community Care Clinic, Summit Foundation - Summit Community Cares Fund, and Summit Seniors. 

Thank you again for all of the generous support that made September Match Madness an overwhelming success!

 

2020 september Match Madness organizations:

Our heartfelt thanks to the following organizations that have been instrumental in COVID-19 relief programs in Summit County:

Summit Advocates 

Founded in 1979, Advocates for Victims of Assault has grown to support victims of domestic violence as well as victims of sexual assault, accidents, death, and other trauma. The vision of Advocates for Victims of Assault is to help create a violence-free community in Summit County through safety, support, education, and accountability with the ultimate goal of eliminating violence in all forms and promoting peace throughout Summit County.

During these trying times, Summit Advocates has been busy providing direct services and focusing on outreach to the community to let them know they're still open even during a shutdown. So far they've had 371 new clients in 2020, surpassing their 319 total clients in 2019, which means the need for their services is greater than ever. 

SummitAdvocates.org

 

Building Hope Summit County

Building Hope Summit County is a community-wide initiative designed to create a more coordinate, effective and responsive mental health system that promotes emotional health, reduces stigma and improves access to care and support for everyone in Summit County.

Building Hope has seen a 50% increase in scholarship requests following COVID-19 impacts. The importance of Mental Health has always been an ongoing area of focus for Building Hope for adults, teens, & children, but especially now with going back to school, job instability, and financial insecurity. 

BuildingHopeSummit.org

Advocates for Children, CASA | CO4KIDS
 

CASA

CASA of the Continental Divide provides trained advocates who become the voice of the child in dependency and neglect cases. CASA Advocates work with youth in the worst of the worst life situations. They get to know the child, their family history, meet with care givers, teachers and counselors, coaches, anyone who can give insight into the child's well being and the best path for a healthy and happy future.

CASA has been working with families who are struggling during this time of COVID, providing care packages to the children, families, & care givers they work with. Many of these families are living multiple families to a home, have lost their jobs or are furloughed, and do not have access to supplies. They provided care packages with grocery coupons, cleaning supplies, PPE, and when appropriate infant supplies. They worked with getting families connected with services including internet for children learning from home, rent support, and more. 

mtncasa.org

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Domus Pacis

Domus Pacis Family Respite encourages cancer patients, their families and friends to escape to the beauty of the mountains and experience the peace that comes from creating joyful memories for the people they most cherish. The Domus Pacis Family Respite, a Breckenridge, Colorado based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has the potential to make a difference in the lives of numerous families every year. Our goal is to conquer the logistical hurdles necessary to bring a family, including the member experiencing a traumatic illness, together.

During these past few months, Domus Pacis has been providing over 150 frozen meals from their 'Food for Families' inventory serving 750+ individuals through both Father Dyer's and Agape Church's food pantry and community meal's programs; provided over 42 cases of Girl Scout Cookies, treats and toiletries to Smart Bellies; initiated a program to purchase gift certificates from local restaurants and businesses to supply to respite families; entered into a long term lease with a local property manager who was struggling with the short term lease restrictions and who had provided over 25 weeks of donated time last year (this unit will be used as a base accommodation for future respites and supplemented with other donated properties); and added a new group to their respite program, Front Line Covid medical workers.

Domus Pacis

The Cycle Effect

The Cycle Effect’s mission is to enhance the lives of young women through mountain biking and to empower them through mentoring and education.

In November of 2010, Donelson Coaching set out to create an opportunity for local young women with the idea that committed and driven kids should be able to participate in a sport we are so passionate about, no matter what their background.  They rode bikes while building self-esteem, improving their fitness, and learning about nutritional opportunities. They received top of the line mountain bikes and equipment, were trained by professional coaches, and competed in race events throughout Eagle County and beyond.  Mountain biking provided the means of these girls to escape the stresses of high-school life and teach life-long skills.

The Cycle Effect has been focusing on being a physical & emotional outlet for kids since so many of their parents have been impacted. They've been keeping kids stay active, engaged, and providing some sense of normalcy. They have elimiated the cap on scholarships, which means anyone in need receives it. 

The Cycle Effect

Education Foundation of the Summit

The Education Foundation of the Summit is a nonprofit organization with an all-volunteer group of parents and community members dedicated to supporting the public school students and teachers in Summit County. Founded in 2010, the foundation has expanded its support of public school teachers and students in Summit to include Eileen Finkel Innovative Teaching Awards each year, partnership and grants to school PTAs, scholarships to high school seniors, and collaboration with schools and community groups to increase opportunities for students.

The Education Foundation of the Summit is helping teachers, parents, & students adapt to the changes in the school environment. They're now offering grants to support teachers, who in-return can help support students who are doing remote learning. They also released 3 new scholarship funds for Summit High graduates heading to college & technical school. The Summit Books for Kids program has made a large impact on our community, as they have been providing books to Summit School District students who are unable to afford them. 

EFSummit.org

Father Dyer Food Pantry

The goal of the Father Dyer Food Pantry is to provide a resource for the homeless, the unemployed, the disabled, the low-income employed, itinerant workers, individuals and families without regard to race, religion or financial status. The objective is to reduce the stress of daily living for these individuals and families. It has enabled many minimally employed to survive the frequent fluctuations of their paychecks.  In 2019, the amount of food distributed through the Food Pantry weighed 43,952 lbs. and the average number of people served was 433 per month.  The program is run entirely by volunteers.  It is accessible every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am until Noon.

During this COVID season, Father Dyer United Methodist Church has increased their services to the community. The church's food pantry, with help from community non-profits and businesses, has been in operation every Tuesday and Thursday, operating outside in all weather conditions. The pantry has been serving double the amount of people in comparison to last year. The church is thankful for all our volunteers' hard work that has made this possible.

Father Dyer

 

FIRC

The Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC), originally named the Summit County Family Resource Center (FRC), started serving Summit County, Colorado, in 1993 out of community necessity for more localized assistance. At the time, childcare and parent effectiveness were identified as major challenges facing Colorado residents. As a result, the State provided partial funding for “Family Centers” with missions to address these and related issues; the funds provided helped kick-start the FRC. In 1995, the FRC opened the Summit Thrift & Treasure store, the only nonprofit thrift store in the county. The thrift store opened in order to provide affordable clothing to Summit County residents and strengthen FRC’s financial stability.

FIRC works to strengthen families through education and financial resources. We believe strong sustainable families are the key to a strong and healthy community.

As Summit County's only human services non-profit, FIRC has been a safety net for the community. Their COVID response efforts include helping out those in need in the community with housing, food security, mental health, health care, and parenting resources. 

FIRC

High Country Conservation's Grow to Share Food Program

Our mission is to promote practical solutions for waste reduction and resource conservation in our mountain community.

In 2006, the Summit County Government institutionalized the nonprofit’s recycling operations into a stable government department. To formalize this change, SRP changed its name to the High Country Conservation Center (HC3) in January 2006. After careful thought, the organization’s board and staff realized that even with this significant shift in recycling operations, our work is not done and our mission is not complete. In fact, this change gave us the perfect opportunity to do more work on waste reduction education and more formally address other resource conservation issues.

Our current focus areas include waste reduction, energy efficiency and clean energy, and sustainable food production. Just a few of our programs include Composting in the Schools, home energy audits and ratings, community gardens and sustainable business programs.

Just this summer, the Grow to Share program has grown over 500 pounds of produce for local families in need of food. While normally allowing families to come in and harvest their own food, they've been able to shift their model and be adaptive to maximize production of food and give out as much food to families in the community as possible. 

High Country Conservation

 

Keystone Science School 

Keystone Science School educates youth and adults to broaden perspectives and foster appreciation for engaged citizenship.  We accomplish this through meaningful and collaborative learning experiences in the natural mountain environment that incorporate nonbiased scientific inquiry, leadership development, civic engagement and academic rigor.

KSS is offering programming to Summit County families through several different programs (full weeks, full days and Middle School Hybrid) that will meet academic and social-emotional needs of students. These programs will be offered on a sliding fee scale, 40 slots on campus for K-8 students, and actively raising money for their Scholarship Fund to increase equity and accessibility to families that are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. 

Keystone Science School

 

Mountain Top Children’s Museum 

The Mountain Top Children’s Museum, Inc. is an educational institution that promotes informal learning through interactive exhibits and programs, imaginative play and engagement in active experiences for children ages 10 and under and their families and caregivers. Mountain Top Children’s Museum was founded in the fall of 2001.

Due to COVID-19, Mountain Top Children's Museum switched to creating online content during quarantine to provide families with virtual "Creation Station" workshops with their partner The Frosted Flamingo, as well as creating a YouTube channel for kids to conduct science experiments at home. Recently, they've been helping families with the transition into the new school year. This fall, they will offer home-school support programs, after-school care programs, and elementary school programs on Wednesdays, when schools will not be in session for in-person learning.

Mountain Top Children's Museum

 

Smart Bellies

Smart Bellies is a nonprofit organization in Summit County, CO providing children with backpacks full of nutritious food every Friday to enjoy on the weekends. 

There is always a need to provide kids with their next meal, but during the past few months with school closures, the need has grown exponentially. In the 2019/2020 school year and summer thus far, Smart Bellies has given out 16,585 weekend food bags, 25,290 snacks, 30 holiday meal bags, & 1,435 produce bags. 

SmartBellies

SOS Outreach

Here at SOS Outreach, we do one thing — help kids gear up for life. Grounded in outdoor experiences, our program ignites a passion for adventure, inspires the courage to try something new, and instills lifelong lessons and skills in our kids.

It starts with gearing up for all the mountains have to offer, but in these moments we’re not just teaching kids to snowboard, ski, hike, climb, and camp. Our kids learn to connect with their peers, mentors and community, all of which help them discover an unknown side of themselves - a side that can do anything, especially overcome their circumstances and come out on top. Our goal is to inspire our kids with a sense of purpose, ultimately preparing them with the unique skills and strengths to contribute to the world beyond themselves.

After the winter season the mentors are usually done, but over 90% of the volunteers stayed on to do virtual engagement with the kids which has continued into the summer. Mentors sent weekly emails to families letting them know what resources are available to help them through difficult times. This summer they've been able to provide outdoor engagement and support to small groups through hikes and service day with FDRD. 

SOSOutreach.org

Summit Community Care Clinic

Summit Community Care Clinic is the only safety-net health care provider in Summit County, Colorado. We offer high-quality primary care, oral health, behavioral health, and reproductive health services to the medically underserved at an affordable cost. We have been recognized locally, state-wide and nationally for our integrated care model, and for the high quality of care that we provide.

Care Clinic patients come from diverse backgrounds and income levels. Among the Care Clinic clientele are construction workers, teachers, realtors, retirees, chefs, ski instructors, lawyers, and college students.

Summit Community Care Clinic has been a constant in providing the community with resources, information, and assistance with mental & physical health care. They know how important it is to provide affordable healthcare services for all so that patients are able to get back to work and provide for their families, especially in these times.

Summit County Care Clinic

 

The Summit Foundation's Summit County Cares Fund

Established in 1984, The Summit Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to improving quality of life in our mountain areas. The Foundation strives to inspire donors, build partnerships, and mobilize resources to support community organizations in Summit County (and the surrounding communities) that foster Health & Human Service, Education, Art & Culture, Sports & Recreation, and Environmental Stewardship. Over $2 million in grants are annually distributed to nearly 100 nonprofit organizations and over 100 college scholarships are awarded to local graduating seniors. In 2013, The Foundation created the Youth Giving Council, which teaches high school students about philanthropy and is allowing them to participate in a grant awards process.

With all funds raised so far, the Summit County Cares Fund has approved every request to date for nonprofits with immediate emergency needs. Since it's anticipated that the needs of our community will be longstanding, right now there's a large focus on helping support child care facilities. 

The Summit Foundation

Summit Seniors

Summit Seniors’ Mission is to provide opportunities for enhancing the quality of life for resident and visiting seniors (those over 50) in Summit County through recreation, intellectual stimulation, physical activity, volunteering and philanthropic endeavors utilizing the Senior Center and community resources.

Summit Seniors has been raising money through their foundation to give back directly to the community - every dollar that comes in goes right back out to help the community. The number of meals delivered on Meals on Wheels has gone up considerably, so the focus has been on making sure home-bound individuals are safely delivered nutritious meals. Other organizations that Summit Seniors has give to are Summit County Community Care Clinic, FIRC, Summit County Rescue, & Summit County Government to their Senior response unit. 

Summit Seniors

 

 

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