Buy a Valentine, support the community
Ryan Summerlin February 4, 2014
The Snowmass Village Community Outreach Fund’s annual campaign starts Feb. 7.
The fund was established more than 20 years ago to assist people living in Snowmass Village. It has helped more than 30 residents in the past three years and has given more than $9,000 in assistance.
The amounts given vary from $200 to $1,000 and go to community members who find themselves in need of help. In most cases the funds help cover the cost of rent, medical bills, child care, food, medical travel or legal help. Assistance also has been provided to local teachers to help in their volunteer efforts overseas.
The fund’s main source of income is the annual “Open Your Heart” campaign each February at Alpine Bank Snowmass. Supporters can purchase hearts that range in price from $5 to $100 in honor of someone or in memory of someone. The hearts make a colorful display on the walls of the lobby, and Alpine Bank generously matches all donations up to $1,500.
Volunteers are on hand to sell the hearts every Friday afternoon at the bank during the month of February.
The board is made up completely of volunteers and has no administrative overhead in order to maximize the value of each dollar donated by the community. The current board of directors includes Robert DeWetter, Marion Garrett, Betsy Burns Sima, Nancy Ferguson, Marylou Farrell and Tyler Newton.
For more information on the Snowmass Village Community Outreach Fund, call Marion Garrett at 970-618-6703 or Betsy Burns Sima at 970-948-9367.