In the rush of daily life we often forget how lucky we are. But as we close the last week in October and plunge into November, our thoughts naturally turn toward Thanksgiving and considering all we have to be grateful for (and not just because of the impending ski season). That's perhaps why the Park City Community Foundation chose to schedule their massive annual charity fundraising drive Live PC Give PC at the beginning of the month of giving.
When the Live PC Give PC began in 2011, it was the first crowdfunding campaign of its kind in Utah, encouraging all members of the community to give what they could in a 24-hour blitz of donations. Needless to say it was a huge success, raising $4.1 million for Park City's more than 100 nonprofit organizations in its first five years. Last year on Nov. 4th, Live PC Give PC's 24-hour donation tally came to $1.7 million million with a large portion of the donations coming from local Utah residents supporting their favorite nonprofits. There was a wide variety of amounts given, with an impressive average gift size of $183. With dozens of nonprofits participating, this is the chance for every member of the Park City community and surrounding area to give to causes they truly care about, whether it be the arts, animals, the environment, social justice, or mountain sports.
Live PC Give PC returns this year and on November 10 with an ambitious new goal of $1,999,999. A tall order, perhaps, but one that's completely achievable with the support of the community. “It’s about participating, giving what you can and seeking opportunities to help spread awareness about causes you feel passionate about,” says Katie Wright, executive director of Park City Community Foundation. Although the annual day of giving officially runs for 24 hours starting at 12 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. on November 10th, you can make your donation via the Live PC Give PC website in advance.
Throughout the day, volunteers will be available to answer questions on street corners and many participating nonprofits will also be hosting various social gatherings to encourage donations. Park City Community Foundation is also calling on community members to spread the word via their social media channels with #LivePCGivePC as well as tagging @ParkCityCF and their favorite nonprofits. In true Park City fashion, the day will end with a celebration, hosted at the High West Distillery & Saloon (703 Park Ave) from 7 p.m. till midnight where the donations will be tallied and grand total revealed (21 and over event).
So let's break out our piggy banks and raid the couch cushions, Park City! Every little bit counts and helps keep the amazing nonprofits working in our community alive!