By Dawn McLain
Leonard Nimoy said it best, “The miracle is this, the more we share, the more we have.”
Peggy Green, Executive Director of Iron County Care & Share in Cedar City, Utah knows a thing or two about sharing and collaboration. In fact, her dedication to creating events, services, programs, and more, means that not only will many nonprofit organizations reap the benefits in terms of improved programming and better outcomes, the whole community and the thousands served locally through charitable organizations will be impacted for the better.
Case in point, an exceptional new and exciting fundraising project created by dynamo Green is now coming to fruition! Iron County Care & Share has received the generous gift of a brand new 2018 Jeep Latitude from Mike Haigler of Cedar City Motor Company. The idea initially came about during a discussion of support for the organization’s annual golf tournament. Peggy said, “When someone asks, ‘Have you ever given away a car?’ your heart skips a beat.” The dream-planning began that very day. Haigler wanted a smart promotion that would benefit the organization and the community. The only request from Haigler was to make it known that the car was a gift and all proceeds would go directly to programs and services and not to pay for the car.
The Board of Directors of Care & Share spent an entire meeting discussing options and opportunities. The group agreed that a give-a-way would be best, and challenged themselves to figure out how they could share the gift with other nonprofits in Cedar City. A tiered plan was developed, and eight nonprofits were identified to partner in the promotion and benefit with a donation to each from the proceeds. The organizations selected are:
- Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center
- Family Support Center
- Iron County Care & Share Foundation
- Youth Volunteer Corp
- Children’s Justice Center of Iron County
- Southwest Wildlife Foundation
- Orchestra of Southern Utah
- Shop with a Cop
- Iron County School District Foundation
- Make A Wish
Each organization will receive guidance and support by a member of the Care & Share board throughout the promotion period. Organizations are encouraged to request a vehicle display during their events to boost sales. What better than a sparkling new vehicle with that new car smell to entice participants to get in on the action!
The promotion began in late March and will conclude in July with the prize presentation at the popular family fun event July Jamboree in Cedar City, hosted by the Rotary Club. The promotion will include an exciting selection of additional prizes, travel, and shopping sprees. As an added bonus to expand the sharing, Care & Share structured the promotion to include a cash bonus to the organization with the most ticket sales, and a tuition scholarship for Southern Utah University (SUU).
Hayden Carrol, president of the Student Association at SUU is calling in the special forces of T-Birds to add to the excitement. The Student Association will have access to ticket sales, and as T-Birds always do, they are expected to swoop in and get the promotions soaring.
The promotion is a welcome gift for Care & Share, as well as the other organizations. While each receives various grants for program expenses, unrestricted cash donations allow the support to go directly to an unmet need. In order to deliver the critical services provided by each nonprofit organization, operating expenses, such as salaries, must be funded with cash. The promotion will assist each organization in providing their services to the community.
Iron County Care & Share is a local, private nonprofit dedicated to providing compassionate assistance and resources to individuals and families in need, offering them opportunities to increase their stability and self-sufficiency. Founded in 1984 by local community leaders seeking to address the issues of hunger and poverty among residents in southern Utah, Iron County Care & Share restores hope and dignity to families experiencing a housing or hunger-related crisis. Iron County Care & Share today owns and operates the largest food pantry in the Iron County region, distributing over 800,000 pounds of food each year to more than 1,500 food-insecure households. Its thirty-eight bed emergency shelter provides safe shelter and warm meals for homeless men, women, and children. More than 500 individuals sought shelter with Care & Share in 2017.
For nearly 30 years, Iron County Care & Share has worked to provide hunger relief, emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, and supportive services to help homeless and low-income families living in southern Utah to increase their stability, self-sufficiency, and independence. Additionally, Iron County Care & Share distributes an average of $20,000 per year in small one-time, direct financial assistance payments for homeless and low-income families to access basic necessities.
Basic necessities, nutritious food, shelter, and case management are just a few of the services offered by Care & Share. A quick glance at the services delivered by others provides proof of the magnitude of the care provided. Be it protection for women and children, humane care of wildlife, compliments to the arts, or teaching youth about volunteerism, these nonprofits deserve our support.
Contact your favorite charitable organization, or visit www.careandshare-ut.org and purchase a chance to support and a chance TO WIN!
Thank you to Peggy Green and the entire Iron County Care & Share team for your efforts to build a better community for all – together! View On Magazine salutes YOU!