Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation Annual Community Grant Enters Sixth Year Granting Nearly $150,000

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-February 12, 2014-Hospice and REPS (Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide) will share the 2014 Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation $20,000 Snowball Community Grant, with each organization awarded $10,000.

“The Snowball Community Grant is an ideal way to support local organizations that do so much for Northwest Colorado,” said Chris Diamond, president & chief operating officer of the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “Both of these fantastic community organizations focus on end-of-life matters in a different light but with the same holistic approach to the individual, family and community.  Our community is far better off with the work of organizations such as Hospice and REPS and their undivided efforts in helping others.”

The Snowball Community Grant annually awards funds to a local nonprofit agency or organization each spring. The grant emanates from the donor-advised Ski Corporation Charitable Fund, currently housed at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. Over the past six years, the Snowball Grant has provided $145,000 for local organizations.

“In today’s challenging financial environment, nonprofit organizations are called upon to a larger degree and are feeling a greater impact from current economic challenges,” continued Diamond. “The resort’s Snowball Community Grant provides additional resources to ensure that organizations like Hospice and REPS can continue to improve the quality of life for all Northwest Colorado residents.”

The Hospice and Palliative Care team provides comfort oriented end-of-life care for patients with a life expectancy of 6 months or less.  Services help ease physical, emotional and spiritual pain for patients and families through complete support and skilled personalized care at home.  When care at home is not possible, The Rollingstone Respite House offers a home like setting with private suites. Patients and their families are welcome to experience their final journey with caregivers by their side.

REPS (Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide) seeks to preserve, protect and promote life by providing the Yampa Valley with a group of trained volunteers, collaborative initiatives, educational programs, compassionate survivor-care and proactive suicide prevention. REPS is a largely volunteer coalition of community members invested in stopping suicide in the Yampa Valley and supporting those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Programs consist of a 24/7 hotline, Suicide Prevention Advocates program at Yampa Valley Medical Center, ASIST and QPR training, a Depression/Bi-Polar Support Group, a Heartbeat Survivor Support Group as well as School Trainings and one-on-one crisis support.

A reception will take place from 4:00pm-6:00pm on Sunday, February 23rd at the Haymaker Clubhouse to award the Snowball Grants as well as the Hazie Werner Award to long-time Steamboat resident, Sarah Floyd. The Hazie Werner Award reception coincides with Hazie Werner’s birthday.

Past beneficiaries of Snowball grants include: Community Agriculture Alliance, Integrated Community, Routt County 4-H, Boys & Girls Club, First Impressions, Jeffrey Allen Dye Suicide Prevention Project Endowment, Visiting Nurse Association, Advocates Against Battering and Abuse, Steamboat Springs Booster Club, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, Partners in Routt County, Rocky Mountain Youth Corp, Steamboat Mental Health, Yampatika, Steamboat Arts Council, First Impressions, Lift-Up of Routt County, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Perry Mansfield, Horizons, Strings in the Mountains, United States Ski Team and Tread of Pioneers Museum.

– Happy Trails®-