By JOANNE FOX
Three nonprofits associated with the Diocese of Sioux City are among 50 charitable organizations which will benefit from a day of giving.
The Siouxland Community Foundation announced at an Aug. 9 press conference at the Delta Hotel by Marriott in South Sioux City, Neb., that it will sponsor an inaugural “Siouxland Big Give Day” to encourage area residents to support charities.
The charitable giving marathon will begin at midnight Oct. 9 and continue for 24 hours through an online platform, siouxlandbiggive.org.
Janet Flanagan, director of special gifts and communications at Bishop Heelan High School, is a board member of the Siouxland Community Foundation and saw value in participating in Big Give Day.
“We are community players at Heelan, so we absolutely want to be part of a major community giving day,” she said. “I knew of big giving days in other cities and learned of the power of one major day to motivate people to donate to causes they care about.”
Last year Heelan raised more than $11,000 on one day – Giving Tuesday – for new teachers’ desks at Heelan, “so, we have seen success for a 24-hour timeframe of giving,” Flanagan noted.
Heelan’s Big Give need will be equipment for the new-to-be-constructed Heelan gym.
“Our new gym will benefit not only Heelan students, but every high school athlete that competes in our new gym or performs in our major show choir event,” she said.
According to Ranee Ehrich, director of marketing and development for the Holy Spirit Retirement Home Foundation, participating in Big Give will increase awareness in Siouxland about the foundation’s needs.
“Getting our name out there and being a part of the greater nonprofit community is important,” she said. “Most of the time, individuals already know of the nonprofits, but this project really helps us get the message out about our needs.”
Big Give’s timing will work well for Holy Spirit’s annual appeal, Ehrich added.
“We are looking at renovating the public space to the Holy Spirit apartments, adding and offering warm blankets and towels to the nurses’ stations, replacing the second-floor outdoor garden roof pavers with composite decking and supporting our service club activities and endeavors,” she said.
Amy Bloch, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Sioux City, called Big Give “an opportunity for the agency to be part of a community initiative, supporting programs that are targeted on improving the lives of children and families.”
“We are hoping to raise money for our Pathways program that provides free mental health assessments to any school-age child,” she said. “By providing these assessments, we can intervene early and prevent more severe mental health issues from developing.”
The day, inspired by others in the country, is a major initiative sponsored by the Siouxland Community Foundation, headquartered in Sioux City and noting its 30th anniversary this year.
According to Rebecca Krohn, foundation executive director, the goal of this community-wide giving event is to match Siouxland area supporters’ passions and generosity with local nonprofit organizations already doing great work.
“Through the combined participation of all people who love and care about the Siouxland area, we can significantly impact the future of our community,” she said.
Siouxland prospers because of programs and services, events and organizations offered by the people working for Siouxland non-profits, Krohn pointed out.
“The people in this room right now are the difference makers in Siouxland,” she said, referring to the nonprofit representatives at the press conference. “They teach our children or care for our parents.”
Donating through the website, people can give to charities of their choosing from a pool of 50 not-for profit 501c3s. The minimum donation is $10 and there is no maximum donation; all donations are tax-deductible.
For more information, call (712) 293-3303, or email office@SiouxlandCommunityFoundation.org or visit siouxlandcommunityfoundation.org.