For immediate release: November 21, 2019
Douglas County Libraries (DCL) and the DCL Foundation invite the Douglas County community to help fund the future of vital library programs and services that reach youth, adults and families in the county and beyond by donating to the Foundation on Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 10.
Colorado Gives Day is a statewide movement that celebrates philanthropy through one amazing day of online giving. Thanks to Community First Foundation, FirstBank, and other community partners, this day of giving boasts a $1.5 million incentive fund, one of the largest in the country. That means that every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day, including the DCL Foundation, also receives a portion of the incentive fund—which increases the value of every dollar donated.
For the DCL Foundation, donations are vital for supporting adult literacy programs and ESL tutoring; Operation Paperback; early literacy programs like Cuddle Up & Read; and scholarships for adults in the high school equivalency test prep program and for kids attending Camp DCL, among other programs and services.
Joan VanArsdale was able to send her daughter to Camp DCL’s Cooking Network camp this year on a Foundation scholarship. “Being a single mom, I don’t have the income that I would like to give her all the camps and all the things she would like. So this really gave her the opportunity to do something that she otherwise wouldn’t be able to do,” said VanArsdale.
This year, the Foundation awarded 17 Camp DCL scholarships, giving those families the opportunity to focus on other responsibilities without depriving their children the chance to expand their world. Since Camp DCL’s inception in 2017 more than 40 scholarships have been awarded to qualifying kids.
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