Give 270, a local nonprofit, recently partnered with the Elizabethtown and Radcliff congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to raise money for two area nonprofits - Hardin County Helping Hand of Hope and Warm Blessings. As part of a fundraiser called “Fast Relief,” the two congregations sponsored a community fund raising drive to raise more than $1,500 in one day. Each organization received a $762.22 check.
Fast Relief encouraged the community to fast the first Sunday of Advent in December and donate the money they would have spent on food to local nonprofits combating hunger and food insecurity.
“On the first Sunday of each month, our congregations fast and donate money to the church to help care for the poor and those in need in our congregations and community,” said Elizabethtown Bishop Micah Shirts. “In December, we wanted to invite the community to have the same experience of fasting and donating, and dedicate the funds for local nonprofits well-situated to help our communities.”
The Church reached out to Give 270 to identify ways to easily collect donations for the fundraiser and encourage others in the community to participate. Give 270 created a web page for crowdfunding donations.
“The holiday season is a great occasion to show the love of Christ to our communities and this fundraiser is a great opportunity,” said Arthur Russell, bishop of the Radcliff congregation. “We hope this becomes a regular tradition for the entire community.”
Following the check presentation, leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints listened to the unique needs of both Hardin County Helping Hand of Hope and Warm Blessings, along with volunteer opportunities for families and small groups.
Dawn Cash, executive director of Warm Blessings, outlined the services provided to the nonprofit’s clients. These include immediate needs like a warm meal, but also long-term services overseen by an onstaff case manager to identify housing and support healthcare needs.
“Community contributions such as this one help us help others,” Cash said. “Monetary support and volunteers demonstrate to our clients that the community cares about them and wants to help them.”
Give 270 is a local 501(c)(3) crowdfunding organization that raises money to benefit projects and organizations in Hardin, LaRue and Meade counties. Give 270 also hosts the Eric and Joe Show and other fundraising events.
“Give 270 is passionate about finding creative ways to support immediate and long-term needs in our local communities,” said Give 270 co-founder Kenny Rambo. “This is a perfect example of how Give 270 connects local donors and benefactors with the causes that deserve their support, thus creating a community that truly helps each other in times of need.”
Learn more about Give 270 and their current fundraising efforts at give270.org.