The life cycle of a donation at Vail Valley Cares’ Thrift Shops (video)
By Tricia Swenson | Off the Hill
As you clean out your closets and garage this spring, you may realize there’s a lot of “stuff” you could get rid of. Maybe it’s a bike with training wheels your child has outgrown, the set of beginner golf clubs collecting dust in the corner, or clothing that you’ve been keeping around for when you lose those extra pounds.Whatever type of “stuff” you’ve accumulated, consider donating it to Vail Valley Cares and watch that “stuff” give back.Vail Valley Cares is a local nonprofit that operates the Thrifty Shops in Edwards and Eagle that serve as a place to part ways with your items and share them with someone who needs or wants those items, while also doing a lot of good. They have the ability to turn your donations into dollars.In 2016, Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shops gave $300,000 to local nonprofit organizations and $20,000 in Colorado Mountain College scholarships. Since 2000, they have given over $3.6 million to the community. Local nonprofits apply for grants and Vail Valley Cares is able to divvy up the money made from selling the donated items and give those funds to nearly 40 charities.The funds are given to the area charities at their grant breakfast every summer. The list of organizations they have helped is long and ranges from aiding literacy programs and senior citizens to early childhood learning and mental health services. For many of these groups, the extra funding they receive from Vail Valley Cares is key to their operations.Shopping at the Thrift Store is an adventure because the inventory is always changing. “We have a very giving community that understands our mission and they donate a lot of high quality merchandise so our stores are truly like no thrift store you’ve ever seen,” said Greg Osteen, executive director of Vail Valley Cares.Consider the lifecycle of your donations and support Vail Valley Cares. To learn more about the history of their organization and information on their grants, please visit http://www.vailvalleycares.org.