Vail Valley Charitable Fund: Would you hold that door for me? |

Vail Valley Charitable Fund: Would you hold that door for me?

Your mom used to say, “it’s better to give than to receive.” Pretty old school. But it’s still true in this crazy world today. It’s harder to find the time or money to give up. There’s not enough time and only so much money. You give at work, you give at school, to your favorite charities and causes. And they all appreciate it so much.

But volunteering? That’s another deal. That means time. It would be great if you could write a check for time. Right, here’s my four hours, deposit that and I love what you guys do. If only …

Thing is, just a little bit goes a long way. We think it takes hours and hours, a big commitment, sacrifice. You know when you have your hands full carrying things and someone holds a door open for you? What a saver! And it took just a little on their part to help to make a big difference for you. And they felt great doing it! Filled up their cup a little.

So, what you don’t know now is that feeling you get from just putting in a couple of hours, half a day. You can’t feel the gratitude you will receive. The looks and words of appreciation of you being there, lending a hand and your spirit, you throw in a smile, wow, yeah, feeling pretty cool about being here! Feeling pretty darn good! I just made somebody’s day, a difference in their life. Wow, this volunteering thing is alright and it’s not bringing my world to a halt.

And then there’s the afterglow. That lasting feeling of fulfillment, contentment with yourself, that positive vibe you have for the rest of the day. It comes to you that you wouldn’t have gotten that going shopping or playing golf. And you didn’t write a check, mail it in. You showed up and, you know, that’s what counts.

Yeah, mom was right.

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund and its directors for their caring and assistance with funding to help me with medical debt related to tonsillar cancer treatment. After five major jaw surgeries in three years depleted my savings and retirement accounts, I was struggling to pay medical expenses.

The grant from the VVCF helped me make a large reduction in my debt and by doing so provided me with hope and inspiration of overcoming cancer physically, emotionally and financially. The feeling that someone else is in the fight with you gives you a tremendous mental and spiritual boost, one that not only picks you up but that gives you hope — hope for a future after becoming a survivor.

The Vail Valley Charitable Fund has proven that they are an organization comprised of caring individuals who are listening to the needs of the Vail Valley community and are there to lend a hand to those needing assistance. Their cause and work are a tremendous asset to those who live and work here. Thank you VVCF for helping me in the greatest struggle of my life.

George Chumbley is a grant recipient from the Vail Valley Charitable Fund and an active volunteer. Find out more about the VVCF’s mission at

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