Idaho Gives nonprofit highlight: 208 Cares

Posted at 6:00 PM, Apr 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-10 20:07:30-04

Idaho Gives is a one-day, online giving blitz.

Participating nonprofits have now registered, and you can start thinking about what causes you might consider supporting.

The unique fundraiser is also a chance to learn more about nonprofits you may have never heard of.

For example, 208 Cares is a fairly new organization in the Treasure Valley. Their mission is to build handicapped accessible homes for disabled veterans.

Inspiration came from a national organization with the same overall goal in mind: To ensure veterans returning home are not forgotten.

"We realize that because of the situation our country's been in over the last 20 years, there's a need of disabled veterans in our communities," says John Cotner, vice president of 208 Cares and longtime builder. "Unfortunately, they are falling through the cracks."

Cotner aims to fill the gap, one concrete foundation at a time. He says it's about more than just handing off a set of keys.

"We believe we can put a holistic approach to their healing and to not only just give them a house but be able to put resources around them to help them regain their life," Cotner says.

Cotner was the first one in the Gem state to receive certification in the design and construction of adaptive housing.

The former active duty airman knows what it's like to serve and hopes everyone considers 208 Cares on Idaho Gives Day.

The 208 Cares group is poised to release the name of their first recipient with ground to be broken on their first home this summer.

"Idahoans love to give," Cotner says. "This [Idaho Gives Day] is going to help them be able to plug into our mission of what we want to see accomplished, which is to design and build accessible homes for Idaho veterans."

Idaho Gives Day is set for Thursday, May 5.

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