BOISE, Idaho — Despite the helplessness many around the globe are feeling right now, there are still plenty of ways to help out your neighbor right here in our Idaho communities. In tonight's #TheReboundIdaho, we're shining a light on one way local nonprofits are hoping you'll help them bounce back from this pandemic.
Idaho Gives begins tomorrow. The once-yearly event is all about giving back to the community — and it's a day many local groups consider a "make or break” for their budgets. With that in mind, this year, Idaho Gives is structured a little bit differently due to COVID-19.
“There are about 1.2 million adults in the state of Idaho, and if every one of us could just give $10, we raise $12 million on Idaho Gives," said Amy Little, CEO, Idaho Nonprofit Center.
Idaho is known for being a place characterized by generosity and kindness.
“And [Idahoans] want to make a difference," said Little.
That is also reflected in the Gem State's many wonderful nonprofits, who are doing everything from working to find a cure for Alzheimer's -- to helping prevent evictions -- to supplying diapers to low-income families.
Little said last year they had about 585 nonprofits that participated in Idaho Gives. But this year, she said that number climbed to around 620.
“And right now we’re all stuck at home. And so what easier way for us to feel like we’re doing something to help, than even making just one $10 contribution to a nonprofit?"
This year, due to the increased need of support to the nonprofit sector because of COVID-19, the online giving period has been extended. Donations can be collected from April 23 to May 7.
“We’re just excited about lifting up our nonprofits and our friends who are working really hard to support our communities right now," said Little.
Idaho Gives begins at midnight. Visit idahogives.org to learn how and where you can donate.
You can also donate at their phone bank, 1-877-ID-GIVES, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on May 7.