YUMA, Ariz. – The Yuma Conservation Garden is just one of the nonprofits benefiting from Arizona Gives Day, a statewide online giving campaign.
“Ten dollars and you can help feed Baloo, twenty five and you can help pave the paths. For fifty, we need supplies for when schools visit, and for 100 dollars you will pay for the transportation for one classroom to come visit,” Sheryl Christenson, a board member for Yuma Conservation Garden, said.
This is the third year the charity has participated.
“We would like to raise 3000 dollars for the conservation gardens this year,” Christenson explained.
Donors raised more than 1.4 million dollars last year on AZ Gives Day for groups like the garden. The alliance of Arizona nonprofits and the Arizona Grantmakers host the event to boost funding far after the holiday season fades.
“We need donations year round. Our operation is year round,” she told us.
The Yuma Food Bank is also on the list of participating local nonprofits.
“We average feeding about 300 families a day, so donations are very important.” Community Relations Director Shara Merten said.
She encouraged donors to contribute after Gives Day.
“The site is different this year in that it will remain up and it’s still viable, so even after this day you still have the opportunity to donate,” Merten said.
As of Tuesday evening, Arizona Gives Day had raised more than 1.3 million dollars. The website is www.az gives.givebig.org.