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The new Chaffee County Community Foundation will hold two public meetings in October to explain its plan to increase philanthropy for local nonprofit oranizations, connect donors to community needs, build permanent charitable funds and bring people together to solve community problems.

Director Michael Hannigan and the CCCF board of directors will host Food, Drink and Philanthropy: A Night with CCCF from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Salida Scout Hut, 210 E. Sackett Ave.

The following week, the board will host Sweet Charity: Community and Desserts with CCCF from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Buena Vista Community Center Piñon Room, 715 E. Main St.

During both events, CCCF representatives will discuss the revitalization of the community foundation and how the organization plans to support local individuals, businesses and nonprofits. Organizers said the free public sessions are intended to inspire and engage. Those who bring a friend (who is not their relative or significant other) to either event will be eligible to enter a raffle to win a pottery or wood design from a local artist.

The organizers have already established the legal framework for the Chaffee County Community Foundation. The idea for the community foundation resulted from Envision Chaffee County’s collaboration with citizens, local agencies, nonprofit organizations and local government. That collaboration yielded concerns about the issues related to growth that Chaffee County faces now and in the future.

The CCCF plans to support the community by helping individuals, families and businesses establish a wide variety of charitable funds, and CCCF will work with donors to build a community endowment to address needs through grants. Volunteers will also provide leadership on key community issues.

For more information, visit Chaffee County Community Foundation.

submitted by Chaffee County Community Foundation