Gem State Roundup

Looking for a good cause to donate to this month? Here are 48 to choose from in southwest Idaho.

By: - December 9, 2021 4:28 am

A statewide fundraiser called Avenues for Hope that will benefit 92 housing-related nonprofits will begin today and last through the end of December. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

A statewide fundraising campaign called Avenues for Hope that will benefit 92 housing-related nonprofits begins today and will last through the end of December, according to a press release.

The campaign, hosted by the Home Partnership Foundation, includes nonprofits that are dedicated to efforts such as preventing homelessness, assisting people who are chronically or temporarily unhoused and services for domestic violence survivors and low-income residents.

According to the release, 48 of the participating organizations are located in southwest Idaho, including CATCH, which is dedicated to ending homelessness for Treasure Valley residents by finding stable housing for families and working with them until they are able to financially support themselves.

CATCH said in the release that money raised through Avenues for Hope will pay for case workers who assist families and the expenses that come with providing housing.

“Avenues for Hope is an opportunity for organizations like ours to get our name out there and connect with people that may have never heard our message,” said CATCH Executive Director Stephanie Day. “The campaign really helps build some momentum and desire from the community to provide housing resources to people in need.”

Other southwest Idaho participants include FACES of Hope, the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity, Interfaith Sanctuary and Intermountain Fair Housing Council.

“Access to affordable housing is one of our greatest challenges right now,” said Gerald M. Hunter, president of the Idaho Housing and Finance Association. “Idaho’s network of housing support and shelter organizations struggle to address the needs of many less advantaged citizens all across the state, especially during the winter months. The Avenues for Hope campaign is our opportunity to help those in real need.”

Avenues for Hope has raised nearly $7 million since its inception in 2011. Donors can give to one or more nonprofit organizations through Dec. 31. A full list of participants can be found at avenuesforhope.org.

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Kelcie Moseley-Morris
Kelcie Moseley-Morris

Kelcie Moseley-Morris is an award-winning journalist who has covered many topics across Idaho since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University. Moseley-Morris started her journalism career at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, followed by the Lewiston Tribune and the Idaho Press.

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