We are amazed by the support our Elevations members continue to show our community during the COVID-19 crisis. Your dedication to helping others through volunteer work, innovation and donations are truly remarkable. To support these efforts, Elevations Foundation and Elevations Credit Union have launched the Local Change for COVID-19 Relief program.
What is Local Change?
Local Change is a round-up option for Elevations members, allowing them to easily donate the “extra change” from their debit card purchases to support community change. All proceeds go through Elevations Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit supporting area nonprofits providing important services to our community.
By opting into Local Change, members are committing to ongoing donations and support for these organizations allowing the nonprofits to focus their efforts on making community change instead of raising funds.
How does Local Change work?
It’s easy for Elevations members to enroll in Local Change.
- Enroll. Enrolling takes less than 2 minutes. Plus, you can set a cap on your monthly contributions to meet what you’re comfortable with.
- Spend. Use your Elevations Credit Union debit card to make purchases.
- Donate. Each day, a single donation for the cumulative amount of round-up purchases posted the prior day will be transferred from your checking account to Elevations Foundation.
How Local Change for COVID-19 Relief works
- Elevations members enrolled in Local Change have their transactions rounded up to the next dollar each time they use their debit card to make a purchase.
- Rounded up change automatically goes to support Elevations Foundation’s COVID-19 relief efforts.
- Each month, Elevations Foundation uses the proceeds from Local Change to support two local nonprofits providing essential services during the crisis.
- Through the end of 2020, Elevations Credit Union will match all Local Change donations.
Who you supported in June
In June, Elevations Foundation channeled Local Change donations to nonprofits working to combat food insecurity in our communities. A total of $1,500 was raised for Community Food Share* and Food Bank for Larimer County.*
Both organizations are essential sources of food security for many in our community. The economic impact of COVID-19 has created an increased demand, and they are working swiftly to create safe, effective ways of connecting those in need with food.
Food Bank for Larimer County has started offering pop-up mobile food pantries at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins and Mountain View High School in Loveland. Anyone in need of food is welcome to stop by the drive-thru pantries and receive a variety of pre-selected food items.
Community Food Share has distributed over 1 million pounds of food each month since the pandemic started. These is the highest monthly totals they have distributed since opening nearly 40 years ago.
We are honored to support both organizations in our first month of Local Change for COVID-19 Relief and encouraged to see the work they have done to continue serving our communities.
July and the coming months
In July, Elevations Foundation is focusing on relief efforts for healthcare and mental health services. The nonprofits that will receive the Local Change member contributions and Elevations Credit Union matching donations for July are Mental Health Partners* and Homeward Alliance.*
Homeward Alliance’s mission is to empower individuals and families who face homelessness to survive, move forward and thrive. Located at the Murphy Center in Fort Collins, Homeward Alliance provides housing support for individuals and families, benefits enrollment, employment support, shelter diversion, re-entry services, outdoor gear and basic needs supplies, and bike repair.
Mental Health Partners provides immediate access to mental health and substance use care so people can enjoy healthy and fulfilling lives. While they have locations in Boulder, Broomfield, Lafayette and Longmont, they’re offering telehealth services through the summer and working on establishing a plan for returning to in-person services.
The more Elevations members who enroll in Local Change, the more we can help our community get through this crisis. If you’re not an Elevations member, there are still ways for you to help. You can make a one-time donation to the Elevations Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund or contact these crucial organizations and ask how you can volunteer your time or resources. We’re all in this together.
*Link leads to third-party website.