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3/16/2013 3:28:00 PM
Verde Valley nonprofits share in Arizona Gives Day
24-hour drive to boost donations on March 20

Raquel Hendrickson
Bugle Managing Editor

CAMP VERDE - Call it strength in numbers.

For one 24-hour period on March 20, Arizonans can see how much money they can raise for the state's nonprofit organizations. It's called Arizona Gives Day.

Several Verde Valley organizations are participating. Local municipalities and Yavapai County have advanced proclamations on the event.

Organizations will be listed online at the website Arizonans who want to give can search by organization name, town, region or ZIP code.

Arizona Gives Day runs from midnight to midnight.

Among many Verde Valley nonprofits participating in Arizona Gives Day is Verde Valley Caregivers, which is trying to raise $80,000 for Guardian Angel medical alert units and another $330,000 to provide services to 1,800 older adults in need.

You may also want to help out Verde Valley Sanctuary, Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters, Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity, Rainbow Acres in Camp Verde, the Humane Societies in Cottonwood and Sedona, Verde Valley Land Preservation, Cornucopia Community Advocates, Red Rose Inspiration for Animals, CASA Children's Center, Sedona Chamber Music Society.

Rusty's Morningstar Ranch in Cornville is seeking donations for general operations, building fund, endowments and special programs.

You can also give to MATForce to help the fight against drug abuse in Yavapai County. Or help out Connections Equine Therapy in its unique work in Cottonwood - to improve the quality of life of children, teens and adults with physical, emotional, behavioral and cognitive challenges through their experiences with our horses.

The rural nonprofit receiving the most donations on Arizona Gives Day will be awarded $5,000, and the second highest will be awarded $2,500.

The Camp Verde Historical Society actually has two listings for the event. One is for the organization itself. The other is for its project to structurally repair the historic Clear Creek Church.

Construction started on the church in 1898. It is the oldest church in town and one of the oldest in the Verde Valley. It was donated to the Historical Society in 1974 by the Burgbacher family and underwent a major restoration at that time. Now it needs more careful repairs.

"What we're trying to do is get an evaluation of how much it's going to cost to fix it," said Nancy Floyd of the Camp Verde Historical Society. "We think just the evaluation will cost $9,600."

She pointed out that the restoration in the 1970s cost $20,000. It may cost well over $100,000 to repair it now.

"There are some really bad cracks inside and in the foundation," Floyd said. "It was the first church for the people in the valley. It was even a cannery, so people could take all their garden produce and can it for themselves. Gov. Bruce Babbitt was a member of the historical society and he came out for the rededication."

Meanwhile, the Historical Society's other projects include its museum, which used to be the school (1914), the Old Jail (1933) and the George Hance House (1916-17). The Hance House needs a new roof and the exterior wood needs care and paint.

Floyd said she heard about Arizona Gives Day when she was applying for a grant from the Yavapai County Community Foundation. "I called them, and they are the ones who steered me toward that," she said.

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is also participating in Arizona Gives Day. If a large amount of money comes in that day, the first priority will be the new children's area, according to Ken Zoll. Smaller amounts will go to general operating expenses such as salaries and supplies.

"We're trying to get the Kids Discovery Area up and running," Jim Graceffa said. "We're trying for a grant, but there is a lot more that needs to be done so kids of the Verde Valley can access this children's area. It will be a learning center where teachers can bring their students to learn about local archaeology."

The Archaeology Center's goal is to have the kids are at least pulled together by July with programs getting off the ground soon.

"The committee we have for that are two retired teachers, two retired principals and a retired superintendent," Zoll said. "They are working to make it an innovative and interesting area for children."

Clearly, the causes of local nonprofits are diverse. To find your favorite nonprofit, just do a search at

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