JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The Jerome Senior Center, like many organizations like it, is in a bind. They provide an important meal service to people in the area, but they struggle to fund it.
"Our seniors need these senior nutrition programs, the meals on wheels patrons need nutritious, hot meals," said Gillian Minter, the Jerome Senior Center Director.
Minter said the center frequently gets passed over for federal funding and grants. They don't have enough patrons or a large enough budget to receive all the funding they need.
Enter Idaho Gives. The senior center was quick to sign up for the state-wide donation drive. The 24 hour day of giving is set to take place on May 4.
According to the website, idahogives.org: "Idaho Gives – a program of the Idaho Nonprofit Center – is designed to bring the state together, raising money and awareness for Idaho nonprofits."
There are 664 Idaho non-profits signed up. 62 of which are in the Magic Valley. Idaho Gives goal is to raise $1.2 million for charities in the state.
The Jerome Senior Center has a smaller goal.
"We would love raise $5,000," Minter said. "That would go so far to help our meals on wheels program to help with the purchase of raw food and supplies."
You can donate to charities on the Idaho Gives website. You can donate to any of the non-profits listed at any time however.