As a predominately tourism economy, the negative implications of the pandemic weigh heavily on Park City with ski areas and many hotels having closed a month early. Non-essential businesses are also suspended, but several restaurants have opted to remain open for curbside service and delivery. While this paints a grim picture, the pandemic outbreak is occurring at the best possible time as we enter the off season. Park City officials are hoping that summer events and tourism can still thrive this year.
The beauty of living in a close-knit town like Park City is our ability to come together in the face of a crisis. The coronavirus (COVID-19) public health issue is no exception. We may be socially distant, but the collective outpouring in support of local non-profits helping the most vulnerable Park City residents and businesses is exceptional. Just as our community comes together each year to raise millions during the Live PC Give PC day of charitable donations, locals are doing the same now. The silver lining is the generosity of the Park City community. If you’re looking for ways to make an impact, here are some suggestions.
Park City Foundation
The Park City Foundation’s Community Response Fund has been created to efficiently provide resources to non-profit organizations in Summit County that are on the frontlines of addressing healthcare and financial needs of those directly impacted by the pandemic. Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz has pledged $200,000 to the fund, and luxury real estate community, Promontory Club, has donated $10,000. Individual donations can be made online.
Christian Center of Park City
The food pantry, run by the Christian Center of Park City, is a vital resource for those whom have become unemployed due to coronavirus. The non-profit is asking for financial support to allow them to purchase food items in bulk. Given the rising need of financial help for paying utility bills and medical expenses, the Basic Needs Assistance Fund will be used to offset these costs for members of our community.
People’s Health Clinic
Providing medical care to Summit County’s uninsured, the People’s Health Clinic is experiencing a greater need for personal protective equipment (PPE) during this time. The clinic is also assisting their patients with unemployment claims.
Habitat for Humanity
While building affordable homes may not be considered an immediate need during the pandemic, there will certainly be an even greater demand for it as a result. Habitat is currently building the first two of 26 affordable housing units at the new Silver Creek Village development. They have temporarily lost two major sources of their funding – the ReStore and team builds. As a result, they have to spend more money to keep subcontractors on the job site to continue progress on the homes. Donate Here.
EATS Park City
Dedicated to providing and encouraging healthy eating for kids and families, EATS (Eat Awesome Things) is expanding its Backpack Program in partnership with the Christian Center to ensure children of parents whom have lost income are well fed on the weekends. Backpacks are distributed with nutritious and delicious meals and snacks children can prepare for themselves at home. https://eatsparkcity.org/donate/
Supporting local businesses is another powerful way to strengthen the Park City community. Looking to update your home décor this spring or summer? Shop for new furnishings and accents at any number of showrooms around town. Order some meals for curbside pick-up from a wide array of local restaurants. See our list here. Purchasing gift cards from Park City restaurants and shops is another way to support small businesses. Not only does this help individual businesses, but it keeps your tax dollars in Summit County
Park City has overcome other great challenges in the past, and we have proven what we can accomplish together as a community. Be confident that our remarkable town will get through these difficult times stronger than ever! The tourists will return, and we shall thrive.