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You pick the nonprofits, you pick the amount: Make an impact on Idaho Gives day May 2

Make Idaho stronger by donating to the causes you care about on May 2

Idaho Gives is a 24-hour day of online giving that raises money and awareness for Idaho nonprofits
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Idaho Gives is a 24-hour day of online giving that raises money and awareness for Idaho nonprofits

Do you have the desire to donate but really don’t know where to start? You’re not alone, my friend.

Finding that organization you are especially passionate about can be overwhelming.

Thanks to the Idaho Nonprofit Center, help is just a click away.

The annual Idaho Gives is Thursday, May 2.

The statewide program is a 24-hour day of online giving “designed to bring the state together, raising money and awareness for Idaho nonprofits.”

From 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. (MST), donors can visit to search for and support local organizations, who registered ahead of time in order to be included in this list.

The one-stop-shop site is easy to navigate, providing an alphabetical list of participating nonprofits, their profiles and donation links.

One of the sponsors this year is Idaho Central Credit Union.

Laura Smith, ICCU Director of Public Relations, has been a longtime supporter of Idaho Gives. “Here at ICCU, we love Idaho Gives because it’s a way to support, highlight and celebrate the nonprofits throughout Idaho and the wonderful ways they are contributing to the communities where we live and work.”

In addition to the online giving, there will be corresponding community events on Thursday, May 2:

Boise Future Friends Block Party is from 5 to 10 p.m. at Lost Grove Brewing, 1026 S. La Pointe St., Boise. Connect with more than 50 nonprofits, and enjoy music by Lounge on Fire, Juice, and Messimer. There will also be food and drinks by Lost Grove Brewing, Bittercreek Alehouse, Sushi Shack, The STIL and others. For a complete list of booths and activities, check out the event’s Facebook page.

2C Idaho Gives Party is from 4 to 8 p.m. at Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 2nd St. S., Nampa. Visit donation stations representing many Canyon County nonprofits. Urban Smoke and Mad Mac food trucks and PreFunk Beer Bar in Nampa will provide the grub and brews. For a list of participating nonprofits, go to the event’s Facebook.

Last year, Idaho Gives raised $1.56 million for Idaho nonprofits statewide, exceeding the $1.5 million goal. For the seventh year of Idaho Gives, the 2019 goal is set at $1.7 million.

For more information on the day of giving, as well as a full list of community events, visit

Trash or Treasure

In order to keep more items out of the landfill, Meridian is hosting a communitywide event Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5.

Residents can place unwanted items on the curb (where you normally set your trash for pick-up), and then the public can poke around and take what they like. Get rid of your old desks, weights, chairs, bicycles, etc.

Residents planning to set out items on the curb should visit and mark their location on a map, so interested treasure-seeking citizens can view the map and find the participating homes or neighborhoods.

Any items that don’t get picked up during the weekend event can be donated. Check out the list of local donations centers also on the website.

The Trash or Treasure event coincides with Republic Services’ Spring Clean-Up week, May 6-10.

So if your items were not picked up during Trash or Treasure, or donated, place them on the curb that week on trash day.

If you have bulky items, such as furniture, make prior arrangements by calling 208-345-1265 or noting it online when signing up for Trash or Treasure via the website by Friday, May 3.

Michelle Jenkins compiles event calendars, archives and writes a Helping Works column for the Idaho Statesman. She attended Boise State University and grew up in New Plymouth, Idaho.